LG has a need for speed, and it's not the kind that Electronic Arts or Goose or Maverick can satisfy. Instead it's OCZ's subsidiary, Indilinix, that's providing LG with a shot of adrenaline by injecting its Super Ultrabook Z300 with a fast 256GB mSATA solid state drive (SSD) based on Everest. The Z330 will ship with a 256GB SSD that will be anything but a bottleneck.
After OCZ snatched up SSD controller-maker Indilinx back in March of 2011, it took them nearly nine months to work the company’s speedy new Everest controller into an actual product. (The Everest-sporting OCZ Octane launched back in the beginning of November.) It’s going to take them less time than that to roll out an Everest update; at CES, OCZ is showing off its new Everest 2 controller, which doubles up on the first-gen’s random IOPS performance and should hit the streets in June.
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.
In Greek mythology, Talos was a giant bearded man made of bronze, a human statue forged by Hephaistos and tasked with circling the island of Crete three times a day to guard it against pirates. The Talos 2 is something completely different. It's a Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) solid state drive (SSD) series built for enterprise chores, and unlike its comparatively giant 3.5-inch predecessor, OCZ's second generation Talos series is available in a compact 2.5-inch form factor.
Harold Camping totally blew it when he calculated the world would end in October (and every earlier date as well), but had he predicted this would be the year PC Power & Cooling finally launched a modular power supply, he would have looked like a genius. PCP&P, as many of you are familiar with, takes a no-nonsense approach to PSU design, and maintained that philosophy even when it was acquired by OCZ. The new Silencer Mk III is the company's first ever modular PSU, and purportedly just as reliable as any other unit sporting a PCP&P label.
OCZ's new RevoDrive 3 X2 Max IOPS solid state drive should come with a warning label that reads: Warning, may cause whiplash, extreme giddiness, and feelings of euphoria -- these feelings will not subside. No such warning exists on OCZ's latest RevoDrive line, but that's how we'd market a PCI Express SSD capable of the silly fast numbers OCZ plastered on the spec sheet.
Just when all seems bleak on the storage front, a possible savior has emerged: OCZ. No, the company doesn’t have plans to open an HDD facility in a dry location and start pumping out traditional drives. Instead, the solid-state-focused OCZ plans on rolling out a new, cheaper type of SSD early in 2012, in exactly the same time period that experts think traditional HDD reserves will be drying up.
Surely SandForce must have had it's fair share of suitors that may have included Intel, Corsair, SanDisk, Western Digital, and others. But it wasn't any of these of solid state drive (SSD) players who rolled the dice on SandForce, and instead it was a company called LSI who scooped up the popular SSD chipset maker. Now the question is, what does the future hold for SandForce and its clients, and in particular OCZ?
The common line on solid state drives is that you can’t beat their speed, but the itty-bitty storage space capabilities leave a lot to be desired, at least on laptops. OCZ’s new Octane series of SSDs want to put an end to that disclaimer. The Octane line claims to be the first to cram 1 TB of SSD storage into a slim and trim 2.5-inch laptop drive, and if that wasn’t enough, its advertised read-write speeds are freakin’ fast. Maybe they should have called it the High Octane series?
The power supply scene is inundated with options, both big and small, as well as wired and modular. Your choices dwindle drastically, however, if you're looking for a fully modular PSU where every single power cable is detachable, including the main 24-pin ATX cable. That's what OCZ's new ZT Series of power supplies bring to the cable, along with modest wattage ratings at pedestrian price points.