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OCZ Storage Solutions Launches New Z-Drive 4500 PCIe SSD Series with Windows Accelerato​r (WXL) Software

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OCZ launched the new Z-Drive 4500 for the enterprise market. The Z-Drive 4500 is a PCI Express SSD that delivers higher performance compare to the OCZ’s Z-Drive R4 Series as it leverages 19 nm MLC NAND flash and the LSI SandForce SF-2582 controller. The drive has a rated maximum read of 2,9000 MB/s, maximum write up to 2,200 MB/s, sustained 4K random read of 252K IOPS, sustained 4K random write of 76K IOPS, sustained 8K random read of 155K IOPS, and sustained 8K random writes of 31K IOPS. The drives come with many data protection features that are critical to the enterprise environment such as critical power loss data protection, end-to-end data path protection, 128-bit AES encryption, temperature sensing and thermal throttling. In addition, a newly designed casing aimed to provide better thermal efficiency.  The drive comes in 800GB, 1.6TB, and 3.2TB storage capacity. They will come with OCZ’s new ... Read More »

OCZ Technology Launches New Enterprise​-Class Intrepid 3000 Series SSDs

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OCZ has had some bad news lately with the filing for bankruptcy but the Toshiba buyout may helped the company coming back even stronger. The bad news does not prevent the company from releasing a new product. Today, OCZ has released a new Intrepid 3000 Series enterprises SSD. The Intrepid 3000 uses OCZ Everest controller based on Marvell 88SS9187 controller (same as in Vertex 4) paired with OCZ’s own proprietary firmware. The drive has a rated 520 MB/s for sequential read (128K blocks), 470 MB/s sequential write (128K blocks), 91,000 IOPS random read and 40,000 IOPS random writes. The number reported here may seemed a bit lower than what we used to but it is based on the steady state which the drive is writing, erasing and re-writing data repeatedly over the full capacity of the rive. So these are the worst case scenario number. For the enterprise market, data ... Read More »

OCZ Files for Bankruptcy

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The troubling company OCZ has filed bankruptcy on November 25, 2013. OCZ has been in financial trouble for some time but things were looking better with the company restructuring. Unfortunately, it appears that it is not enough to save the company. OCZ was one of the major players in the SSD market where it was the first company to introduce drive based on the SandForce controller with their Vertex 2.The acquisition of the Indilinx controller also helped the company to produce good performance drives such as Vector. Unfortunately for OCZ drives are sometimes affected by poor reliability which may caused the poor sales its drives that ultimately results in the loss of the revenue.  OCZ has received an offer from Toshiba Corporation to acquire the company’s assets. Besides Indilinx, OCZ also has PLX and PC Power & Cooling in its assets. The agreement is subject to various conditions that includes ... Read More »

OCZ Vertex 450 2x128GB RAID

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Looking at the model number of the OCZ Vertex 450 and you would be thinking that the product falls in the same family as the Vertex 4. However, the only thing that the Vertex 450 shares with the Vertex 4 is only the branding of Vertex. Other than that, the Vertex 450 actually is more closely related to the performance Vector series SSD that OCZ has launched late last year. The Vertex 450 uses the same Barefoot III (part number IDX500M10-BC) controller as the Vector but instead of using 25nm NAND MLC chip as the Vector, the Vertex 450 is paired with the die-shrunk 20nm MLC NAND. The shift to 20nm fabrication process is inevitable in order to save costs and to increase the NAND capacity so that manufacturers could pack more bits per die. This not only drives the price of the SSD down but also helps to increase the ... Read More »

OCZ Introduces new Deneva 2 Series

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OCZ updated the Deneva 2, the enterprise SSD, with 19 nm toggle NAND flash. The Deneva 2 uses LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller and will come in three capacity: 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB. It is rated to have up to 550 MB/s read, 520 MB/s write, 45,000 IOPS 4K random read, and 34,000 IOPS 4K random write. The new Deneva 2 includes advanced features such as data fail recovery, intelligent block management, wear leveling and robust error correction. The new model also has lower power consumption. Related posts: Seagate 600 Pro SSD 400GB (ST400FP0021) One thing you can be certain of in the tech... OCZ Vertex 3.20 – Vertex 3 updated to 20nm   Today we get a chance to look at OCZ’s... OCZ Vector 256GB The latest Vector from OCZ uses the Indilinx Barefoot 3... OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD SSD’s are growing ever more popular, and we’ve reviewed a... Read More »

OCZ Vertex 3.20 – Vertex 3 updated to 20nm

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  Today we get a chance to look at OCZ’s newest refresh of the Vertex series with the Vertex 3.20. The update is actually hidden in plain sight as this update utilizes 20nm NAND. Now let’s see what the drive has to offer. Related posts: ADATA SX900 128GB Review   Today we look at the new ADATA SX 900... OCZ Vector 256GB The latest Vector from OCZ uses the Indilinx Barefoot 3... Silicon Power S70 7mm SSD for Ultrabook The Silicon Power Slim S70 (SP240GBSS3S70S25) paired the LSI SandForce... Kingston V300 120GB, 7mm Slim SSD On a Budget   Today we look at the new V300 Drive from... Read More »

OCZ Vector 256GB

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The latest Vector from OCZ uses the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller paired with OCZ’s own branded NAND and the firmware. This marked the first drive from OCZ with all in-house construction. How does the drive fare against other SSDs on the market? We take the 256GB version out for a spin. Let’s find out. Related posts: OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD SSD’s are growing ever more popular, and we’ve reviewed a... Silicon Power S70 7mm SSD for Ultrabook The Silicon Power Slim S70 (SP240GBSS3S70S25) paired the LSI SandForce... ADATA SX900 128GB Review   Today we look at the new ADATA SX 900... Read More »

OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD

SSD’s are growing ever more popular, and we’ve reviewed a lot of them by now. Today we’re checking out the 256GB version of OCZ’s newest addition to the SSD lineup: the OCZ Agility 4. Related posts: ADATA SX900 128GB Review   Today we look at the new ADATA SX 900... InWin GRone Full-Tower Chassis The InWin GRone is a great-looking case that has potential... Read More »

OCZ Vertex 4 256GB (VTX4-25SAT3-256G)

OCZ ditched the SandForce controller in their Vertex 4, instead opting for their own Indilinx Everest 2 controller. How does the new controller perform compared to others? Can it carry the Vertex brand to the next level?  No related posts. Read More »

Intel SSD 520 240GB

This drive has been advertised as the fastest SSD to date. Does it really pack the punch Intel claims it does? Keep reading to find out! No related posts. Read More »

OCZ Synapse Cache 64GB SSD

Want snappy performance without breaking the bank? The OCZ Synapse is a budget SSD caching solution, and offers great performance for a reasonable price. No related posts. Read More »

OCZ Vertex 3

The OCZ Vertex 3 uses the new SandForce SF-2000 controller, and is now the fastest SSD on the market. Keep reading to find out exactly how fast this drive can perform. No related posts. Read More »

OCZ RevoDrive 80GB

OCZ RevoDrive is a PCI-E storage SSD that brings excellent performance with its SandForce controller in RAID 0 configuration. Read on to see just how much extra performance this card packs. No related posts. Read More »

OCZ Solid 2

We compare the latest budget SSD from OCZ, the Solid 2, that is based on the Indilinx Barefoot controller to the mechanical hard drives in RAID configuration. Let’s find out if it is time to dump that big and heavy 3.5” hard drives for a smaller and faster SSD. No related posts. Read More »

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