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Next-Gen SandForce Controller Seen on OCZ SSD

By - Source: The Tech Report | B 25 comments

OCZ's Vertex 3 Pro, seen at CES 2011, was shown to have sustained read speeds of 550 MB/s and sustained write speeds of 525 MB/s. Kapow!!

Last week during CES 2011, The Tech Report spotted OCZ's Vertex 3 Pro SSD--running in a demo system--using a next-generation SandForce SF-2582 controller and a 6Gbps Serial ATA interface. OCZ demonstrated its read and write speeds by running the ATTO Disk Benchmark which clearly showed the disk hitting sustained read speeds of 550 MB/s and sustained write speeds of 525 MB/s.

The company said that the final version of the Vetrex 3 Pro will use different flash memory chips than what was used in the demo unit, however it was unclear if the change would impact the current performance.

OCZ also demonstrated its latest Z-Drive (R3) sporting a PCI-Express Gen 2 x8 connection linked to four SandForce-based SSDs. The site was unable to obtain actual specifics surrounding the RAID chip combining the four SSDs into a single striped array, however OCZ said that the flash controller was of the current generation rather than what's used on the Vertex 3 Pro.

As for specs, the Z-Drive R3 will offer 1,000 MB/s sustained reads, 950 MB/s sustained writes, and up to 135,000 random-write IOPS. Additionally, the R3 was built on a half-height card, making it easy to insert the PCIe-based SSD in a low-profile server chassis. Capacity options will reportedly include up to 1.2 TB of MLC flash and up to 600 GB of SLC memory.

The Vertex 3 Pro is expected to ship the next few months. A release date for the Z-Drive R3 wasn't specified.

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    dragonfang18 , January 12, 2011 6:45 PM
    That's Fast! WOWOW WEE WAA!
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    kcorp2003 , January 12, 2011 6:48 PM
    Truly remarkable.
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    dogman_1234 , January 12, 2011 7:02 PM
    Hopefully it is better than OCD's memory!
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    milktea , January 12, 2011 7:05 PM
    Wow, the Z-Drive is close to PC-133 SDRAM speed.
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    eklipz330 , January 12, 2011 7:17 PM
    OMG i totally wrote about this in the revodrive x2 feature!

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    phosun3000 , January 12, 2011 7:18 PM
    Cost? About how much? Cost?
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    scook9 , January 12, 2011 7:20 PM
    Might just be me....but those 4k IOPS are pretty low......I have raid 0 64GB SF-1222 drives right now and they completely destroy that. And that setup only cost me $200 :D 
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    scook9 , January 12, 2011 7:40 PM
    And I should add that RAID does not boost 4k numbers, so I would get the same out of a single drive for $100 (smallest stripe size is 4k size so no benefit)
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    danwat1234 , January 12, 2011 9:08 PM
    WOW! Look at the 4K!!!! About TWICE what the Intel G2 can do. Awe some.

    It looks like it would almost saturate the SATA II bus even with highly random I/O!
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    joelmartinez , January 12, 2011 11:01 PM
    Will be purchasing intel's next-gen ssd or the vertex 3 pro unless the corsairs and marvels are really good, and cheap
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    eddieroolz , January 13, 2011 2:59 AM
    I swear with the rate we're going soon even SATA3 will be obsolete. The pace the engineers are progressing at is amazing.
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    kingnoobe , January 13, 2011 3:05 AM
    Ya, if only prices would follow suit.
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    dimar , January 13, 2011 5:29 AM
    All netbooks should come as Windows system drive, using this SSD, in mini PCI express form :lol: 
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    cmartin011 , January 13, 2011 11:14 AM
    how about intel hooking the lightspeed crap to it if sata3 is an issue?
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    bildo123 , January 13, 2011 1:36 PM
    milkteaWow, the Z-Drive is close to PC-133 SDRAM speed.

    Just without the whole volatile issue deal, issue, thing, ya...

    Anyways, now is the time, we got the sizes and the speeds right, just time for the prices to get in tune, hopefully close to that nice $1/GB point.
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    cushgod , January 13, 2011 4:09 PM
    The progress of this tech will continue at this speed until we get closer to current ram speeds. (Limit of silicon). Old HDD have mechaincal limit. Now SSD are limited by nothing, except silicon. Instant reboots, loading, and file transfer! yeaaahh
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    cushgod , January 13, 2011 4:10 PM
    SSD's are so much less complicated then mechanical HDD. So cost should drop below mechanical HDD price. dont go for 1 a GB, ask for 10cent/GB!
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    razor512 , January 13, 2011 7:30 PM
    in terms of raw materials, an SSD is much cheaper, those companies can easily charge $100 for a 500GB+ ssd and still make a good profit. They just charge crazy prices because it is more profitable kinda like charging $500 for a videocard that cost the same amount to make as as the mid range version of the same card (same GPU core just locked down and a few other limitations)
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    hjohn06 , January 13, 2011 9:00 PM
    The cost of research and development have to be factored in. If you threw down however many millions of dollars it cost to do the the R&D, I'm sure they would be more than happy to sell it to you at the cost of the material.
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    rrplay , January 13, 2011 11:19 PM
    Going to be keeping a watch on this looks blazing fast !
    and what $$ point is going to be competitive.
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