OCZ had quite a lot to show us at CES this year. We all know them for making quality memory, solid state drives and power supplies. It seems OCZ is updating each one of these product lines with new more powerful products! They even had a solid state drive in one of their demo’s that broke 1GB/s in ATTO! So without further ado lets see what OCZ has for you in 2011.
Solid State Drives
Let’s start out with one of the fastest solid state drives that OCZ offers; The Z-Drive R3. This drive is PCI-Express-based like the Revo Drive 50GB we reviewed a little while ago, except it is based off PCI-Express Gen 2 x8. This drive features the SandForce SF-1565 controller and boasts speeds of 1000MB/s read and 950MB/s write! It is available in MLC, eMLC, and SLC with the following capacities: MLC/eMLC: 300, 600, 1.2TB, SLC: 150GB, 300GB, 600GB. Of course this drive is not really for the consumer market, it is for enterprise users. No word yet on pricing.
Finally OCZ is releasing a SATA 6GB/s solid state drive, well 2 actually! Let’s start with the Vertex 3 EX. This drive is based off the SandForce SF-2582 controller, uses SLC flash memory and boasts speeds of 550MB/s read and 525MB/s write. This drive will be available in capacities ranging from 64GB – 512GB.
The other SATA 6GB/s drive is the Vertex 3 Pro. This drive is also based off the SandForce SF-2582 controller, but unlike the Vertex 3 EX it uses MLC and eMLC flash memory. It features the same transfer rates of up to 550MB/s read and 525MB/s write. It is also available in capacities ranging from 64GB – 512GB. The Vertex 3 Pro will be available in Q2 of 2011.
The last solid state drive from OCZ is the IBIS. OCZ has developed a HSDL (High Speed Data Link) to eliminate the exhisitng I/O bottlenecks and take SSD technology to new heights. So this drive is bundled with a single port HSDL PCI-Express adapter card, there is also a 4 port HSDL adapter available. This drive is available in capacities ranging from 100GB – 960GB. Of course this is also made for enterprise. OCZ also has an optical version of the drive.
OCZ had a tech demo with what they call the IBIS XL, which fits in a 5.25-inch drive bay. This is a 4TB drive and has read speeds up to 1800MB/s and write speeds up to 1700MB/s. The IBIS XL will not be for sale. It is purely to demonstrate OCZ’s ability to customize their technology for virtually any application and maximize its potential.
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