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OCZ is planning to showcase several storage products this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and among them is a pre-production version of its new flagship Vector SSD Series for PCI Express (PCIe) interfaces. Armed with an Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller and the above mentioned PCIe interface, the latest Vector SSDs will offer improved input/output operations per second (IOPS) burst performance and superior real-world sustained performance compared to the SATA-based version. It doesn't matter if the data is compressed or uncompressed, OCZ claims the PCIe-based Vector SSD Series won't break a sweat either way. "Residing directly on the PCIe bus, this new addition to the Vector... Read more...
OCZ has seen quite a bit of action inside of its walls this past year, and clearly, not all of it has been ideal. In fact, it wouldn't be a stretch to equate the goings-on inside the company to like being on a roller-coaster - the company has definitely had its share of ups and downs. In September, problems within the company began to become obvious to the regular watcher as Ryan Peterson, someone who had been with the company since its inception, stepped down. A month later, Board Member Ralph Schmitt stepped in. At the time of Ryan's departure, OCZ's legal hassles began to mount, and when taking a look at any stock news feed, the reality is - OCZ has a battle ahead of it. In every case, shareholders... Read more...
OCZ has been carpet-bombing the solid state storage market for years now. It seemed that every time a new controller technology emerged, OCZ was at the ready with a fresh batch of products and over time built a portfolio that targeted virtually every market segment. Consumer-class solid state storage is in an interesting phase right now, though. There was a time when there were only a couple of controllers on the market that allowed OEMs to produce drives capable of effectively saturating the SATA interface, while also offering strong all-around performance. That’s part of the reason everyone and their mother started producing SandForce-based drives. But now there are multiple solutions... Read more...
OCZ has been carpet-bombing the solid state storage market for years now. It seemed that every time a new controller technology emerged, OCZ was at the ready with a fresh batch of products and over time built a portfolio that targeted virtually every market segment. Consumer-class solid state storage is in an interesting phase right now, though. There was a time when there were only a couple of controllers on the market that allowed OEMs to produce drives capable of effectively saturating the SATA interface, while also offering strong all-around performance. That’s part of the reason everyone and their mother started producing SandForce-based drives. But now there are multiple... Read more...
OCZ Technology Group today announced a new solid state drive line capable of up to 100,000 IOPS of random read performance. Powering the company's new Vector SSD Series is a next-generation Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller with firmware that was developed completely in-house, OCZ says. "The development of the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller architecture is a crowning achievement in our company’s history, being our first controller silicon and firmware completely designed in-house from start to finish using all of the OCZ technology development teams," said Ralph Schmitt, CEO for OCZ Technology. "These are the first SSD products delivered under the new OCZ and leverages cutting-edge controller... Read more...
OCZ's Board of Directors has appointed Alex Mei to serve as the Interim CEO of the company now that Ryan Petersen has resigned as President, CEO and a director of the Company. Mei will take over immediately and will also maintain his current responsibilities as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Petersen was one of the organization's original founders and was a key player in guiding OCZ to where it is today. Petersen is also credited as being the inventor or co-inventor of much of OCZ's proprietary technology. Mei joined OCZ in 2004 and is one of OCZ's longest tenured employees. A reason for Petersen's departure has not been announced though there has been some speculation... Read more...
Various unveilings in San Francisco today weren't completely overshadowed by our friends at Apple and their shiny new bauble.  OCZ Technology gave us a quick, backroom glimpse of their next generation SSD technology that is slated to launch sometime hopefully in early Q4. This latest OCZ solid state drive will be powered by the company's new Barefoot 3 controller, a ground-up design built by OCZ's Indilinx design team.  OCZ is claiming performance numbers in the area of 100,000 IOPS and sustained read/write bandwidth exceeding that of current high-end SandForce 2500 series drives.  It looks a lot like any other SSD but the details on the silk screened white etch of the chips tell... Read more...
Back in April, we ran a pair of OCZ Vertex 4 SSDs (256GB and 512GB) through the benchmark grinder to see what they could do... Today, we’re testing another brother in the family, the 128GB OCZ Vertex 4.  When we first tested the aforementioned drives, we found that the latest generation of the Vertex series delivered somewhat uneven performance. In some workloads, the drives more or less smoked the competition, while they stumbled a bit in others.  The bottom line was that the OCZ Vertex 4 SSDs were mostly impressive, but they didn’t demonstrate quite the upgrade from the previous-generation Vertex 3s that we would have liked. Between then and now, however, OCZ has tended... Read more...
Back in April, we ran a pair of OCZ Vertex 4 SSDs (256GB and 512GB) through the benchmark grinder to see what they could do and also told you everything you ever wanted to know about them in the process. Today, we’re testing another brother in the family, the 128GB OCZ Vertex 4.  When we first tested the aforementioned drives, we found that the latest generation of the Vertex series delivered somewhat uneven performance. In some workloads, the drives more or less smoked the competition, while they stumbled a bit in others.  The bottom line was that the OCZ Vertex 4 SSDs were mostly impressive, but they didn’t demonstrate quite the upgrade from the previous-generation Vertex... Read more...
If you're rocking a no-compromise desktop system, you need a burly power supply to match, and OCZ believes it has just the PSU you're looking for. Introduced today is a new flagship model in the company's PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III series, a 1200W PSU offering more wattage than most users will ever need, and it's 80 Plus Platinum certified to boot. "PC Power & Cooling has a long history of delivering premium power supplies for power users seeking the ultimate in both performance and reliability," said Steve Lee, Sr. Vice President of Channel marketing and BU GM for Power Management. "The new Silencer Mk III 1200W continues that tradition by offering enthusiasts the highest wattage... Read more...
Street cred isn't easy to come by on your own, but sometimes it can be bought. Just ask Seagate, which is rumored to be interested in buying out OCZ, an established player in the enthusiast solid state drive (SSD) market. As the story goes, Seagate is trying to make up for lost time from being late to the SSD party, and getting cozy with OCZ would give the storage player a major solid state presence in consumer, enthusiast, and enterprise circles. This could be a good move for OCZ, too. Obviously there's the financial aspect, but assuming OCZ is left to continue doing what it's been doing, having access to Seagate's resources would allow the company to step up its game, both in terms of R&D... Read more...
OCZ Technology is continuing to blitz the solid state drive market with new models, the latest being the Agility 4 Series, which the company claims strikes an "ideal balance" of SATA 6Gbps speed, IOPS performance, and enterprise-grade endurance and reliability," all while maintaining cost-friendly price points. The Agility 4 Series is powered by OCZ's Everest 2 controller and is available in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities. These aren't the fastest SSDs on the market, hence why OCZ says they offer a "cost-effective alternative to other SATA III SSD solutions," including some of its own. Performance varies by model, culminating in up to 400MB/s read and write speeds on the 265GB and 512GB... Read more...
Solid State Drives are a fabulous way to boost a system's performance, but for all their strong points, they aren't an easy upgrade for a lot of people. Performance can vary significantly between manufacturers, only the most expensive drives can replace the need for an HDD in an enthusiast / data-heavy system, and reinstalling a full suite of software from scratch is a major headache. Corsair's Accelerator Series family of SSDs is designed to reduce the barriers to the SSD option by offering a solution that's accessible without the need to wipe your existing HDD or create a storage plan that ensures you make the best possible use of a small SSD, while leaving the bulk of your data on a rotating... Read more...
OCZ today is throwing Vertex 4 solid state drive (SSD) owners a bone with release candidate firmware v1.4RC, which "dramatically improves" performance, the company said. And by that, OCZ means it nearly doubles the sequential write performance for lower capacity models and boosts sequential read performance at low queue depths. General performance is improved too, OCZ says. Here's a look at how it breaks down when applying the new firmware: 128GB Max Read: 535MB/s --> 550MB/s 128GB Max Write: 200MB/s --> 420MB/s 256GB Max Read: 535MB/s --> 550MB/s 256GB Max Write: 380MB/s --> 465MB/s 512GB Max Read: 535MB/s --> 550MB/s 512GB Max Write: 475MB/s --> 475MB/s   "OCZ strives... Read more...
Owning a high performance solid state drive with lots of storage space would be like having your cake and eating it too, which, by the way, is really the only the way to enjoy a cake. Regardless, it doesn't have to be a pipe dream, provided you're willing to drop a small fortune on a big size SSD with performance numbers to match. If you are, you'll be happy to know that OCZ's monster sized 1TB Octane SSD is getting to ready to ship in the next couple of weeks. A Japanese language press release tipped the details of the 1TB model's retail availability, which a Google translation pegs to be mid-May. The price is said to be 260,000 yen, which works out to about $3,255 in U.S. currency, though it... Read more...
A few years back we attended an Intel IDF event in San Francisco and among other disclosures, behind closed doors, the company was showing off a PCI Express-based SSD with current generation Intel NAND Flash and based on an array of SandForce controllers.  As it turns out, that product never saw the light of day and was more of a demonstration and proof of concept vehicle for Intel than anything else.  We've heard rumblings of Intel PCI Express SSD devices since then but nothing materialized much until very recently when Intel stepped out with a full-fledged product announcement of their SSD 910 family of Solid State Drives.  To be honest, it was out of the blue, though we like... Read more...
A couple of years back we attended an IDF event in San Francisco, and among other disclosures, behind closed doors the company was showing off a PCI Express-based SSD with current generation Intel NAND Flash and based on an array of SandForce controllers.  As it turns out, that product never saw the light of day and was more of a demonstration and proof of concept vehicle for Intel than anything else.  We've heard rumblings of Intel PCI Express SSD devices since then but nothing materialized until very recently when Intel stepped out with a full-fledged product announcement of their SSD 910 family of Solid State Drives. Of course, with the significant traction PCI Express SSDs... Read more...
Intel has historically stuck with SATA-based solid state storage solutions, but today the company is taking a difference approach with its first PCI-Express solid state storage device. Like the SSD 710 family of products, the newly announced Intel SSD 910 is based on 25nm MLC NAND Flash. The two product families share a number of other low level features as well, but should offer very different performance levels. With the 710 Series, Intel focused on reliability and enterprise-level endurance and less on speed; the 910 PCI-Express SSD promises to deliver on both fronts... Intel Announces PCI Express SSD 910 Product Family... Read more...
Intel has historically stuck with SATA-based solid state storage solutions, but today the company is taking a different approach with its first PCI-Express solid state storage device. Like the SSD 710 family of products, the newly announced Intel SSD 910 is based on 25nm MLC NAND Flash. The two product families share a number of other low level features as well, but should offer very different performance levels. With the 710 Series, Intel focused on reliability and enterprise-level endurance and less on speed; the 910 PCI-Express SSD promises to deliver on both fronts. The Intel SSD 910 is a triple-layer stack of NAND chips that fits into a single PCI-Express slot. The drive will be... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks webcast, Marco, Iyaz and Dave discuss Corsair's Carbide 300R and Obsidian 550D cases, our Definitive Diablo III Preview, the dysfunctional state of the game console industry, OCZ's Vertex 4 Indilinx Everest 2-Infused solid state drives and we hint at our next contest where you could win Asus Transformer Prime NVIDIA Tegra 3 powered tablets... Show Notes: 01:18 - Corsair Carbide 300R and Obsidian 550D Review 08:52 - Seeking Sanctuary: The Definitive Diablo III Preview 12:17 - ConsoleWatch: Developers Unhappy With Wii U Restrictions, Xbox Durango, and PlayStation 4 25:03 - OCZ Vertex 4 Indilinx Everest 2-Infused... Read more...
OCZ Technology’s Vertex series of solid state drives have been consistently popular with enthusiasts since their initial arrival in 2009. OCZ has made significant changes with each successive generation of Vertex solid state drives, but generally speaking, each one has offered strong performance and was considered among the best overall values in the consumer SSD space. The original Vertex SSD was built around the Indilinx Barefoot controller, which was competitive when first released, but didn’t quite perform as well as some of the higher-end drives available at the time. The Vertex 2 and 3, however, featured SandForce controllers and both drives proved to be among the best performing... Read more...
OCZ Technology’s Vertex series of solid state drives have been consistently popular with enthusiasts since their initial arrival in 2009. OCZ has made significant changes with each successive generation of Vertex solid state drives, but generally speaking, each one has offered strong performance and was considered among the best overall values in the consumer SSD space. OCZ has also been good about providing regular firmware updates and proprietary tools to make it easy to flash a drive, perform a secure erase, or just monitor health data. The original Vertex SSD was built around the Indilinx Barefoot controller, which was competitive when first released, but didn’t quite perform... Read more...
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