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OCZ joins the mSATA SSD Battlefield

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OCZ joins the likes of Intel, SanDisk, Kingston and others to the mSATA SSD battlefield with its two Strata and Nocti mSATA SDDs

The OCZ Strata and Nocti mSATA drives have been seen for pre-order at European sites like Scan.co.uk, though no "official" announcement has been made by OCZ Technology on their availability.

Strata utilizes a slightly revised version of OCZ's own Indilinx controller and comes in 30GB and 60GB capacities. The 30GB model offers 4k random writes of 750 IOPS, 4k random reads of 11,000 IOPS, sequential writes of 40 MB/s, and sequential reads of 125 MB/s. The 60 GB model offers 4k random writes of 1500 IOPS, 4k random reads of 12,000 IOPS, sequential writes of 85 MB/s, and sequential reads of 130 MB/s.

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Notci utilizes either a SandForce SF-2141 or SF-2181 controller and comes in 30GB,  60GB and 120GB capacities. The 30GB model offers 4k random writes of 12,500 IOPS, 4k random reads of 6,000 IOPS, sequential writes of 255 MB/s, and sequential reads of 280 MB/s. The 60 GB model offers 4k random writes of 12,500 IOPS, 4k random reads of 11,500 IOPS, sequential writes of 260 MB/s, and sequential reads of 280 MB/s. The 120 GB model offers 4k random writes of 32,000 IOPS, 4k random reads of 11,500 IOPS, sequential writes of 260 MB/s, and sequential reads of 280 MB/s.

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    Doomsy2006 , September 9, 2011 5:33 AM
    Nocti 120GB looks like the way to go.....wish I could acquire or test one and have it be free....I'd send it back I swear!
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    alyoshka , September 9, 2011 6:23 AM
    Now I just wish that Every Mobo that is released has a slot for these.
    Then I'd certainly think of one..... but until the time that they put a slot..... it's a no no.
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    martel80 , September 9, 2011 6:55 AM
    There should be a user-serviceable slot for this on every laptop.
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    silverclaw , September 9, 2011 10:52 AM
    Well played Doug Crowthers.

    I clicked this article for the sole reason of 'battlefield'

    Well played indeed.
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    drwho1 , September 9, 2011 12:00 PM
    Looking at this boards somehow it gives me hope that this tech will find its way into Motherboards in the not so distant future.

    Yes, integrated SSD's into the Motherboard.
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    Anonymous , September 9, 2011 2:44 PM
    Gigabyte and others have offered mobos with slots for these for several months now. If that is what drwho1 was wishing for.
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    yonef , September 9, 2011 8:17 PM
    Looks awful !
    for that money you could buy 2TB HDD wich operate at higher speeds !!
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    BulkZerker , September 9, 2011 9:38 PM
    Show me a 2TB platter drive that provides sustained reads of 125MB/s yonef. Please.
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    maako , September 10, 2011 3:24 AM
    @Yonef; you really need to read up on your tech.
    - How did you even get yourself to comment.
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    eddieroolz , September 10, 2011 6:13 AM
    30GB is rather too small for today's needs. Prices need to come down now.
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    yonef , September 10, 2011 11:46 AM
    @ maako, bulkzerker: you need to read up your tech!
    for example samsung spinpoint F4 cost 30% less and easy averages read&write speeds at ~130Mb/s http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/73/65320498.jpg
    velociRaptors are even faster.

    Not to mention that for £73 (which is the cost of this OCZ) you'll rather get Crucial RealSSD M4 64GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-008-CR&groupid=701&catid=14&subcat=910
    with new firmware it reaches 550 MB/s sustained speed and 50000+ IOPS (not 1500 like OCZ)!! OMFG - velociraptor drives has better IOPS than this ****. What about USB3 flash drives: they got even more IOPS than this so called ssd !
    Plus avoiding OCZ is my moto, as I already RMAed 4 PSUs(650 W), two memory modules, and one ssd drive(vertex 2 128 GB)! I had 100% fail rate on various OCZ products.

    Google aroud and you wont find any other ssd drive slower than this, but you'll definitelly find cheaper one!
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    Anonymous , September 28, 2011 3:15 AM
    @ yonef : Read/write speeds aren't all what SSDs are about. You get them for the crazy fast access times, which HDDs can't come close to matching.

    Your comparisons don't make sense anyway. This is for the portable sector. You wouldn't slam a mobile GPU just because there's tons of discreet ones that can beat it. Are you seriously implying that a 3.5in HDD will fit in a laptop?

    These are designed as small drop in upgrades for users who want an SSD boot disk along with another drive. Sure, you could put the m4 in and get better speeds, but most laptops don't have 2 drive slots. There are plenty of slower SSDs - these will be the fastest mSATA drives on the market.