OCZ Petrol SSD: NAND Flash Performance at HDD Prices?

Paul Lilly

The race is on to see who can release the first solid state drive to close the gap on hard drive pricing, only nobody seems to be in the running. Until now. OCZ is putting its Indilinx acquisition to good use by launching an Indilinx Everest-based solid state drive series, called Petrol, that's supposed to reduce SSD deployment costs by thirty percent and close in on HDD price points.

If the hard drive shortage goes on much longer, reducing the gap might not be all that commendable, but that's a topic for a different discussion.

"Until today, SSD adoption has been limited to high performance applications due to the high cost of SSDs in relation to slower rotating discs, and we are proud to once again close the gap in pricing without sacrificing durability," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. "The new Petrol Series showcases the flexibility of the Indilinx Everest platform and NDurance Technology, allowing OCZ to deliver the benefits of SSDs to a wide new set of applications while retaining the superior real world performance and reduced latency that separate Everest-based SSDs from our competitors."

OCZ claims its Petrol Series is capable of hitting speeds of up to 400MB/s and 35,000 IOPS, and is optimized for all kinds of file types and sizes. Further enhancing performance are Indilinx-specific features, such as proprietary page mapping algorithms.

The Petrol Series will ship in the coming weeks with models ranging from 64GB to 512GB. There is one minor detail OCZ left out, and that's price.

Image Credit: OCZ

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