ASUS makes a bold move into the SSD space, but it's only for those with deep pockets.
T he RAIDR Express marks the first move by ASUS into SSDs. This is an interesting product, if only because it is the first consumer PCI-E SSD that we have seen from someone other than OCZ. It is also the most modern one we have encountered, with inbuilt support for purely UEFI Windows 8 environments.
As one would expect from PCI-Express it is no slouch in the performance stakes either, with very respectable scores in our tests. It managed 189 MB/s read and 245MB/s write in the 64K Threaded test in AS-SSD, one of the better scores we have seen. The only issue is the price, double what we would expect of even the finest SATA SSD, and that keeps the RAIDR express as a thing of aspirations, not a must-have.