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OCZ's Vector PCIe SSD to Include TRIM and SMART support

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The latest generation of Vector PCIe SSDs will feature support for SMART and TRIM.

OCZ's new Vector PCI Express Solid State Drive comprises of two SSDs mounted on an expansion card and configured in RAID0. As a result of it's two Indilinx Barefoot 3 controllers, OCZ expects the drive to reach speeds of up to 1000 MB/s and performing 140,000 IOPS. Notably, this generation of Vector cards are based on a PCIe 2.0 x4 interface and come with support for SMART and TRIM.

The Vector PCI Express SSD will be available this summer in capacities of 240 GB, 480 GB and 960 GB with a five year warranty. Details on price and availability will presumably become available closer to the release date.

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    ssd_pro , March 8, 2013 2:23 PM
    I hope this drive is amazing and priced reasonably. Right now there aren't many PCIe cards even available and it is such a great interface to base storage on. The Intel 910's are crazy expensive and the Revo 3's have wildly varying performance depending on data type. I'll watch for the reviews - if they are as good as Vector SATA3, I'll take a couple.
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    unknown9122 , March 8, 2013 2:27 PM
    Why arent they using PCI3? I guess not many people have mobos that support it.
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    ssd_pro , March 8, 2013 2:32 PM
    unknown9122Why arent they using PCI3? I guess not many people have mobos that support it.


    Also a lot of boards have a x4 slot that isn't 3.0 anyway. That and at 1GB/s 3.0 vs 2.0 wouldn't matter.
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    CrArC , March 8, 2013 2:37 PM
    unknown9122Why arent they using PCI3? I guess not many people have mobos that support it.
    It's also unnecessary. Even 4x PCIE gen1 can support the bandwidth used. They won't avoid PCIE3 if it's cheaper to implement of course, but I guess that isn't the case.
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    wysir , March 8, 2013 2:42 PM
    next step: build a longer card holding 4 SSDs in a RAID 0 for 2GB/s =)
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    merikafyeah , March 8, 2013 3:13 PM
    I wonder how they'll compare to the OWC Mercury Accelsior drives:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/PCIe/OWC/Mercury_Accelsior/RAID
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    bunga28 , March 8, 2013 5:15 PM
    "As a result of it's two Indilinx Barefoot 3 controllers," The correct spelling is "its" not "it's." Sorry to correct you, but I think this way makes you smarter.
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    murzar , March 8, 2013 6:01 PM
    Impressive.
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    joebob2000 , March 8, 2013 7:50 PM
    ssd_proI hope this drive is amazing and priced reasonably. Right now there aren't many PCIe cards even available and it is such a great interface to base storage on. The Intel 910's are crazy expensive and the Revo 3's have wildly varying performance depending on data type. I'll watch for the reviews - if they are as good as Vector SATA3, I'll take a couple.


    Priced reasonably? LOL that kind of IOPS is for servers, these are probably going to start at $1000 for the 240 gig and the 960 gig will hit $3000
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    bryonhowley , March 8, 2013 8:44 PM
    I hope the price is not to high. I have a older OCZ based PCI-E SSD and it works good but this look great.
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    tsnor , March 8, 2013 9:27 PM
    "OCZ's Vector PCIe SSD to Include TRIM and SMART support" Wow. Now find an SSD that doesn't. Then maybe change the title to "OCZ claims Vector PCIe SSD hits 1GB/sec"
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    howmuch , March 9, 2013 1:03 AM
    How much bandwidth in GB/s terms does PCIE 2.0 x4 deliver?
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    jurassic1024 , March 9, 2013 2:08 PM
    unknown9122Why arent they using PCI3? I guess not many people have mobos that support it.


    The controller is new, so it makes sense to start "small" with PCI2.
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    blazorthon , March 10, 2013 10:00 AM
    tsnor"OCZ's Vector PCIe SSD to Include TRIM and SMART support" Wow. Now find an SSD that doesn't. Then maybe change the title to "OCZ claims Vector PCIe SSD hits 1GB/sec"


    I bet that I can find many PCIe SSDs with internal RAID that don't support TRIM and/or SMART.
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    blazorthon , March 10, 2013 10:02 AM
    joebob2000Priced reasonably? LOL that kind of IOPS is for servers, these are probably going to start at $1000 for the 240 gig and the 960 gig will hit $3000


    OCZ already has had many PCIe SSDs with comparable performance specs for very reasonable prices, sometimes around $1 per GB despite great performance. I think that you're greatly overestimating the pricing.
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    blazorthon , March 10, 2013 10:03 AM
    howmuchHow much bandwidth in GB/s terms does PCIE 2.0 x4 deliver?


    Max theoretical bandwidth for PCIe 2.0 is 2GB/s (500MB/s per PCIe 2.0 lane). Practical performance can get fairly close to theoretical for PCIe 2.0, so around 1.5GB's to 1.8GB/s max is not unreasonable, granted the SSDs in this article aren't fast enough to achieve such speeds anyway.
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    Anonymous , March 10, 2013 8:05 PM
    My 2 Agility in raid 0 achieve 930MB transfer rates, for a fraction of the costs this will endure, and its trim enabled through Intels Rapid Storage techs, and it takes up less space, but yes 5 year warranty would be nice.
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    Rhinofart , March 11, 2013 12:25 PM
    bunga28"As a result of it's two Indilinx Barefoot 3 controllers," The correct spelling is "its" not "it's." Sorry to correct you, but I think this way makes you smarter.

    LOL I was about to correct you because thinking naturally being a possessive phrase to use the apostrophe, but alas! You are correct!