OCZ Intros Vector SSDs with In-House Barefoot 3 Controller

OCZ Technology said on Tuesday that its new Vector Series of SATA 3-based (6 Gb/s) SSDs are now available. The new drives feature OCZ's proprietary next-generation Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller which enables faster file transfers and boot-ups, and a quicker, more responsive storage experience. The new series is now offered in 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB capacities.

"OCZ’s worldwide technology hardware and firmware teams developed the new controller silicon and firmware completely in-house to enable full design control over the Vector SSD Series roadmap, while delivering exceptional I/O performance, enhanced reliability and endurance, and a host of differentiated features to empower high performance laptops, desktops, and workstations with superior storage capabilities," the company said.

The new Vector Series delivers read bandwidth of up to 550 MB/s and write bandwidth of up to 530 MB/s. They also deliver random write performance of up to 100,000 IOPS and random read performance up to 95,000 IOPS, depending on the capacity. The SSDs even measure just 7-mm slim, making them an ideal HDD replacement for super-thin form factor notebooks.

"Endurance was a major priority in the design of the Vector Series, and the highly intelligent Barefoot 3 controller includes an advanced suite of flash management tools that can analyze and dynamically adapt to increasing NAND vulnerabilities as flash cells wear or process geometries get smaller," OCZ said. "In this way, the Barefoot 3 controller overcomes the shortcomings associated with MLC NAND flash memory and is specified to deliver 20GB host writes per day for 5 years."

OCZ said each Vector SSD is packed with a 3.5-inch desktop adapter bracket for mounting in a desktop, and Acronis True Image cloning software for transferring data from a legacy, old-school HDD to the Vector SSD. Other performance optimizations include support for TRIM and Idle Time Garbage Collection.

"These are the first SSD products delivered under the new OCZ and leverages cutting-edge controller technology to deliver a groundbreaking level of sustained performance and reliability for customers seeking a superior SSD for their high performance computing applications," said Ralph Schmitt, CEO for OCZ Technology.

Currently Newegg is listing the 512 GB version for $569.99 and the 256 GB version for $289.99.

 

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  • A Bad Day
    Looks like there's a lot of coordination in Tom's Hardware's staff...
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  • wannabepro
    Late news is late, we've already had a review of this.
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  • A Bad Day
    Looks like there's a lot of coordination in Tom's Hardware's staff...
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  • madjimms
    "In this way, the Barefoot 3 controller overcomes the shortcomings associated with MLC NAND flash memory and is specified to deliver 20GB host writes per day for 5 years."

    20GB host writes per day? Some people do 20GB in a few hours & would make the drive last considerably less.
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