After almost a month of launch, AMD has finally enabled SSD RAID feature in its CPU. The AMD Threadripper NVMe SSD RAID feature will enable performance for up to 6X read scaling and 5.38X write scaling. AMD demonstrated it with a chart of one to six disks setup.
The test was conducted on AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, 4x8GB DDR4 3200 MHz and Asus Zenith Extreme X399 motherboard. SSDs used were Samsung 960 Pro NVMe SSD. The same link provides a complete FAQ guide on how to setup the Threadripper NVMe SSD Raid.
Threadripper NVMe SSD Raid only supports Windows 10 x64 build 1703 at the moment. X399 Motherboards will require a BIOS upgrade to enable the feature. Users will have to coordinate with their motherboard manufacturer for BIOS update.
The current support for Threadripper NVMe SSD Raid is up to seven simultaneous PCIe devices without adapters. Therefore if you have a single GPU installed you can hook up to 6 PCIe NVMe SSDs, practically speaking.
The performance gains on the above-mentioned chart seems quite stable with surprising numbers. From the test systems at AMD they got a monstrous 21.2GB/s from six disks in RAID0. Similarly to get this sort of a gain Intel users with X299 chipset have to pay $1299 for virtual RAID CPU (VROC) key costs, although for Intel SSDs.
This is again a surprising benchmark in terms of value for money. Threadripper has raised the bar to a new level. Because with such performance gains in RAID mode, data read and write on a large scale workloads will become far more efficient and effective.
Originally when AMD launched the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X CPUs. There was no SSD Raid support available directly from the BIOS and you had to configure it after the boot separately. But once again, this is how convenience is driven from a commitment delivery point. Threadripper NVMe SSD Raid is here and it’s fabulous.