OCZ’s New SSD Abandons SATA

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Keith E. Whisman

I'm sticking with my prediction. This time next year SSD's will be alot closer to being the norm and alot more competitive with HDD's in Price and Capacity. I believe that the Economy is going to rebound sometime in the next nine months, this and the fact that competition amongst manufacturers and companies starting to realize production numbers after factory expansions will drive prices down. Right now the only reason the prices are so high is the high cost of manufacturing and limited supply of NAND Flash Memory Chips. As manufacturing costs get lower and yields higher the costs of manufacture and subsequent sales will drop significantly. We have already witnessed such drops in price with SSD's. It's going to get cheaper and the prices will start dropping very fast. 

I could be wrong and an astroid will hit the earth and kill all life long before the sun consumes all of it's Hydrogen and expands to eat up the earth as it consumes Helium. 

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bingojubes

finally, something i can use that will take up that expansion slot!

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burntjuggalas

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Bigfoot

Available in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities       
256MB Onboard Cache       
Onboard RAID Controller       
PCI-Express 2.0 interface (x4)       
245mm x 124mm x 22mm       
Weight ~ 500g       
Operating Temp: +5ºC ~ +55ºC       
Storage Temp: -20ºC ~ +80ºC       
MTBF 900,000 hours       
2 year warranty       
OS Compatibility: Windows XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Windows 7 32/64, Mac OS X 10 and Above

250GB Max Performance       
Read: Up to 450 MB/s       
Write: Up to 300MB/s       
Sustained Write: Up to 200MB/s

500GB Max Performance       
Read: Up to 510 MB/s       
Write: Up to 480MB/s       
Sustained Write: Up to 200MB/s

1TB Max Performance       
Read: Up to 500 MB/s       
Write: Up to 470MB/s       
Sustained Write: Up to 200MB/s

Part Numbers       
250GB - OCZSSDPCIE-1ZDRV250G       
500GB- OCZSSDPCIE-1ZDRV500G       
1TB
- OCZSSDPCIE-1ZDRV1T       

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kiaghi7

It makes me happy on so many levels... some of them aren't even of a sexual nature! :D

 

The only thing that makes me happier is thinking that it's a first generation product, capacity will rapidly increase, performance will as well, and price will come down considerably by the time this is a "mainstream" product. If anything this will eventually benefit everyone in the long term because it causes external and internal competition for high speed storage media options.

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DOOMHAMMA

I can't wait for the day when this stuff becomes accessible to every day consumers. Me want!

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jvc08

HOW MUCH!!!??? can someone please tell me how much this thing is going to cost?

maybe they should make a 64gb or 128gb version if it is 2 expensive?

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TheMurph

250GB = roughly $1,000-$1,200.  1TB = roughly $3,000

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Keith E. Whisman

I think that $600 dollars would be more reasonable for a 1TB OCZ SSC. Will they do it for $600? I think it's going to happen sometime with in the next 12 months. So a 1TB high end SSD drive by next April. I believe that there will be enough competition that will pretty much insist on the prices dropping.

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TheMurph

Are you kidding me?  You can't even pick up a single 250GB Vertex SSD for that much, let alone four of them RAIDed together in a nifty little enclosure.

SSD prices will come down someday -- just like how the Earth will someday be destroyed by the sun.  As to when that will happen, well, same deal.

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devin3627

You've got to be kidding me. it's "still" new and it's going to take longer, like 2 years. when videogame consoles and many portable devices mainstream shipped with NAND SSD. i am for digital downloads, blu-ray is going obsolete. no more scratched discs and slow loading screens!

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Arkhon

No thank you, I like a physical copy of my games, without DRM or the like. I like the ability to loan my game disk to my friend once I'm done with it. I like the ability to buy used games at a lower price. I like the ability to actually have removable media. Blu-ray isn't going to be obsolete for a while.

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quickone

PCIe, now that is some out of the box thinking.  1Tb?  Anyone ever read A Modest Proposal on how to make money?  Or one could sell a kidney, you have two...

 

 Now if only MPC could figure out how to allow firefox to check spelling in the comment section...

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mikemckay

If only there was a SSD that was CHEAP and FAST.......if someone sold a ssd that was 32 gigs and capable of those speeds id buy

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emepror

built in raid controler if i remeber so it will boot from a PCI-E slot no matter what

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benvoliothefirst

Holy CRAP.

Now THAT'S an interesting idea. Way to think outside the box. Having said that, however... don't think I can afford to part with my car in order to have enough cash to get something like this.

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MAXPCreader07

But is it bootable?

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jvc08

i want to know that too!!!

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roninnder

Depends on your bios.  Does it support booting from a PCIe device?  Mine does not.

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jvc08

i have a msi x58 platinum, anyone know if it can?

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the_crowbar

"hooking directly onto a spare PCIe slot." You should probably specify that this connects to a PCIe 1x slot. At least I assume it does, judging from the picture. When I hear spare PCIe slot I think 16x, and usually forget that 1x even exists. Anyway, cool article; looks interesting. 

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BAMT

Therefore, you won't be able to use this in a PCIe x1 slot. Why 4x? Because on PCIe x1 card, the data side of the slot insert is actually smaller than the power side. (If my terms are wrong, then "the left side is larger than the right" should help.)

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roninnder

Any PCIe device that can plug into a 1x slot can plug into any of the others, including a 16x slot.  The difference in size makes no difference functionally, although a 16x card will obviously not fit into a 1x slot.

So there's no need to specify, since in this case any PCIe slot will do.

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anonuser

I believe what he meant is that the picture above is a PCI-e 4x device. Not a 1x, thus not 1x compatible.

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n0ctis

+1 Interesting

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Torcflaed

another company is making a simular drive for servers and it is not bootable.

however even if this drive is not bootable you can always have a regular SATA drive with a boot directory that redirects the boot process to the SSD drive it would add a few seconds to the boot time but once the redirect is done the rest of the boot would be Fast!!

but in the end wether it is bootable or not may be in the OS, you hear me Microsoft? get off your butt and make a system patch to boot off these things!!!!

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