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Hot on the heels of OCZ’s Z-Drive 4500 PCIe SSD series launch comes another spate of PCIe drives from the Toshiba-owned company. OCZ’s new RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSDs are built for workstations and high-performance gaming, boasting triple the performance of SATA SSDs. OCZ says that the RevoDrive 350s offer up to 1.8GBps sequential speeds with up to 140,000 4K random write IOPS on a PCIe Gen 2 x8 interface. The drives features up to four LSI SF-2282 processors and features Toshiba flash. “The new RevoDrive 350 is built using proven technology with the added benefit of utilizing in-house premium Toshiba flash and OCZ’s proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) 2.0... Read more...
Having Toshiba swoop in and acquire all of OCZ Technology's storage assets might have been the best thing that could have happened to the company. Without skipping a beat, OCZ Storage Solutions -- a newly formed entity owned by Toshiba and run by many of the same employees as before -- has been announcing new storage products, including today's introduction of the enterprise-class Z-Drive 4500 PCI Express SSD Series. The new Z-Drive 4500 Series picks up where the previous generation Z-Drive R4 Series left off. It uses faster 19-nanometer multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory chips, is integrated with OCZ's new Windows Accelerator (WXL) flash management and caching solution software for Windows... Read more...
To say OCZ has had a tumultuous year would be putting it mildly, to say the least. The company took a brutal beating and was knocked down, but not out. Now, thanks to an acquisition by Toshiba, the newly formed and revitalized OCZ Storage Solutions, is poised and ready to make another run at enthusiasts and the enterprise. In an effort to clear up some of the rumors and hear what Toshiba’s OCZ Storage Solutions has in store, we reached out to OCZ’s CMO, Alex Mei. Here’s what he had to say: OCZ Storage Solutions Interview with Alex Mei, CMO... Read more...
To say OCZ has had a tumultuous year in 2013 would be putting it mildly. The company took a brutal beating financially and was knocked down, but not out. Now, thanks to an acquisition by Toshiba, the newly formed and revitalized OCZ Storage Solutions, is poised and ready to make another run at enthusiasts and the enterprise. In an effort to clear up some of the rumors and hear what Toshiba’s OCZ Storage Solutions Group has in store this year, we reached out to OCZ’s CMO, Alex Mei. Here’s what he had to say: HH: How will Toshiba’s acquisition of OCZ affect future product development? Alex: Now that we are a Toshiba Group Company, one of the most exciting things... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz, and Marco discuss AMD's recently announced Radeon R7 265 graphics card, Lenovo's new 2014 ThinkPad X1 Carbon, why Woz thinks Apple should consider building an Android phone, Sony's VIAO Tap 21 All-in-One mobile PC, a sneak peek at Gigabyte’s BRIX Pro SFF system with Intel Iris Pro graphics, and we hint at our next contest giveaway and more! Show Notes: 01:45 - Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2014 Edition) 08:45 - AMD Radeon R7 265 Review 14:00 - Woz Says Apple Could Make an Android Device 18:32 - Toshiba Completes OCZ Acquisition 21:25 - Sony VIAO Tap 21 Mobile AIO... Read more...
As you might already know, OCZ Technology fell on tough times, filed for bankruptcy, and sold off virtually all of its assets to Toshiba. Following the acquisition, Toshiba launched OCZ Storage Solutions as a wholly owned subsidiary, a move that allows the hard workers at OCZ to continue pumping out solid state drives (SSDs) and other storage products without the worry of securing NAND flash memory chips in what's become a volatile market. What does all this mean in terms of warranty service? That was the big question leading up to a revised warranty page on OCZ's website. Short and to the point, some existing products are covered and some are not. Good news for some, bad news for others. "Please... Read more...
We had originally planned to start this review off with a brief discussion of OCZ’s potential fate and what the company’s recent bankruptcy and looming acquisition by Toshiba could mean for its future. But in the 11th hour yesterday, news came through that the acquisition was complete and OCZ would go on producing solid state storage products and that it was now a “wholly owned subsidiary and Toshiba Group Company”. We've even got a fresh new logo to show you. Fittingly, the first product released after the announcement, and the drive we’ll be showing you here, features all home-grown OCZ tech and bleeding edge 19nm Toshiba-built MLC NAND flash memory. The just... Read more...
We had originally planned to start this review and evaluation off with a brief discussion of OCZ’s potential fate and what the company’s recent bankruptcy and looming acquisition by Toshiba could mean for its future. But in the 11th hour yesterday, news came through that the acquisition was complete and OCZ would go on producing solid state storage products but now as a “wholly owned subsidiary and Toshiba Group Company”. We've even got a fresh new logo to show you in the table below. Fittingly, the first product released after the announcement, and the drive we’ll be showing you here, features all home-grown OCZ controller technology and bleeding... Read more...
Right on schedule, OCZ Technology is receiving an injection straight to the heart via Toshiba. After falling into bankruptcy last year and nearly instantly being rescued by Toshiba, the latter has announced today that it has "finalized the purchase of substantially all assets of OCZ Technology Group, making it a wholly owned subsidiary and Toshiba Group Company." Effective immediately, the Group company will operate independently as OCZ Storage Solutions, which means that we'll yet again see OCZ storage products making the rounds and breaking benchmark records. Here's perhaps the greatest news of all, straight from Toshiba: "The acquisition provides Toshiba with OCZ’s enterprise and client... Read more...
Down but not out, it's business as usual for OCZ Technology, which today introduced its next-generation Intrepid 3000 Series of enterprise-class SATA III solid state drives. OCZ claims its new drives offer the best sustained performance and consistent I/O responses of any SSDs aimed at enterprise applications. The Intrepid 3000 line comes in storage capacities up to 800GB and leverage OCZ's Everest 2 platform, which consists of a combination of the Marvell 88SS9187 controller with OCZ's proprietary firmware, or secret sauce, if you will. The Intrepid 3000 Series is optimized to deliver consistent I/O responses while performing at fast speeds. OCZ rates the drives as being able to achieve up to... Read more...
We suspected that a deal was imminent, and now the details are being made public. OCZ, a company that engrossed gamers and power users for years with wicked-fast storage options, recently went bankrupt. Now, however, new life is being breathed into what's left by way of Toshiba. OCZ announced today that an agreement has been inked with Toshiba " to acquire substantially all of OCZ's assets in a chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding for $35M." What this essentially means is that Toshiba is acquiring the solid state drive business from OCZ for a huge discount, which actually may work out well for both parties. OCZ has a large customer base who praises its products, and Toshiba is getting all of that... Read more...
Editor's Update - 11/27 - 7:45PM We just had a call with some key team members at OCZ. Our contacts inform us that OCZ plans to continue operations in a "business as usual" mode. In fact representatives from OCZ noted specifically that the company will continue to manufacture product for existing customers, support warranties for existing customers, support customer service requirements and otherwise continue to function normally.  The team at OCZ was actually fairly positive with respect to today's news and while the word "bankruptcy" typically conjures up a notion of the end times, it actually was portrayed more as a new beginning for OCZ.  It was specifically noted that Toshiba values... Read more...
OCZ is at the ready with a brand new line of solid state drives in its popular Vector family of products, targeted at performance-conscious PC enthusiasts. The new Vector 150 builds upon the success of the original Vector, which debuted last year at about this time, but offers better sustained performance and longer endurance, despite its use of 19nm NAND flash memory. We’ve got a couple of Vector 150 drives in-house, in 120GB and 240GB capacities, and have the full scoop laid out for you on the pages ahead. First up, take a look at the specification and projected performance of the new Vector 150 family of products and then we’ll dig in and get to some of the juicier details... OCZ... Read more...
OCZ is at the ready with a brand new line of solid state drives in its popular Vector family of products, targeted at performance-conscious PC enthusiasts. The new Vector 150 builds upon the success of the original Vector, which debuted last year at about this time, but offers better sustained performance and longer endurance, despite its use of 19nm NAND flash memory. We’ve got a couple of Vector 150 drives in-house, in 120GB and 240GB capacities, and have the full scoop laid out for you on the pages ahead... OCZ Vector 150 Series Solid State Drives Tested... Read more...
OCZ is at the ready with a brand new line of solid state drives in its popular Vector family of products, targeted at performance-conscious PC enthusiasts. The new Vector 150 builds upon the success of the original Vector, which debuted last year at about this time, but offers better sustained performance and longer endurance, despite its use of 19nm NAND flash memory. We’ve got a couple of Vector 150 drives in-house, in 120GB and 240GB capacities, and have the full scoop laid out for you on the pages ahead. First up, take a look at the specification and projected performance of the new Vector 150 family of products and then we’ll dig in and get to some of the juicier details... OCZ... Read more...
OCZ’s now three-year-old line of Deneva enterprise-class SSDs is getting a refresh with new models in the Deneva 2 series. The company announced three new versions in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities. The new 2.5-inch SSDs feature a SATA 6Gbps interface and 19nm NAND MLC flash and utilize the LSI SandForce SF-2281 processor. OCZ says that the Deneva 2 SSDs can hit up to 550MBps read and 520MBps write bandwidth and 45,000/34,000 read/write IOPS. OCZ also redesigned the drives’ power architecture to optimize back plane functionality and better current and power fluctuation management as well as overall more efficient power consumption. Other features include data fail recovery, intelligent... Read more...
In Boston Bruins-like fashion, we have our third, yes third full performance review for the day. And that's what you call a "geek hat trick."  OCZ already offers a wide array of popular, high performance SSDs, but to the company’s credit, it’s not resting on its laurels. After employing SandForce controllers on some of the earlier Vertex SSDs, OCZ snapped up Indilinx and is using what is now its own proprietary silicon in many of its drives. Thus, the brand new OCZ Vertex 450 SSD we'll be showing you here today with an Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 series controller inside is very much a “vertical” effort, with the Indilinx and OCZ-owned PLX teams building both the silicon... Read more...
OCZ already offers a wide array of popular, high performance SSDs, but to the company’s credit, it’s not resting on its laurels. After employing SandForce controllers on some of the earlier Vertex SSDs, OCZ snapped up Indilinx and is using what is now its own proprietary silicon in many of its drives. Thus, the brand new OCZ Vertex 450 SSD we'll be showing you here today with an Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 series controller inside is very much a “vertical” effort, with the Indilinx and OCZ-owned PLX teams building both the silicon and firmware. OCZ will be selling Vertex 450s in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. The 128GB version will offer 525/290 MBps sequential... Read more...
OCZ has released more details of the VXL 1.3 cache and virtualization software it teased before this week’s CeBIT 2013 in Hannover, Germany, and the upgraded offering includes virtualized “SAN-less”, highly available, fault tolerant environments courtesy of the software’s new synchronous data mirroring capabilities. The idea is to prevent data loss and virtual machine downtime at all times. The software maintains two identical, live copies of virtual machine data by mirroring the information across OCZ Z-Drive R4 PCIe cards (have a peek at our review of the card for more info), which accomplishes the task of keeping two copies of the data and also leverages the PCIe cards’... Read more...
If you’re in Hannover, Germany next week for the CeBit conference, pop on over to OCZ’s booth and sign up to be a beta tester for the company’s new ZD-XL SQL Accelerator, a combination hardware and software tool that allows database administrators to optimally manage data cached to SSD storage. OCZ is actively looking for beta testers who are willing to operate under NDA, so get in line to sample the good stuff. The ZD-XL SQL Accelerator isn’t the only enterprise product OCZ brought along to show off, though. There’s also VXL 1.3 Virtualization Software and LXL Acceleration Software, which include OCZ Direct Pass Caching Technology for running multiple concurrent... Read more...
If you're a performance junkie, investing in a solid state drive (SSD) is a no-brainer at this point, especially with the way prices have fallen this past year. Narrowing down which SSD to purchase, well, that's another story. To help make the decision a little easier, OCZ for a limited time is offering a free Far Cry 3 download with new and existing purchases of the Vector 256GB and 512GB SSD (limit two per person). That's right, this promotion extends to current owners as well, so no need to kick yourself if you already purchased a qualifying Vector SSD. Whether you're a new or existing customer, to cash in on the freebie download, just fill out the form on OCZ's website (have the SSD's serial... Read more...
OCZ used the Consumer Electronics Show to unveil their latest high-end solid state drive, the Vector PCI Express. As its name suggests, the Vector PCI Express leverages the same in-house developed Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller technology used in OCZ’s excellent Vector SATA III SSD (reviewed here), but the new drive attaches to a system via PCI Express. We posted news of OCZ’s initial announcement here, but have since been able to check it out in person and witness a few benchmark runs.   A quick visual inspection of the OCZ Vector PCI Express reveals a pair of Barefoot 3 controllers on board, along with a boatload Intel NAND and Micron SDRAM cache. There is also a removable... Read more...
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