By now, many have seen the news about Apex’s new storage solution called X21. The X21 is a massive single AIC that can hold up to 21x M.2 SSDs, which is incredible
It should be noted that the X21 can be configured in many different ways and is primarily designed for high-end servers and workstations. The X21 is not equipped with a RAID control chip, which allows end users to configure it according to system requirements. Also, the card is not equipped with fans, so users need to have support for cooling fans. Generally, this solution is good for servers with many cooling fans. In a workstation, additional fans may be required.
Features of the new Sabrent Apex X21 Destroyer
The specifications of the Apex X21 are as follows:
- accommodates 21 M.2 Gen 4 NVME SSDs 168 TB+ of storage per board
- 31GBps read/write speed. Industry-leading IOPS
- 100 PCIe 4.0 lanes
- Full UEFI/Secure Boot support
Sabrent is always at the cutting edge of technology. In a single board configuration, the X21 can deliver sequential read and write speeds of up to 30.5GBps and 28.5GBps, respectively. Random performance on the AIC consists of 7.5 million read IOPS and 6.2 million write IOPS. X21 has been equipped with as many as 21 Rocket 4 Plus 8TB SSDs to reach the maximum capacity of 168TB Gen 4 storage space on a single card. The AIC uses a single slot PCIe x16 slot which leaves room for other cards or even another X21, which can be combined with the first card. Two 6-pin power connectors are required to power the X21. The X21 uses 4 screws to hold the AIC together, which connect through two rear panel connections. It’s pretty easy to disassemble and install as many SSD drives as you need. Internal tests are currently being carried out. Then it will be sent for an independent review.
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