Items tagged with OCZ

A few months back, OCZ took the wraps of their RevoDrive 3 product line. The RevoDrive 3 was the first product to make use of what OCZ calls their SuperScale Storage Accelerator processor with VCA 2.0, or Virtualized Controller Architecture. In short, coupled with a quartet of SandForce SF-2200 series SSD controllers, OCZ's VCA technology really turns up the juice on their new PCI Express-based SSD solutions; so much so that this "prosumer" or performance workstation class product actually leaves far more expensive enterprise class PCIe SSDs in the dust. Today, OCZ is letting fly with the second coming of a VCA 2.0 product, this time squarely targeting the enterprise, datacenter and... Read more...
Land sakes alive, OCZ is busy. It seems as though every couple of days it has a new product out that’s worth a look. Today, it’s the OCZ Synapse Cache series of 2.5-inch SSDs, which are designed specifically for caching applications in an SSD/HDD hybrid storage setup in order to boost performance. The drives’ main feature is the on board Dataplex software, which is able to dynamically manage data in such a way that it gives the SSD the most frequently-used “hot” data while assigning the lower-priority “cold” data to the HDD. The software adapts to user behavior, so the performance gains will theoretically improve over time and with greater use. The first... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco discuss the many announcements and happenings at the Intel Developers Forum 2011, Microsoft's Windows 8 Developer Preview, AMD's Guinness Book World Record-breaking 8GHz overclock of their upcoming FX processor, the OCZ Z-Drive R4 and details of our Labor Day Gaming System Giveaway where you could win a sweet gaming rig! Show Notes: 00:58 - IDF 2011 Otellini Keynote: Haswell, Solar, X86 Android 01:25 - IDF 2011 Eden Keynote: Ultrabooks and Ivy Bridge 02:18 - Intel X79-Based Motherboard and Liquid-Cooler Sneak Peek 03:20 - IDF 2011 Tech Showcase Sneak Peek: Asus, MSI, Kingston, Gigabyte 05:30 - Microsoft... Read more...
Leave it to OCZ Technology to come out with an SSD that's probably too slim to even fit into your existing notebook cage without some padding. Indilinx and OCZ just announced that a new Everest Series SATA 3.0 drive is shipping in LG's line of ultra-thin notebooks. The kicker? The drive is only 7.5mm in height, a good bit thinner than most standard-height 9mm drives. The good news is that thinner SSDs mean that companies have more room to play around with, and could set their sights on making even thinner notebooks. LG is now offering its ultra-thin series of notebooks with customized Indilinx Everest-based ultra-slim SSDs with “fast boot” technology, and the new size enables this... Read more...
The enticing SSD/HDD hybrid from OCZ that we mentioned earlier this summer, the RevoDrive Hybrid PCI Express, is ready to launch. One can be yours for $499.99 (MSRP). The RevoDrive Hybrid is built to offer SSD performance and HDD storage capacity; specifically, 100GB SSD and 1TB HDD, in a PCIe form factor. The magic is in the Dataplex software, which is tasked with dynamically balancing which data should be run from the SSD and which from the HDD. The software will eve learn user behavior to effectively improve its own performance over time. The drive boasts up to 910MBps bandwidth and 120,000 IOPS (4k random write) as well as OCZ’s proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA)... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about the Toshiba Thrive Android tablet, Samsung's gorgeous Galaxy S II smartphone, a new 1TB notebook drive from WD, OCZ's upcoming Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD, AMD's Llano-based A6 desktop processor with integrated Radeon graphics, and spotlight a couple of new features on the HotHardware website... Show Notes: 01:45 - The Swiss Army Knife of Tablets: Toshiba's Thrive 06:40 - Samsung Galaxy S II Smartphone Review 10:15 - A Terabyte For Notebooks: WD Scorpio Blue 1TB Drive 15:45 - AMD A6-3650 Llano APU Performance Review... Read more...
We just got off a conference call hosted by OCZ Technology’s CEO Ryan Petersen on which he discussed the rapidly evolving market for PCIe-based solid state storage solutions and unveiled the company's next generation enterprise-class PCIe storage product, the Z-Drive R4. The Z-Drive R4 will feature OCZ’s second generation Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) 2.0, multiple SandForce SF-2000 series storage controllers, and either MLC or SLC NAND flash memory. OCZ’s VCA 2.0 is touted as a virtualization layer that interfaces with the company’s SuperScale Storage Controller, which combines storage processing and full DMA (direct memory access) cores with PCI Express,... Read more...
OCZ Technology unveiled the Indilinx Everest SATA 3.0 SSD platform. The new Indilinx Everest platform combines a 6Gbps SATA Revision 3.0 host interface, a dual-core ARM CPU, and support for MLC NAND components and next generation three bit per cell NAND Flash. The Everest platform supports maximum capacities up to 1TB. The Indilinx Everest SSD platform is now available to OEMs for validation. OCZ Technology Unveils Indilinx Everest Series Solid State Drive Controller Next Generation SATA 6Gbps SSD Platform Allows up to 1TB of Storage per Controller and is the First ASIC-Based Controller to Enable State-of-the-Art Triple-Level Cell NAND Flash SAN JOSE, CA - July 20, 2011 - OCZ Technology Group,... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about AMD's Llano A8-3850 APU for the desktop, Dell's Alienware M14x Gaming Laptop, Acer's Iconia Tab A500, and our recent SATA III SSD Round-Up with drives from OCZ, Corsair, Patriot, and Crucial, we have a little fun showing off an old Intel add, and we dropped a few hints about an upcoming system giveaway... Show Notes: 01:13 - AMD A8-3850 Llano APU and Lynx Platform Preview 04:06 - Alienware M14x Gaming Laptop Review 08:12 - SATA III SSD Round-Up: OCZ, Corsair, Patriot, Crucial 11:32 - Acer Iconia Tab A500 Android Tablet Review 16:20 - Something Cool For HH Fans... Read more...
With all of the new products to hit the SSD market recently, we thought it was a good time to pull together a varied sampling of cutting edge SATA III solid state drives to see how they stack up. We’ve got six drives on tap for this piece, two apiece from OCZ and Corsair, one from Patriot and another from Crucial. On tap are the Corsair Force GT, Corsair Force 3 Series, OCZ Agility 3, Patriot Wildfire, OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS, and the Crucial M4... SATA III SSD Round-Up: OCZ, Corsair, Patriot, Crucial... Read more...
We’ve opened our last few SSD round-ups with comments regarding the break-neck pace at which the solid state storage market has advanced these last few years. At the risk of repeating ourselves, the SSD market continues to show no signs of slowing down. New drives are being introduced constantly and along with updated interfaces, drivers and firmware, manufacturers continue to push the envelope. Consider this; Solid State Drives have gone from essentially non-existent on the desktop to the preferred storage medium of enthusiasts in less than three years. And they’ve offered significant performance improvements along the way. Many would even argue (myself included) that upgrading your... Read more...
Average consumers may see OCZ Technology for little more than their solid state drives, PSUs and memory modules. But the company's actually got some really sophisticated stuff going on in the backroom. Just this week, they announced the release of the second generation of its proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA).  Leveraged in OCZ’s PCI-Express (PCIe) and SAS SSD solutions for workstation, enterprise, and OEM clients, VCA 2.0 supports a rich enterprise feature-set enabling unprecedented flexibility, increased performance, and the reliability required for high throughput storage systems. Building on the company’s first generation VCA technology, which was originally... Read more...
If you've been reading the pages of HotHardware for any length of time, you've probably noticed that we have an affinity for just about anything SSD related.  As performance enthusiasts at heart, it's no wonder why we're keenly focused on the market segment, but even so, there are standout products that tend to pique our interest more than others.  And in the burgeoning SSD market, there's nothing more interesting than PCI Express based SSDs. In recent months we've covered PCI Express-based SSDs from virtually all the major players, from Fusion-io to, OCZ and LSI. The last time we took a look at OCZ's offering, the RevoDrive X2 took to the test bench and with its MLC-based... Read more...
In recent months we've covered PCI Express-based SSDs from virtually all the major players, from Fusion-io to, OCZ and LSI.  The last time we took a look at OCZ's offering, the RevoDrive X2 took to the test bench for us and with its MLC-based design, offered much of the performance of significantly more expensive SLC-based PCI Express SSDs, but at a fraction of the cost.  Today the third coming of the RevoDrive from OCZ is upon us, with all new technology on board, from its Flash controllers to the RAID processor.  With read/write specs that will make you drool, the RevoDrive 3 X2 is here and if it lives up to its specifications on paper, we think you're going to want to stick... Read more...
Look, we can't help ourselves. You say "SSD," we drool. Like clockwork. The allure of NAND-based storage is unavoidable and OCZ Technology seems to be at the forefront of making it all come together. Rather than pushing their latest into the hands of mere consumers, however the company's Deneva 2 series of solid state drives are made with the enterprise in mind. They take full advantage of the cutting-edge SATA 6Gb/s interface, and are designed for a wide range of enterprise applications including servers, cloud computing, and data centers. Based on SandForce SF-2000 SSD processors, the Deneva 2 series delivers up to 80,000 4KB random write IOPS and 550MB/s of potential bandwidth. In addition,... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two and Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about AMD’s recently released “Llano” A-Series APU, discuss highlights from the first AMD Fusion Developers Summit which took place in Seattle last week, MSI’s well-balanced GT683R gaming notebooks with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 560M, and give a sneak peek at an upcoming ultra high performance, PCI Express-based Solid State Drive from OCZ. We also talk about our ongoing “Dads and Grads” giveaway, which will be winding down next week! Show Notes: 01:40 - AMD Fusion: A8-3500M A-Series Llano APU Review 05:05 - ARM VP Responds To Questions On Partnerships with AMD, Microsoft... Read more...
OCZ's really firing on all cylinders this week at Computex. Aside from breaking records with their Z-Drive, they're also combining an SSD and HDD on a single PCIe card for one of the most awe-inspiring desktop storage solutions that we've seen in quite some while. The new RevoDrive Hybrid improves upon the older RevoDrive design by stuffing a pair of storage solutions onto a single card, giving users the best of both worlds: capacity and speed. The 2.5" drive on the board is (reportedly) not crafted by OCZ, but that's hardly anything to gripe about. The fact that it's real and working is astounding in itself. The SSD portion can use multiple SandForce controllers arranged in a RAID 0 array to... Read more...
Yow! OCZ Technology has always been about shattered records and making impressive numbers look like old hat with even more impressive numbers, and they're doing it again at this year's Computex. The company has achieved a new performance record at the show, delivering one million 4K write IOPS and 1.5 million read IOPS on a Z-Drive-equipped single server. The outfit's new Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD was showcased doing the damage in a single platform server by Colfax International. The rig is based on a Supermicro platform, which features an astounding 7.2TB of MLC storage. Of course, this record doesn't mean much for your next PC, but maybe the PC you'll buy in 5 years will. Progress...we'll take it... Read more...
OCZ announced the new Agility 3 and Solid 3 SATA III SSD product lines. By using the latest technology, OCZ is able to deliver almost double the performance with these new series of drives compared to the previous generation. Agility 3 and Solid 3 SSDs utilize the SandForce SF-2200 SSD processor. The Agility 3 delivers up to 525MB/s reads, 500MB/s writes, and up to 60,000 4KB random write IOPS while the  value-oriented Solid 3 features 500MB/s reads, 450MB/s writes, and 20,000 4KB random write IOPS. The new Agility 3 and Solid 3 SSDs are available in a new boot-drive size 60GB capacity as well as 120GB and 240GB options. OCZ Technology Announces the Agility 3 and Solid 3 SATA III Solid State... Read more...
Solid state drives are obviously changing the game in the consumer realm, but they're quietly doing something similar in the enterprise. In fact, the enterprise is where SSD technology is truly taking off, as pricing isn't so much of a concern. OCZ Technology, Fusion-io and a smattering of others are really making strides, with OCZ in particular offering up a new device this week for those looking for a more corporate upgrade. The company's new VeloDrive PCI-Express SSD was engineered to fit the needs of small and medium-sized businesses, enterprise clients and system integrators. The VeloDrive can be run in either hardware or software RAID mode and can be deployed in half-height or full-height... Read more...
For PC junkies, there's hardly anything better than a new solid state drive announcement. Every time we see a new SSD, we think about just how eager we are to transition into a world where HDDs are the past and SSDs are the present. OCZ Technology seems to be dreaming those same dreams, and today they've unveiled a new addition to the Vertex 3 SATA III Series of solid state drives. The Vertex 3 Max IOPS edition drive is the unit in question, which combines the speed of SATA III with boosted random write performance. These units are said to be ideal solutions for applications that demand high aggregate workloads and increased IO throughput, and it relies on SandForce's SF-2200 SSD controller.... Read more...
When it comes to milestones, this is definitely one that hits home in our industry. Solid state drives have been around for years at this point, and while they're hardly more affordable than they once were, and definitely not nearly as sizable (in terms of capacity) as HDDs, people are splurging on them. OCZ Technology has been a major SSD player for some time now, and the company just recently shipped their one millionth SSD. One million! That's a pretty big number for a smaller company; OCZ doesn't have the namesake or distribution channels like WD or Seagate, yet the company is clearly getting their SSDs out to performance-minded consumers. Kudos to OCZ for keeping a good thing going, and... Read more...
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