OCZ Ships Pricey Colossus Desktop SSDs In 128GB To 1TB Sizes

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News Posted: Tue, Nov 17 2009 5:58 PM
OCZ's Colossus has been looming in our "must-have" list for months. We actually saw one in the flesh this past summer, and we heard in August that it would "soon" be shipping in sizes ranging from 128GB to 1TB. With Fusion-io firmly in the consumer business now, it's safe to say that OCZ is probably feeling the pressure with competition nearby. Now, the company is reporting that its high performance desktop replacement drive is now shipping, though Amazon still has it listed with a 1+ month wait. We're guessing the retailer just hasn't received the memo (or their first batch), but it looks like resellers should have stock soon to sell to those with enough cash.

The Colossus SSD is available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB solutions to accommodate a broader spectrum of applications than current 2.5” SSD products; the 3.5” housing is a straight drop in for many existing rack systems. Pricing details aren't mentioned, but from what we've seen on Amazon, they won't be for the "average Joe." Not like you'd expect anything differently from a product with "SSD" in the model name though, huh?


OCZ Technology Launches Cutting-Edge High-Capacity Colossus 3.5” SSD Line with up to One Terabyte of Storage

SanJose, Calif.—November 17, 2009—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwideleader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliabilitymemory and flash-based storage as an alternative to hard disk drives(HDDs), today released the Colossus 3.5” Solid State Drive (SSD)Series, designed to meet the performance and storage demands ofhigh-end desktop users and enterprise clients. Available in up to oneterabyte configurations, the Colossus Series marks a milestone in solidstate drive technology, making it possible to have both highperformance and high capacity in one solution.

“The new Colossus Series is designed to boost desktop and workstationperformance and is for high power users that put a premium on speed,reliability and maximum storage capacity,” said Eugene Chang, VP ofProduct Management at the OCZ Technology Group. “The Colossuscore-architecture is also available to enterprise clients with lockedBOMs (build of materials) and customized firmware to match their uniqueapplications.”

In addition to ample capacity, the OCZ Colossus deliversexcellent performance made possible by an internal RAID 0 architecture.Excelling at small file processes during common tasks such as emailing,web browsing, and file transfer, Colossus allows for a state-of-the-artcomputing experience from basic to complex applications:



For enterprise applications, Colossus SSDs not onlydiminish performance bottlenecks suffered by mechanical hard driveinfrastructures, but reduce both heat and noise and provide a moredurable alternative. This translates into exceptional energy-savingsand reduced maintenance costs. Furthermore, the Colossus line is builtwith cost-effective multi-level cell (MLC) flash to make it a viableoption for enterprise clients hesitant to adopt competing products dueto the higher costs.

The Colossus SSD is available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB solutionsto accommodate a broader spectrum of applications than current 2.5” SSDproducts; the 3.5” housing is a straight drop in for many existing racksystems. The Colossus SSD series has an excellent 1.5 million hour meantime between failures (MTBF) and comes backed by a leading 3-yearwarranty and dedicated technical support, ensuring peace of mind overthe long term. Additionally, OCZ offers unique customization optionsfor OEM clients that may require tailored hardware and firmwaresolutions for their unique business.

For more information on the OCZ Colossus SSD Series, please visit our product page here.

About OCZ Technology
OCZ Technology Group, a member of JEDEC, designs, develops, andmanufactures ground-breaking, high performance memory and premiumcomputer components, including solid state drives and computer powersupplies. OCZ products are the first choice for enterprise andconsumers needing high-reliability, premium-grade solutions. OCZ’scontinually invests in R&D to continuously push the limits ofperformance, speed, and value for consumers, system integrators, andOEM clients. For more information visit our website at www.ocztechnology.com

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acarzt replied on Tue, Nov 17 2009 6:14 PM

lol!!! It's like i'm friggin psychic! I was just saying yesterday, someone should make a 3.5" drive! Someone is watching me!

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shawn.o replied on Tue, Nov 17 2009 7:03 PM

Got some Rockwell to jam with?

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Haha, I would start copyrighting your ideas.

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I'm guessing the 1TB version will cost as much as my car.

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acarzt replied on Wed, Nov 18 2009 3:48 AM

"will ship in sizes of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB for prices of $300, $650, $1200 and $2200, respectively"

Taken from the original posting of these drives coming down the pipeline.

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this is perfect , i was hoping to see a 500gb - 1TB SSD soon enough , had my share already with bad sector harddisks external HDD's lost , time to go SSD , by the way the only drawback of SSD's was until now the low life cycle , anyway OCZ has as used to it's 1500000 hours MTBF (mean time before failure) so i guess 170 years is more than im gonna live! ill probably wait half a year until the 1gb colossus price goes down, in the meantime OCZ 256gb Vertex is running my OS like the roadrunner in fast forward !

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realneil replied on Wed, Nov 18 2009 11:03 AM

Four of them in a RAID configuration please,.... and I want it yesterday!

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