OCZ Technology Intros Vertex Plus And Colossus Plus SSDs

OCZ Technology Intros Vertex Plus And Colossus Plus SSDs

OCZ Technology and solid state drives just go together. Like peas in a pod, as they say. The company has been producing solid state drives for consumers as long as they've been popular (even amongst just the hardcore users), and now they're announcing a refresh to the Vertex and Colossus lines. Those two have been around for quite some time, and with this revision, they'll probably be around for even longer.

The two new drives are called the Vertex Plus and the Colosses Plus, and both of these are SATA II solutions that rely on Indilinx technology and promise to provide even greater transfer rates. Both feature higher sequential speeds along with improved 4KB random write IOPS, and the former is available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities. OCZ is marketing the 2.5" Vertex Plus series as an upgrade drive for those who need a new boot drive or RAID array, and the Colossus Plus features an internal RAID-0 design with new Indilinx technology that offers superior sequential speeds and over 20,000 4KB random write IOPS. This one will be offered with up to a 1TB of capacity in a 3.5" form factor that easily integrates into desktop systems.

OCZ is waiting to give out a price and release date, but they seem to be suggesting that the price-per-gigabyte will be very competitive.

OCZ Technology to Deliver Optimized Vertex Plus and Colossus Plus Solid-State Drive Solutions
Technology Update Further Improves the Award-Winning Vertex and Colossus Series
 
SAN JOSE, CA—November 16, 2010—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ),a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, announces an exciting refresh of the renowned first generation Vertex and Colossus SSD Series. Called the Vertex Plus and Colossus Plus, the new SATA II solutions continue to implement the proven Indilinx technology while delivering significantly improved performance at their distinctively affordable price points.

OCZ continues to work diligently with the latest technology providers in flash storage with the goal of maintaining affordability for consumers that demand a faster, more responsive PC experience. Pricing and availability of the Vertex Plus and Colossus Plus series will be announced in the coming weeks.

"The original Vertex and Colossus series of Solid State Drives set the benchmark for performance and reliability, and quickly became top-selling solutions for customers seeking all the benefits of SSD technology over traditional rotational media both in mobile and desktop computing," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. "The new Vertex Plus and Colossus Plus further improve on already popular products by delivering higher performance with the latest NAND technology, and make SSDs even more accessible to customers with a lower cost per gigabyte."

In combination with the latest flash memory, the Vertex Plus and Colossus Plus are based on optimized firmware that boosts performance to new, competitive levels. Additionally, thanks to cost effective NAND and controller technology, the Vertex Plus and Colossus Plus offer lower cost per gigabyte configurations than competing drives on the market, making them excellent starting points into the world of SSDs.

Compared to its predecessor, Vertex Plus features higher sequential speeds along with improved 4KB random write IOPS, while offering excellent uncompressed data performance. Available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities, the 2.5-inch Vertex Plus Series is an ideal upgrade option for system boot drives, RAID arrays, or as primary laptop storage at an ultra-attractive price point.

Likewise, the Colossus Plus features an internal RAID-0 design with new Indilinx technology that offers superior sequential speeds and over 20,000 4KB random write IOPS, offering incredible performance and instantaneous access compared to traditional hard drive storage. The Colossus will be offered with up to a 1TB (1024GB) of capacity in a 3.5-inch form factor that easily integrates into desktop systems.
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These drives use the Indilinx Martini controller, with the only noticable change in performance being faster random writes. Their still pretty much not worth the money unless you can get a very good deal on them compared to a Crucial or Sandforce based drive.

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