Long time readers of Maximum PC magazine know we've been impressed in the past with PC Power & Cooling power supplies, which have powered a number of Dream Machine configurations over the years. While things have been pretty quiet over at the PCP&P camp as of the late, OCZ on Wednesday made some noise when it unveiled the Silencer Mk II PSU.
"I am thrilled see the new Silencer Mk II brought to market and provide the premier power management solution to power users of all kinds, from enthusiasts to industrial OEMs," commented Ryan Edwards, Director of Product Management at OCZ Technology. "The Mk II is a perfect blend of proven, long-term technology and the newest cutting-edge design. With 25 years of high-performance power supply experience, PC Power & Cooling has always been at the forefront of the computing industry, and the Silencer Mk II represents an exciting new chapter in a long history of providing uncompromising quality and lasting value to its customers."
The new Mk II series comes in a variety of power configurations, including 500W, 650W, 750W, and 950W. With the exception of the 80+ Bronze 500W model, all the rest are 80+ Silver certified (88 percent efficiency). True to PCP&P's design philosophy, all Mk II models sport a single +12V rail, as well as a thermally controlled 135mm double-ball bearing fan.
OCZ clearly hopes the perceived rarity of its Limited Edition Vertex drive will increase desire for the product. A limited run of 5,000 is one way to do that. But if you’ve got a drive with performance this good, wouldn’t you want everyone to buy one?
Like the OWC Mercury Extreme Enterprise, the OCZ Vertex Limited Edition is a 100GB drive built on the SandForce SF-1500 controller. It’s the same architecture as OCZ’s cancelled Vertex 2 Pro, and when the 5,000 Limited Edition drives run out, there will doubtless be a successor waiting.
OCZ, which began life as a small enthusiast memory company back in the day, is putting on its suit and stepping into Wall Street. Starting this Friday, April 23, the company will be listed on the NASDAQ Capital Markets under the ticker symbol "OCZ."
"Trading on the NASDAQ has been a goal of OCZ since we listed in the US, and our approval is a significant milestone for our shareholders," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ. "Our core initiatives are focused on strengthening our position in the burgeoning SSD market, which our recent announcements on retail and enterprise product launches and the signing of distribution partners for our SSD products represent. We look forward to gaining visibility on the NASDAQ and utilizing the benefits of trading on the exchange."
It's not surprising that OCZ wants to pump up its SSD business. The company has been one of the most active players in solid state storage, releasing a range of SSDs from the entry-level on up to enthusiast-grade drives, including PCI-E based units appropriate for enterprise settings.
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OCZ hasn't forgotten its roots and has introduced yet another DDR3 memory kit to its lineup, this one aimed at tackling memory-demanding applications and intensive design and editing software. The new "Gold Series" comes in both 4GB and 8GB dual-channel capacities.
"As new software for productivity and entertainment become available consumers are looking to get the very most out of their PC’s and our new 4GB DDR3 modules will help them do exactly that," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group. "Designed for both Intel and AMD platforms, the new 8GB Dual Channel Kits improve application loading times, frame rates and task switching, all of which make them an excellent solution for everyone from graphic designers to gamers."
Both kits come rated at 1333MHz and sport 9-9-9-20 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS) memory timings. They also come with OCZ's now familiar gold layered Z3 XTC heatspreaders.
There's no mistaking OCZ's new Colossus LT SSD for what it is: a desktop drive. Measuring 3.5 inches, you're not going to stuff one of these inside your notebook, not if you have any hopes of it ever working again, anyway.
"Designed to offer PC enthusiasts a best-in-class storage upgrade from traditional hard disc drives, the innovative Colossus LT Series features incredible speed and ample storage for the complete gamut of gaming, multimedia and demanding productivity applications," OCZ claims. "The Colossus delivers all the proven benefits of SSDs such as superior system responsiveness, ultra-fast data access, and greater durability, while providing the storage capacity desktop users demand."
Available in 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB configurations, the Colossus shatters the notion that SSDs have to be short on storage. Noteworthy features include an dual-controller design, internal RAID 0, 128MB of onboard cache, background garbage collection, read and write speeds up to 260MB/s each, sustained writes up to 220MB/s, and max IOPs of 15,000 (4K random).
Street pricing starts at about $450 and goes on up to about $3,500.
It seems like every few weeks OCZ comes out with a new SSD, and this time around, the company announced two new products to its flash-based storage lineup. Both the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 target enthusiasts with high transfer rates and relatively high capacities.
"OCZ’s original Vertex Series of solid state drives have become a top seller due to the product’s exceptional performance and reliability," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. "The new Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SSD lines continue that tradition by incorporating the latest controller and firmware technology. They are an excellent solution for customers who are looking for improved transfer rates and best-in-class input/output per second (IOPS) for a wide range of uses, ranging from entertainment to workstation and tier 2 storage applications. Additionally, this new product line highlights our continuing determination to be the market leader in the high reliability memory and flash-based storage market."
Both drives come rated at up to 285MB/s read and 275MB/s write speeds, and both are available in 50GB, 100GB, 200GB, and 400GB capacities. So what separates the two? According to OCZ, the higher-end Vertex 2 has been tuned for 4KB random writes up to 50,000 IOPs, while the Agility 2 boasts random writes up to 10,000 IOPS.
We'd all love to deck out our rigs with high-capacity, high-performance SSDs, but for most, it just isn't practical. That doesn't mean the benefits of an SSD are lost on the mainstream market, and if you're willing to settle for a lower capacity drive, there are some compelling options finally starting to appear.
As a result, there's a rush among SSD makers to cater to entry-level and mainstream consumers, and Kingston thinks it has a leg up on the competition. Citing un-named industry sources, DigiTimes says Kingston has shipped about 30,000 low-priced SSDs, prompting other companies to release low-priced units of their own.
If you ask Kingston, its 30GB SSD is the better option over Intel's new 40GB X25-V, and if looking strictly at street pricing, they're right, even if just barely. Intel's 40GB X25-V streets for about $125, or about $3.12 per GB. Kingston's 30GB SSDNow V Series streets for $92, or about $3.07 per GB. Kingston's drive is also rated a little bit faster with up to 180MB/s read and 50MB/s write speeds, compared to 170MB/s and 35MB/s, respectively.
Of course, hard drives still trump SSDs in capacity and price per GB, which begs the question, is anyone interested in these so-called value oriented SSDs? Hit the jump and sound off!
OCZ may have gotten caught up in glitz and glamor of owning a boutique system building business. After all, all the cool kids were doing it, including Dell (Alienware) and HP (Voodoo). Or maybe it was a case of wanting to run with the big dogs. Either way, less than three years after acquiring Hypersonic PC, OCZ has had its fill and is ready to move on.
We're not the least bit surprised that OCZ has come out with yet another solid state drive (SSD), but here's something you probably weren't expecting: It costs less than $100.
OCZ's new Onyx SATA II 2.5-inch SSD series looks to tackle the mainstream market by putting more focus on price than it does with raw performance or high capacity. Available initially only in 32GB form, the Onxy drive offers up to 125MB/s read and up to 70MB/s write speeds, so it's not going to knock out the competition. But it will make a solid argument for a netbook or boot drive.
"As new technologies become available, OCZ continues to expand both our enterprise and consumer SSD lines, and one of our goals is to make SSDs more affordable to end-users. Our new Onyx series SSD does exactly that and is a perfect solution for netbooks, laptops, or home desktop PCs," commented Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group. "Designed to offer the best of both worlds, the new OCZ Onyx SSD delivers the speed and reliability of solid state storage to mainstream consumers at an aggressive price point that makes the technology more accessible to customers who want to take advantage of all the benefits of the SSDs without incurring the high cost normally associated with the solution."
Few other details are available, such as which controller the Onyx uses, though we do know it comes with 64MB of cache and serves up TRIM support.
No word yet on when this one will make it to market.
OCZ has been so busy pumping out SSDs as of late, it's easy to forget the company also churns out power supplies. OCZ hasn't forgotten, and coming soon, the company will add to its PSU lineup with a new Fatal1ty 750W unit.
Currently being shown at the CeBIT exhibition, the Fatal1ty sports an all new modular design fitted with low-profile modular cables. It also boasts a single +12V rail, a staple of PC Power & Cooling units, now a subsidiary of OCZ.
Other features include all Japanese made solid-state primary capacitors, a double ball bearing 135mm red LED fan, and 80+ Bronze certification with 85 percent efficiency.