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Shots of OCZ's Z-Drive PCI-Express SSD

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 63 comments

600 MB/sec. sustained write. Wow.

As fast as SSDs are, we're still craving for things even faster. OCZ's Z-Drive wants to crank things up using the PCI-Express bus, and now we have early photos of what this turbo-storage will look like (when it's not sitting inside a desktop case).

This amazing drive will come in capacities of 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB. The bigger the drive, the faster the performance, with the 1 TB drive capable of a read speed of 878 MB/sec. and a write of 781 MB/sec.

No pricing yet, but if you have to ask…

Image courtesy of Hot Hardware.

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    Hellbound , September 3, 2009 6:56 PM
    I wonder if they'll accept wife and kid trade ins......
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    Supertrek32 , September 3, 2009 7:50 PM
    All of the sudden those boards with 6 PCI-E slots make sense....
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    warmon6 , September 3, 2009 6:08 PM
    "878 MB/sec. and a write of 781 MB/sec"

    0.0 man that's fast.
  • 8 Hide
    fonzy , September 3, 2009 6:08 PM
    "read speed of 878 MB/sec. and a write of 781 MB/sec" Amazing but Price....oh the price.
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    cctchristensen , September 3, 2009 6:11 PM
    So what is the pricing?
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    apmyhr , September 3, 2009 6:14 PM
    Are these drives bootable yet?
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    thomaseron , September 3, 2009 6:15 PM
    system-drive anyone? :-P
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    fonzy , September 3, 2009 6:19 PM
    "
    Quote:
    Are these drives bootable yet?
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    Apparently "
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    For use as primary boot drive or data storage
    "



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    dingumf , September 3, 2009 6:20 PM
    Damn loading games in the blink an eye.
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    chovav , September 3, 2009 6:31 PM
    The thing is.. as a consumer, even if this drive will be affordable, you still wouldn't be able to install windows on it.. which definatly makes it less attractive.. especially if you keep in mind that the most "affordable" drive is the only one you might be able to buy.

    What OCZ needs to do is create a SATA3 drive, 3,5" or whatever, which max out the bandwidth.. that will make things interesting...
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    rebel conquest , September 3, 2009 6:46 PM
    If they are boot drives then I'm in :D 
  • 16 Hide
    Hellbound , September 3, 2009 6:56 PM
    I wonder if they'll accept wife and kid trade ins......
  • 5 Hide
    tsiberious , September 3, 2009 6:57 PM
    Now we need a crossfire/sli style connector for multi-card raid.

    oh, and... WANT!!!!!
  • 3 Hide
    chuckdalton , September 3, 2009 6:57 PM
    wow, I will name my first born OCZ
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    ssalim , September 3, 2009 7:02 PM
    That's fast -- now just wait a few decades for it to be affordable.
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    citizenx , September 3, 2009 7:04 PM
    I'll take two!!
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    Anonymous , September 3, 2009 7:08 PM
    I can't wait to get one of these to store my recipies on.
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    Camikazi , September 3, 2009 7:09 PM
    1TB PCI-E SSD, it won't be too expensive maybe 3-4k, another mortgage on the house, and you're all set.
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    grieve , September 3, 2009 7:12 PM
    I like this "No pricing yet, but if you have to ask…"

    We can only imagine, but i bet this is $1000 +

    I'll take two please!
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    grieve , September 3, 2009 7:13 PM
    It be cool if they could have PCI-E card with some type of cable running to the drive which can be mounted in a HDD Slot as usual.
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    itadakimasu , September 3, 2009 7:17 PM
    this looks awesome... too bad it's going to cost an arm and a leg and I'm going to settle for cheaper older technology like cheap sata drives.
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    FlayerSlayer , September 3, 2009 7:17 PM
    So what's the IOPS? Access Time? And more importantly, is it bootable?
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