Here's an interesting tidbit for those Maximum PC readers who were wondering why the two biggest players in mechanical hard drives have yet to seriously jump into the SSD waters: OCZ's shares are currently spiking after insider rumors claimed that Seagate and Micron are considering buying out the company.
Another week, another new SSD offering from OCZ. (Don't those guys ever take a break?) A couple of months after introducing its new Indilinx Everest 2 controller in the Vertex 4, OCZ's bringing its baby to the Agility line. The OCZ Agility 4 is being billed as a low-cost SATA 3.0 SSD solution, and the company claims that the low cost makes it an ideal solution for consumer-y uses such as "mainstream entertainment, gaming, and mobile storage applications."
Thin is in, as it pertains to the tech world, and the current trend is towards increasingly skinny devices. Just take one look at the Ultrabook frenzy, including similar devices that don't carry Intel's official Ultrabook label, but are just as flat and portable nonetheless. Catering to this crowd of thin and light machine owners is OCZ, which is rolling out a line of low profile Vertex 3 solid state drives.
One of the big knocks against SSDs is that they simply don't have the same storage capacities as traditional mechanical HDDs. Well, that argument's about to fly out the window: OCZ is finally making good on its promise to deliver a 1TB SSD as part of its 2.5-inch Octane lineup.
When is an Indilinx Everest SSD Controller not an Indilinx Everest SSD Controller? Pretty much all the time, as it turns out -- at least physically. OCZ purchased Indilinx back in 2011 and has shipped two generations of Everest-powered SSDs; the OCZ Octane sported the first gen tech, while the new OCZ Vertex 4 rocks an Indilinx Everest 2 controller. Yesterday, it came to light that both variations actually use Marvell hardware, but with Indilinx-developed custom firmware.
The hardworking folks over at OCZ have been busy little beavers today: not only did the company announce its new and improved Indilinx Everest 2 controller for SSDs, but it's also gone ahead and unveiled a new Vertex 4 SSD line to show off the new controller's chops. If the numbers being tossed around in OCZ's multiple press releases are any indication, the Indilinx Everest 2 and Vertex 4 should be big improvements over their predecessors.
Way back in May of last year, OCZ announced it was rolling out a new firmware update for its Indilinx SSD controllers, the more-than-a-mouthful "Arowana Flash Translation Layer" update. Vertex Plus owners received the swanky new software in relatively short order, but it took until now -- nearly 10 months later -- for Indilinx Barefoot-controlled SSDs to garner the same attention. They say it's better late than never, though, and initial reports claim that Arowana delivers some solid results.
Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel has been a busy sponsor this week, first with his pseudonym being used on a new high-end X79 motherboard from ASRock, and now on a new high-wattage modular power supply for OCZ, which announced today the addition of a 1000W PSU to its Fatal1ty line of modular units targeted at gamers and enthusiasts. It's the third PSU in OCZ's Fatal1ty line and the only one of the three that's 80 Plus Gold certified.
With so much data moving to the cloud these days, OCZ figured the time was right to roll out its Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCI Express solid storage solution, essentially a massive 16TB solid state drive (SSD) designed to accelerate cloud computing applications and significantly cut down operating costs in the data center, the company explains.
OCZ acquired solid-state drive (SSD) controller manufacturer Indilinx in March, 2011 for around $32 million. Much later that year, it announced a new range of Sata 6Gb/s SSDs based on the Indilinx Everest controller. Although these new Octane SSDs have received mostly positive reviews, they are not the best that money can buy when it comes to performance. This is especially true where random write performance is concerned. Now, though, there is something that you can do about it, thanks to the release of a “new enhanced IOPS firmware (v1.13).”