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OCZ Launches 4th Generation PCIe SSDs

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OCZ's new Z-Drive PCIe-based SSDs feature removable NAND modules.

OCZ Technology Group announced today its move into mass production with the fourth generation of PCIe-based solid state drives, the new Z-Drive R2 SSD series. This will actually be the second rendition of the original Z-Drive drives, adding "greater performance and design flexibility" thanks to optimized, interchangeable NAND modules--this will allow for in-field service and upgrades without the need to rip out the existing drive.

“The Z-Drive R2 is a total solution that delivers exceptional performance over a wide of range of applications due to its superior sequential performance, making it a winner in both high IOP and high-throughput environments," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group.

As with the previous Z-Drive, the R2 version is bootable, and offers a huge performance value with teamed up with other Z-Drive R2 drives in a RAID 0 configuration. Storage capacities range from 256GB to 2TB, however the company said that--despite price--the PCIe-based SSDs provide an actual cost savings when compared to the expense of maintaining complex HDD infrastructures.

Currently OCZ is offering three models: the Z-Drive R2 p88, the Z-Drive R2 p84, and the Z-Drive R2 m84. The R2 p88 version is the fastest drive of the bunch, offering read speeds of up to 1.3GB/s, write speeds of up to 1GB/s, and a sustained write speed of up to 550MB/s. For more information on all three models, head here.

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    kyeana , April 6, 2010 10:43 PM
    grieveThe OCZ site doesn't even have prices....


    If you have to ask... :p 
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    scione , April 6, 2010 10:52 PM
    grieveThe OCZ site doesn't even have prices....

    I already know I can't afford it :p 
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    yannifb , April 6, 2010 10:31 PM
    i want.
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    Shadow703793 , April 6, 2010 10:40 PM
    This is going to cost an arm or a leg....or a kidney.

    Anyways, for those that only want a small disk (~3-4GB) with these speeds for use as a scratch disk should take a look at a RAM drive.
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    grieve , April 6, 2010 10:42 PM
    The OCZ site doesn't even have prices....
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    kyeana , April 6, 2010 10:43 PM
    grieveThe OCZ site doesn't even have prices....


    If you have to ask... :p 
  • 12 Hide
    scione , April 6, 2010 10:52 PM
    grieveThe OCZ site doesn't even have prices....

    I already know I can't afford it :p 
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    flyinfinni , April 6, 2010 10:54 PM
    holy FAST. Wish I had unlimited resources to get one:-)
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    the_krasno , April 6, 2010 11:05 PM
    Imagine what you could do with this coupled with Google's 1gigabit internet?
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    thermalsig , April 6, 2010 11:18 PM
    the_krasnoImagine what you could do with this coupled with Google's 1gigabit internet?

    Download all the internet porn in one hour.
    Hmmmm, I'm thinking THG should do a system build with one of these, then give it away.
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    HavoCnMe , April 6, 2010 11:29 PM
    I hope Santa's elves can produce one of these this chrismahanukwanzakah.
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    miloo , April 6, 2010 11:30 PM
    just wondering the price ~
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    shuffman37 , April 6, 2010 11:30 PM
    otacon72"offering read speeds of up to 1.3GB/s, write speeds of up to 1GB/s, and a sustained write speed of up to 550MB/s."Lets see, down payment on a house or 2TB's of Z-Drive R2 SSD's. Tough choice.

    Thats faster than my sdram transfer speeds according to memtest on my current rig! Oh,,,,a poor boy could wish =)
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    Shadow703793 , April 7, 2010 1:05 AM
    shuffman37Thats faster than my sdram transfer speeds according to memtest on my current rig! Oh,,,,a poor boy could wish =)

    Create a software RAM drive and run HD Tune on it to see the real results.
    Here are my results: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2802/4433346194_ea936d899b_o.png
    Max of: 3029 MB/s :D 
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    eklipz330 , April 7, 2010 1:09 AM
    otacon72"offering read speeds of up to 1.3GB/s, write speeds of up to 1GB/s, and a sustained write speed of up to 550MB/s."Lets see, down payment on a house or 2TB's of Z-Drive R2 SSD's. Tough choice.

    don't be stupid, get the z-drives
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    killerclick , April 7, 2010 2:01 AM
    HavoCnMeI hope Santa's elves can produce one of these this chrismahanukwanzakah.


    What's the use? Santa would just kill you (unless you're Dr Zoidberg in which case you get a pogo stick!)
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    Dkz , April 7, 2010 2:10 AM
    gimme 2.
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    lauxenburg , April 7, 2010 3:43 AM
    WTF 1.3GB/s....someone's gotta get Tom's a Spellcheck cause I think they made a typo.
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    xrodney , April 7, 2010 6:23 AM
    lauxenburgWTF 1.3GB/s....someone's gotta get Tom's a Spellcheck cause I think they made a typo.

    I think 1.3GB/s is right (be it 1.3gb/s will make it only 162MB/s).

    There is faster ioDrive Duo already for some time.
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    eddieroolz , April 7, 2010 6:42 AM
    My God, this would be perfect as a boot drive!
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    belardo , April 7, 2010 9:20 AM
    I WANT!!!

    If Win7 boots in 10 seconds with an intel X25-G2 (about 280MB/s max).... this sucker at 4 times the performance should boot Windows 7 before you press the Power button!

    A PCI-E "drive" is still the fastest possible solution that not even SATA-3.0 can touch.

    If the 256GB version is $800~900, it wouldn't be much more expensive than regular SSDs. Give it about another 2-3 years, perhaps such a beast will be around $300.
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    shuffman37 , April 7, 2010 9:57 AM
    Quote:
    Create a software RAM drive and run HD Tune on it to see the real results.
    Here are my results: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2802/4433346194_ea936d899b_o.png
    Max of: 3029 MB/s :D 

    I would do that but I'm currently running a stripped down version of Ubuntu. If I write stuff to the virtual disk "shrm" file that saves information in memory I can transfer files around in less than a second that'll fill up my 384mb of sdram 133. (only about 200mb of it is even usable after boot up) As for memtest I'm getting about 540MBps or so of sustained read/write and my L1 cache is about 3GBps on my 1.7ghz Willemette if I remember the results correctly. So I'm pretty sure your actual ram transfer speeds are faster than my L1 caches on my old lovely, bandwidth starved P4. Hopefully I'll have a Phenom ii 965, or a lower end Core i7 in the near future if I can find some steady work or my step dad gets his disability. (17 year old teen in MI, not fun finding work)
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