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New OCZ Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD Achieves Record

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OCZ set a new benchmark of 1 million 4K write IOPS this week at Computex.

Tuesday at Computex, OCZ claimed that it set a new benchmark of 1 million 4K write IOPS and 1.5 million read IOPS with a single Z-Drive R4 88-equipped 3U Colfax International Server.

Based on a Supermicro platform, this specific server solution is considered to be the fastest on the market and features 7.2 TB of MLC storage. OCZ's PCIe-based SSD is a beast all in itself, packed with eight SF-2281 controllers in a RAID 0 configuration and mounted on a PCIe x8 card. However, this particular demo utilized several Z-Drive R4 88s to reach the record IOPS.

"We have been working closely with OCZ to create a ready to deploy server solution with both exceptional performance and reliability, all within a compact and energy efficient footprint," said Gautam Shah, President and CEO of Colfax International. "OCZ's Z-Drive PCIe SSDs add considerable performance and we are thrilled to achieve this significant 4K Write IOPS benchmark, as well as making this industry leading total solution available to our enterprise clients."

On its own, the Z-Drive R4 88 features reads up to 2.9 GB/s and writes up to 2.7 GB/s. Additional reports reveal that it will also arrive in two flavors: the C Series which lacks polymer capacitors for power loss protection and has less provisioning, and the R Series which will come equipped with sudden power loss protection and extra NAND set aside as a spare area.

"The Z-Drive R4 enables our data center clients to maximize performance in the industry standard 4K file size, and this achievement with Colfax International demonstrates the raw performance benefits and latency reductions that OCZ PCIe SSDs can deliver over multi-terabyte device densities in a single 3U server," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. "We are proud to enable our clients to deliver servers and storage arrays which provide the highest performance, maximum capacity, and lowest latency available to data centers today."

OCZ said that the server demoed during the show will be available for pre-order from Colfax International in multiple built-to-order configurations, and will ship in the coming weeks following the Computex event.

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    Anonymous , June 1, 2011 2:24 AM
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    bavman , June 1, 2011 2:42 AM
    My ssd only gets 50k iops =(

    This would be so fantastic to have though
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    Ironkidz , June 1, 2011 3:06 AM
    The 1st robot to become self aware and exterminate humanity, will be equipped with one of these.
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    mlopinto2k1 , June 1, 2011 3:09 AM
    IronkidzThe 1st robot to become self aware and exterminate humanity, will be equipped with one of these.
    LOL - You made my night! Now I can go to bed in peace!
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    mlopinto2k1 , June 1, 2011 3:11 AM
    One more thing... why can't they make something half the power of this unit in 500GB and 1TB flavors designed for the enthusiast? You know damn well this unit costs mucho dinero.
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    _Pez_ , June 1, 2011 3:13 AM
    someone explain me what are IOPS 4K ???
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    mlopinto2k1 , June 1, 2011 3:16 AM
    Input/Output Operations per Second. 4Kilobyte chunks is the industry standard and it can swap these 1mil and 1.5mil chunks per second.
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    mlopinto2k1 , June 1, 2011 3:21 AM
    OK, don't mean to flood... I re read what I wrote and makes me look foolish. _Pez_ - it can write up to 1 million, 4KB chunks of data per second and 1.5 million when writing. It is excellent for servers because of the amount of data being requested and written from thousands of various points.
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    mlopinto2k1 , June 1, 2011 3:21 AM
    *reading LOL
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    memadmax , June 1, 2011 3:29 AM
    omg, my fish flipped upside down as soon as it saw this thing.
    I drool for it, in fact I'll take at least 10...

    gargle gargle gargle gargle gargle....
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    Leaps-from-Shadows , June 1, 2011 3:49 AM
    I think I need one of these for the Sandy Bridge E system I'm going to build when they become available.
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    mwotton , June 1, 2011 4:17 AM
    mayankleoboy1copied verbatim from anandtech

    Maybe that's because it's a press release they've both reprinted?
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    tacoslave , June 1, 2011 5:21 AM
    i would pay 500 bucks for a 500gb version but thats not going to happen :( 
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    alidan , June 1, 2011 5:33 AM
    this will cost between 10800 and 36000 and its possible this could go down to 7200$ as the bigger a ssd gets the cheaper it gets too. i think the shere amount of ssd storage out weighs the fact its a pcie card ssd, so you probably also wont see the price hike associated with it.

    i dont believe the consumer side will see this for quite a long time, at least not withing the next 4-5 years space or speed wise. so it could be a good investment
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    fancarolina , June 1, 2011 7:49 AM
    TheCapuletNope, just checked the press release. Not the same. Keep in mind, this is Kevin Parrish's article we're talking about.In fact... his plagiarism is better for everyone who reads TH articles. It means that it was more than likely written by a real journalist rather than a second rate blogger.

    The articles on this site have become pathetic full of blatant spelling and grammatical errors. You’d think that effective journalism and good reporting would be a priority. How about you just fire these sad losers who cannot proofread their work and reprint others stories and hire some of us fans who would actually review the hardware and enjoy it.
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    soundping , June 1, 2011 8:01 AM
    If you sell one of kidneys you may be able to buy one of these.
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    JackFrost860 , June 1, 2011 8:43 AM
    What they don't tell you is the reliability of SSDs. I assumed an SDD was as reliable as a HDD… I was wrong!
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    JackFrost860 , June 1, 2011 8:47 AM
    _Pez_someone explain me what are IOPS 4K ???

    Input Output operations Per Second where each IO is a 4096byte block of data.
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    climber , June 1, 2011 11:27 AM
    Fusion-IOs best offering has better specs in terms of performance and storage capacity, but it uses PCI-E x16 2.0, but it costs $100K
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    flyordie , June 1, 2011 1:05 PM
    BRB waiting 5 years till I can afford one.
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