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OCZ Tech Sporting USB 3.0 SSD @ CES Too

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 9 comments

Within the last two days, we've seen several manufacturers announce/reveal their USB 3.0-based SSDs. OCZ Technology is the latest to reveal its array of next-generation SSDs, keeping the specs to a minimum in its official report from Las Vegas. Currently the company is showcasing the new USB 3.0 SSD at CES along with SATA II 2.5-inch SSDs, SAS SSDs, and PCI-e SSDs.

"In addition to internal storage solutions, OCZ will be demonstrating the groundbreaking performance of the highly anticipated USB 3.0 interface with an ultra-slim portable SSD," the company said in an official press release. "Geared toward the early-adopting enthusiast, the OCZ USB 3.0 SSD sets the bar early for high-performance storage devices."

Naturally consumers will need a motherboard with on-board USB 3.0 support to take advantage of the SuperSpeed technology, or purchase a PCI-e card that adds USB 3.0 to current systems (without having to rip out the mobo). Having USB 3.0 isn't a requirement--the SSD can still wrok when connected to a USB 2.0 port albeit quite slower. Currently the Asus P6X58D is the only USB 3.0 "certified" motherboard--consumers may want to wait a while before jumping onto the portable USB 3.0 SSD bandwagon.

In addition to its lineup of SSDs, OCZ Technology is showcasing gaming and "enthusiast" hardware: its latest DDR3 solutions and its new Fatal1ty 750W and PC Power Silence mkII power supplies.

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    1898 , January 7, 2010 1:16 AM
    Hm.. I missed all the other USB 3.0 SSD announcements then. ;p
    So Intel's next gen SSDs (Q3/4?) will come with USB 3.0? Neat.
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    kingair11 , January 7, 2010 2:59 AM
    Uh I thought that Gigabyte also had USB 3.0 certified Motherboards. I just bought one !
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    eklipz330 , January 7, 2010 3:32 AM
    kingair11Uh I thought that Gigabyte also had USB 3.0 certified Motherboards. I just bought one !

    lmfao u didn't check the specs at all did you

    but im glad to see usb 3.0 is catching on faster then i can get myself a usb 3.0 product.. im def gonna hold out on my amd system until i can get a usb 3.0 mobo
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    fuser , January 7, 2010 6:37 AM
    kingair11Uh I thought that Gigabyte also had USB 3.0 certified Motherboards. I just bought one !

    Yep. Their GA-P55A-UD3 board was the first USB 3.0 certified board.
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    remyj , January 7, 2010 10:43 AM
    "Having USB 3.0 isn't a requirement--the SSD can still wrok when connected to a USB 2.0 "

    Does anyone proof read a story before publishing anymore? I can understand if the spell check missed a dual spelling word such as their or there but I am fairly certain there is no such word as wrok.

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    huron , January 7, 2010 11:09 AM
    As far as I can tell, there are quite a few boards that have USB 3.0 (and the new SATA spec as well) - from both Asus and Gigabyte.

    GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD7
    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3
    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3P
    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P
    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD6

    GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3
    GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4
    GIGABYTE GA-790FXTA-UD5

    ASUS P6X58D (mentioned)
    ASUS P7P55D-E Premium
    ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe
    ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
    ASUS P7P55D-E

    That is just from a simple search - there may be more
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    gwolfman , January 7, 2010 1:29 PM
    Does it really matter who got it first? Also, simply "having" it doesn't mean it was "certified".
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    eccentric909 , January 7, 2010 2:12 PM
    remyj"Having USB 3.0 isn't a requirement--the SSD can still wrok when connected to a USB 2.0 "Does anyone proof read a story before publishing anymore? I can understand if the spell check missed a dual spelling word such as their or there but I am fairly certain there is no such word as wrok.


    Does having a single word misspelled truly destroy your reading experience? Big deal.
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    georgekn3mp , January 28, 2010 4:15 PM
    Just don't expect it to run at SATA-III speeds (6gb/s) on P55 boards with 2 PCiE video cards. It works at full speen on the x58 motherboards, but multiple video cards on most P55 mobos disables the SATA-III and USB3.0 down to SATA-II / USB 2.0 speeds. Limitation of only 16 PciE lanes...

    I have the Asus P6X58D and it can run 3 cards at 16x/8x/8x and still maintain full USB3/SATA-III speeds...as I believe all the x58 boards can maintain it at full speed.

    Now I just need the SATA-III devices to run on it!