OCZ Sets Performance Record with Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD

Paul Lilly

OCZ ditched the DRAM business after helping pioneer a market for enthusiast level RAM, but the company didn't leave behind its power user mentality. That much was demonstrated at the Computex trade show when OCZ set a new benchmark record of more than 1 million 4K write IOPS with a Z-Drive R4 equipped 3U Colfax International Server based on a Supermicro platform with 7.2TB of MLC storage.

"The Z-Drive R4 enables our data center clients to maximize performance in the industry standard 4K file size, and this achievement with Colfax International demonstrates the raw performance benefits and latency reductions that OCZ PCIe SSDs can deliver over multi-terabyte device densities in a single 3U server," said Ryan Petersen , CEO of OCZ Technology Group. "We are proud to enable our clients to deliver servers and storage arrays which provide the highest performance, maximum capacity, and lowest latency available to data centers today."

The setup also delivered over 1.5 million read IOPS (cue the Tim Allen grunt). Impressive, though not terribly surprising considering the Z-Drive's spec sheet. OCZ offers the Z-Drive R4 in half-height, half-length (Z-Drive R4 84) and full-height, three-quarter length (Z-Drive R4 88) form factors. Both are based on SandForce's SF-2000 series controller, with the 84 rated at up to 1,500MB/s read, 1,200MB/s write, and 200,000 IOPS 4K random write speeds, and the 88 offering up to 2,900MB/s read, 2,700MB/s write, and 350,000 IOPS 4K random write speeds.

Image Credit: OCZ

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