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Update: OCZ's 1 TB Colossus SSD Costs $2200

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OCZ's upcoming Colossus SSDs will cost between $300 and $2200.

Engadget managed to acquire the pricing and availability of OCZ Technology's upcoming Colossus line of SSDs. According to OCZ, the 1 TB drive will cost consumers a whopping $2200, and should be available on the market in "about three weeks." The hefty 400g 1 TB drive--or rather a working prototype--first made an appearance at Computex this past June, revealing a chunky 3.5-inch form factor for desktops that doesn't require converter brackets.

Electronista is also reporting that the 1 TB drive integrates two separate SSD components that are arranged in a RAID 0 configuration, driven by a JMicron controller. The drive supposedly features read speeds of up to 250 MB/s and write speeds of 220 MB/s over a SATA2 interface.

In addition to the 1 TB version, OCZ will also offer three other Colossus SSDs: the 120 (128 GB @ $300), 250 (256 GB @ $650), and the 500 (512 GB @ $1200).

UPDATE 08/04/09: OCZ contacted us this week saying that the drive actually uses Indilinx controllers with the latest firmware, and not JMicron controllers. The drive uses Indilinx controllers to control the NAND memory chips, but employs a Silicon Image controller for RAID duties.

Currently, Indilinx is regarded as one of the top NAND controller makers, and have contributed to bringing down prices of SSD drives as well as vastly improving their performance.

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    ElectroGoofy , August 4, 2009 12:23 AM
    Wow! Thats one big drive! Lets just all hope (and pray) that is is toward the $300 end ;) 
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    ElectroGoofy , August 4, 2009 12:29 AM
    Oops! Sorry about the previous comment.... saw "1 TB" and "between $300 and $2200" so thought that was the price of the 1 tb. Too bad there is no edit button on comments...

    But yea, thats one big drive!
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    gekko668 , August 4, 2009 12:33 AM
    *drooling* Maybe I should take out a student loan and purchase this silicon baby.
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    matt87_50 , August 4, 2009 12:46 AM
    wait, so isn't this just a couple of smaller drives and a raid controller in a 3.5" box? would it be cheaper to just DIY?
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    afrobacon , August 4, 2009 12:52 AM
    nice toy, too bad its not in my budget
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    ckthecerealkiller , August 4, 2009 12:53 AM
    I can build a WD raptor RAID 5 setup with that much money. What's the only real difference? Response time. Which is (on average) a mere 15ms more...
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    Anonymous , August 4, 2009 12:56 AM
    In a few months it will probably cost half that amount.
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    viewwin , August 4, 2009 1:13 AM
    "Electronista is also reporting that the 1 TB drive integrates two separate SSD components that are arranged in a RAID 0 configuration, driven by a JMicron controller."

    No thanks
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    weilin , August 4, 2009 1:25 AM
    is it just me or does OCZ have way too many product lines?....
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    jn77 , August 4, 2009 1:39 AM
    I second the comment about making them yourself, get a tiny raid controller that you can connect up to 12 32gb or 64gb SD cards and you have saved yourself allot of money and it will actually use allot less space than a 3.5inch drive bay.

    I was going to do this with CF cards a long time ago... never got around to doing it.
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    Darkk , August 4, 2009 1:42 AM
    It's geared towards Enterprise environments with deep pockets. Maybe in a couple of years it'll come down in price to the point it's more affordable.

    For it's size I still prefer HDDs.
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    doomtomb , August 4, 2009 1:50 AM
    When are prices gonna come down?? :o 
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    kutark , August 4, 2009 2:19 AM
    Ugh, if SSD's would just come down another 40% or so i'd be willing to pay for one. The sad fact is that you can still buy 2 normal HDD's, set them up in a raid 0, and get roughly equivalent transfer rates. Yes, access time is a lot worse, but overall you're getting a far better bargain, and much more capacity.

    If i could get a 128gb SSD with 150/150 read/write or better for $175-$200, i would gladly pay that.
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    deltatux , August 4, 2009 2:22 AM
    Holy sh*t ... now let's hope for a lower priced (yet smaller) drives that aren't ridiculously priced.

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    nachowarrior , August 4, 2009 2:38 AM
    one word flushes your entire 2200 bucks down the drain... "jmicron"
    wtf, why would they not use a better controller on a high end product?
    I don't think anyone wants to pay 2200 bucks for a stuttering hdd.
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    hok , August 4, 2009 2:46 AM
    RAID controllers aren't cheap... once you calculate that in its a very different decision.

    Anyways I'm getting the new Intel ones when they are back on the market.
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    xaira , August 4, 2009 2:56 AM
    will it not be easier, faster and less expensive to just buy 4 256gb ssd
    and raid 0 them?
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    belardo , August 4, 2009 2:59 AM
    SD Cards don't have performance of an SSD drive. SD, like typical low-cost flash memory cards/drives are very fast for what they do, used mostly in the portable market - are not designed for the high-performance demands of a desktop computer. They'll wear out faster than SSD drives and not have the performance. Nevermind not even coming close to the SSD-PCIe drives ($1500+) which can transfer 1500~2000MB/s!

    Lets do some math.
    The SD-RAID0-SSD Device is about $150 (I don't know, lets guess)
    Each 32GB SD-Card is $100 (Some are down to $80, but for math reasons, its easier)

    So for 320GB, you'll need 10 cards = $1000 ($800 for the cheaper ones) + adapter = $950~1150.

    Well, they don't make 320GB SSD Drives, but 256 and 512. 256 = $600, two of those would be $1200.... same price that OCZ is offering their 512GB drive.

    Its not cost effective to use SD as a cheap SSD.
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    vipaul , August 4, 2009 3:16 AM
    This one doesn't have a Jmicron Memory controller but a Jmicron RAID controller which links two Indilinx barefoot Memory controllers. So the speeds should be impressive.
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    megamanx00 , August 4, 2009 3:41 AM
    I'd rather have WD Cavalier Blacks in RAID. Sure I think the speed of this SSD would be nice, but the price is just a wee bit too much for my tastes :D .
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