They sure do grow up fast, don't they? We're not talking about kids, but solid state drives, and in particularly those in OCZ's family. The former memory maker who's now all in with flash based storage devices today announced the Agility 3 and Solid 3 SATA III SSD product lines. Both drives boast support for the SATA 6Gbps interface and are built around the SandForce SF-2200 controller, so what separates the two?
We love solid state drives because of the impact they have on overall system performance. Faster load times, snappier system response, and even some applications benefit from improved read and write times, as compared to mechanical hard drives. But where SSDs really spread their wings is in the enterprise environment. This, along with small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) is where OCZ is aiming its new VeloDrive PCI-Express SSD.
OCZ Technology ditched the DRAM business in order to focus on the more profitable solid state drive sector, and that's exactly what they've done. Adding to an already crowded lineup of SSDs, OCZ today unveiled a new addition to its Vertex 3 SATA III Series, the Vertex 3 Max IOPS edition. Compared to other Vertex 3 drives, this latest entry brings higher write speeds to the table.
If the automotive world progressed as fast as the computer industry, the old joke goes, we‘d all have $1,000 cars that get 400 miles to the gallon, never need maintenance, and crash catastrophic-ally every eight weeks for no reason. Ancient punch lines aside, comparing this year’s storage options to those of even half a decade ago would be like entering a Bugatti Type 35 in the Preakness Stakes.
Some amount of wheeling and dealing got OCZ access to special firmware for its last-gen SandForce drives, enabling faster random-write performance than the competition. Despite OCZ’s recent acquisition of Indilinx, it seems there’s still a spark to OCZ’s relationship with SandForce, as the company was able to get us an SF-2200 drive before anyone else. Since the Vertex 3 is the first SF-2200–powered SSD we’ve tested, we don’t know how it compares to the rest of the SF-2200 field, but we do know it kicks the pants off of most every other SSD we’ve reviewed.
Been putting off building that new system until the next generation of SATA III solid state drives start shipping? Well, you can stop dreaming and start building. OCZ this week announced that it's begun shipping its new Vertex 3 SATA III SSDs to its reseller network, so if you can't find one in stock now, you soon should be able to.
You'd have a hard time arguing that any company is more active in the solid state drive space than OCZ. In addition to a dizzying number of SATA-based SSD lines, OCZ also offers SSD options in USB 3.0, HDSL (High Speed Data Link), and PCI-Express, covering just about all the bases. It's easy to believe, then, that OCZ just shipped its one millionth SSD, and as far as we know, they're the only company to have done so.
OCZ shook up the solid state drive industry on Monday evening by announcing plans to acquire Indilinx Co., a privately held fabless provider of flash controllers and software for SSDs. What makes this business transaction so surprising is that OCZ is heavily invested with SandForce for its performance oriented consumer SSDs, and Indilinx, which builds the Barefoot controller, is a competitor to SandForce. Does this mean OCZ will be dumping SandForce?
We're all for seeing solid state drive (SSD) price levels drop down within reach of mainstream users, and we look forward to the day when we can justifiably build an HDD-less system without putting off the mortgage payment or making any capacity concessions. That day is still a long ways off, but OCZ's latest die shrink should inch us ever closer to SSD nirvana. OCZ, now fully focused on SSDs, says it's the first SSD maker to successfully transition to 2Xnm NAND flash-based storage solutions, which in turn will lower prices, the company says.
OCZ's decision to exit the DRAM market means it can spend more time and resources on the rest of its product portfolio, and if the new ZX power supply series is any indication, OCZ made the right move. On paper, the ZX series is the most ambitious PSU line OCZ has yet released, and that's saying something for a company that owns PC Power & Cooling.
Geared towards enthusiasts, the lowest wattage ZX unit is a beefy 850W. If that's not enough, there's also a 1,000W model and a 1,250W unit to choose from. Despite all that power, all three remarkably received the coveted 80+ Gold Certification and offer 92 percent efficiency on a typical load and 89 percent at full bore.
Other features include a 140mm ball-bearing fan, a single +12V rail, and a fully-modular design which is a first for OCZ. No world on price or availability.