This year at CES OCZ, a company mainly known for system memory was not showing a single stick of memory at all! This year OCZ’s focus was all about SSD’s. They showed quite a few new models as well as some really cool enterprise solutions that they will be offering very soon. They also had a few new power supplies as well.
Starting off with one of OCZ’s newest offerings is the Solid 2 Series. These drives will have a max read of 220MB/s and write of 130MB/s, with a max sustained write of up to 100MB/s. OCZ will be offering this drive in 64GB and 128GB versions. Also on the mainstream side OCZ will be releasing 512GB versions of both the Agility and Vertex series drives in Q2 of this year.
The new performance drive from OCZ is going to be the Vertex 2 drive. This drive is going to be based off the new SandForce SSD chip. The unofficial specs on the drive are a max read of 270MB/s max write of 260MB/s and an IOPS (4k random write) of 9500. So as you can see with this new chipset OCZ is really going to set the standard when it comes to high performance SSD’s. They will be offering this drive in 50GB, 100GB, 200GB and 400GB models.
Moving onto the enterprise sector there are 2 new drives. They are the Vertex 2 Pro and the Vertex 2 Pro EX, which are both based off the new SandForce chip. The difference between the 2 drives is that the Vertex 2 Pro is MLC and the Vertex 2 Pro EX is SLC. Both offer a max read speed of 280MB/s and a max write speed of 270MB/s. Just like the Vertex 2 drive these specs are unofficial. The Vertex 2 Pro will be offered in 50GB, 100GB, 200GB and 400GB versions. The Vertex 2 Pro EX will be offered in 50GB, 100GB and 200GB versions.
OCZ also had their 3.5-inch Colossus SSD on display. If you have not heard of the Colossus drive it is the industry’s first 1TB solid state drive, which also features internal RAID 0. That is the reason that it is in the 3.5-inch form factor. It boasts read and write speeds of 260MB/s. Besides the 1TB version it is also available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB versions. Be on the lookout for a Colossus 2 coming from OCZ as well.
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