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.
OCZ has finally issued a fix for the BSOD/disconnect issue plaguing its SF-2200 based solid-state drives (SSDs). The problem isn’t limited to OCZ drives alone, but is known to affect drives with Sandforce SF-2200 controllers from other vendors as well. However, OCZ is the first vendor to issue a fix, which comes in form of a firmware update.
Remember being angry and disappointed when OCZ dumped its DRAM business to pursue other interests? Looking back, it's hard to argue with that decision, and even more so when you consider the numbers. OCZ said it wanted to concentrate its efforts on the solid state drive market, and as a result, the company's SSD revenue reached a record $71.1 million in its second fiscal quarter of 2012. That's a 252 percent gain from one year prior when SSD revenue was $20.2 million.
OCZ this week unveiled its Synapse Cache Series 2.5-inch solid state drive family. These aren't like most other SSDs in that they're not meant to stand on their own two feet. With the aid of built-in Dataplex cache software, OCZ's Synapse Series works alongside your existing hard drive and intercepts frequently accessed data to speed up system performance.
If you’re looking for the blazing-fast read/write speeds of a solid state drive combined with the massive storage capacities of traditional models, OCZ just announced a hybrid drive with your name on it. The RevoDrive Hybrid does more than just mash-up a 100GB SSD and a 1TB HDD, it also tosses PCIe transfer technology into the mix, allowing it to achieve data transfer speeds much faster than the SATA-sporting Seagate hybrids on the market.
With its desktop DDR DRAM business now dead and buried, OCZ is making good use of its additional R&D resources by cranking out solid state drives at a breakneck pace, and the company's newly announced Z-Drive Revision 4 (R4) PCI Express storage solutions offer breakneck speeds for the enterprise. They also "significantly reduce total cost of ownership in the data center," OCZ says.
Don't have a fortune to plunk down on a power supply? Fair enough, but don't use that as excuse to roll the dice with a generic label promising high watts for pennies on the dollar. Cheaply constructed units do fail, and when it happens, it's not pretty. With that in mind, OCZ's hoping PSU shoppers with modest coin to spend will turn to its new ZS line.
It took few a months for OCZ's acquisition of Indilinx to bear fruit, but it finally has with the unveiling of the Indilinx Everest SATA 3.0 SSD platform. The Everest controller features a dual-core ARM chip that supports the 6Gbps interface, up to 1TB of storage per controller, and according to OCZ, it's the first ASIC-based controller to enable state of the art triple-level cell NAND flash memory.
In terms of bandwidth, PCI Express blows the doors off of both SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 6Gb/s interfaces, and OCZ appears hellbent on filling as much as the PCI-E pipeline as it can. Enter OCZ's new RevoDrive 3 and RevoDrive 3 X2 solid state drives. Armed with an advanced data management feature-set based on OCZ's proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture (recently updated to version 2.0), these drives are trained not to break a sweat in multithreaded applications.
Solid state drives appear to be simple things. Slap some NAND flash memory on a circuit board, add a SATA interface, and cover the contraption with a case. There's a bit more to it than that, and for OCZ's enterprise PCI Express and SAS SSD solutions, the real magic happens in its proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA). Now in its second generation, OCZ says its revamped VCA supports even more enterprise features and is the next step in the evolution of virtualization layers for solid state storage.