OCZ Debuts Vertex 3 SSDs with SF-2000 Series

Thursday OCZ Technology said that its new line of Vertex 3 SSDs have shipped for the consumer sector, arriving in 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB capacities. The company's enterprise-class Vertex 3 Pro series won't launch until mid-Q2 2011-- otherwise sometime around next month.

We first saw the Vertex 3 series back in January during CES 2011. Taking advantage of the SandForce SF-2200 controller and a SATA 6 Gbps interface, the new line is capable of read speeds up to 550 MB/s and write speeds up to 520 MB/s, depending on the capacity. All three provide the same 60,000 IOPS (4K random write), native TRIM support and 2.5-inch form factor traits.

"The Vertex 3 series with the SandForce SF-2200 SSD processor has been eagerly anticipated in the marketplace," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. "Our partnership with SandForce has again facilitated the introduction of a solution that sets the benchmark for industry leading performance and reliability."

According to OCZ, the SSDs offer RAID support, a MTBF of 2 million hours, and low power consumption of 2W while in operation and .5W while in standby. Other features include a seek time of .1 ms and an included adapter bracket for mounting the MLC NAND-based drive into a 3.5-inch drive bay.

Currently Newegg is listing the 120 GB model for $300, the 240 GB model for $550 and the 480 GB model for a hefty $1,900 USD. Additional online retailers include Amazon, Micro Center, Circuit City and others.

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  • warezme
    me wants.., anyone need a good kidney?
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  • jrharbort
    SATA III is still a fairly new technology, not even widely adopted yet. And there are already SSDs that can max out the available bandwidth? That is just INSANE. On top of that, flash based storage has been dropping in price far faster than any previous storage technology. I remember in 2003 when my 128MB flash drive was $50.
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  • bison88
    jrharbortSATA III is still a fairly new technology, not even widely adopted yet. And there are already SSDs that can max out the available bandwidth? That is just INSANE. On top of that, flash based storage has been dropping in price far faster than any previous storage technology. I remember in 2003 when my 128MB flash drive was $50.



    Yeah it's pretty incredible, but it's not really that surprising if you understand the general basics of how flash and NAND memory operates. It's simply evolutionary rather than revolutionary and the speed barriers will probably always be down to the bus and connections for the foreseeable future and not the drive or controller itself. Now that we have fully saturated SATA 3.0 aka Sata 6Gbps, can we now please work on correcting some critical flaws and consistent issues with future SSD's so we can get some quality assurance going and have it market saturated so I don't have to hold a Christmas list of what to look for when I go shopping for one?

    Since size isn't going anywhere without a heavy price on the wallet, this is the next logical step if you want mass adoption by consumers. SSD's have only gone from a baby lying on its back to laying flat on its belly. There is a long way to go before it even comes close to running in the mainstream
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