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Super Fast OCZ Z-Drive SSD Shipping

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 46 comments

Coming soon... in exchange for your arm and leg.

We've been hearing about OCZ's PCI-Express solid state drive that is exceptionally fast for quite some time now--and now they're finally shipping.

The OCZ Z-Drive outpaces all other standard SATA SSDs by using a couple of tricks: it uses the PCI-E architecture instead of SATA and creates an internal four-way RAID 0 configuration.

"The new OCZ Z-Drive is an all-in-one high performance plug-and-play bootable PCI-E solid state drive that addresses these challenges head on, and meets the demands of the complete range of enterprise storage and data access requirements," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group. "The Z-Drive is designed not only to be higher performing and more reliable than conventional solutions, but also to significantly reduce both the maintenance and overall TCO for our clients."

The Z-Drive is available in multi-level cell (MLC) and single-level cell (SLC) models in 256 GB, 512 GB capacities. A 1 TB model is also available for the p84 only.

The MLC-based p84 features a max write of 650 MB/s, a max read of 750 MB/s, while the faster SLC e84 has a max write of 750 MB/s and max read of 800 MB/s.

As for pricing, we're looking at the four-digit range. The 256 GB model will run you around $1500, making the $3300 price for the 1 TB model seem like an alright bargain.

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    guythepro , September 18, 2009 2:49 AM
    Quote:
    Unbootable drive is unbootable.


    "plug-and-play bootable PCI-E solid state drive"

    I don't know how, but they say it is...
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    Kabobi , September 18, 2009 12:46 AM
    Wait.

    I need 2 in RAID-0. So I have to give away both arms and legs?

    Then how am i supposed to use it?

    pppshhh. OCZ really need to consider their bartering criteria before releasing products.
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    gtjbrown , September 18, 2009 12:44 AM
    Bootable?
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    Regulas , September 18, 2009 12:44 AM
    Have they figured out how to end the bad MTBF, mean time between failures of SSD drives. Last time I read up on them they had a software/controller solution to the memory banks to evenly distribute data so they don't wear out as quick.
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    gtjbrown , September 18, 2009 12:44 AM
    Bootable?
  • 14 Hide
    Kabobi , September 18, 2009 12:46 AM
    Wait.

    I need 2 in RAID-0. So I have to give away both arms and legs?

    Then how am i supposed to use it?

    pppshhh. OCZ really need to consider their bartering criteria before releasing products.
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    gekko668 , September 18, 2009 1:56 AM
    Maybe I should take out my student loan and buy this drive. :) P
  • 4 Hide
    Anonymous , September 18, 2009 2:05 AM
    "OCZ Z-Drives!

    Sell your soul now!

    Move to hell later!"

    No really these are the Ferraris of internal storage :) 

    Instead of buying a SUPERCOMPUTER i would just buy one of these and spend all day looking at it lol
  • 9 Hide
    Anonymous , September 18, 2009 2:42 AM
    When I'm rich...
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    guythepro , September 18, 2009 2:49 AM
    Quote:
    Unbootable drive is unbootable.


    "plug-and-play bootable PCI-E solid state drive"

    I don't know how, but they say it is...
  • 5 Hide
    Blessedman , September 18, 2009 2:57 AM
    Like any RAID card I imagine the BIOS recognizes it as a bootable device, lol
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    ptroen , September 18, 2009 3:13 AM
    Just think with these drives in 5 years P.C's will boot up 1 TB faster then those old game console ROM cartridges and cost very little! Let's also hope that Windows doesn't bloat to 1TB!
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    rcpratt , September 18, 2009 3:22 AM
    guythepro"plug-and-play bootable PCI-E solid state drive"I don't know how, but they say it is...

    They ninja-edited that in. And yeah, I'd like to hear how.
  • 7 Hide
    subox247 , September 18, 2009 3:27 AM
    you boot from it by selecting it in the bios as a bootable device like hard drive etc. its not rocket science!You boot into pci-e raid cards the same way
  • 6 Hide
    Hellbound , September 18, 2009 4:00 AM
    How much does a kidney go for on craigslist?.... Cause thats the only way I'll be able to afford one of these....
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    El_Capitan , September 18, 2009 4:05 AM
    I can see it now... "I bought 2 of these for a RAID 0, OS wouldn't boot. RMA'd and had to pay $200 for shipping that included insurance and a 15% restocking fee. I'll never buy from TigerDirect and an OCZ product again!"
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    duckmanx88 , September 18, 2009 4:36 AM
    El_CapitanI can see it now... "I bought 2 of these for a RAID 0, OS wouldn't boot. RMA'd and had to pay $200 for shipping that included insurance and a 15% restocking fee. I'll never buy from TigerDirect and an OCZ product again!"


    sucks to be you.
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    enyceckk101 , September 18, 2009 5:02 AM
    damn crazy speed ! and yet crazy price !
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    magicandy , September 18, 2009 5:49 AM
    This is an instant must-have for any gaming enthusiast for whom money is no object (or one who games as a main hobby with a normal paying job that doesn't mind spending oodles on their computer since it's all they do, like myself). The thought actually went through my head to take a small loan out for the 1 TB. I mean yeah I'd be paying for it for the next year, but think of how long that amount of space will last you with THAT much speed. Damn. Even though it's still too expensive for the average "takes a few paychecks" upgrade, it's the first 1 TB superspeed SSD that has really got me to think about a major splurge that I might consider worth it.
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    void5 , September 18, 2009 6:49 AM
    Why would you need such high-performance storage in a desktop, especially at such ridiculous price? To boot Windows in several seconds? You do not even need SSD to do this, just right software - try Boot Cooler (www.bootcooler.com), it is still in beta but it does its job well (please read documentation beforehand if you want to use it on 64-bit Vista/Win7). And it is free.
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    hellario , September 18, 2009 6:51 AM
    I'll be picking one of those up... in 2015! I just got my 1st SSD and it's awesome, even if tiny, but I'd splurge on an i7 975 + Samsung Spinponit F3 1TB + OCZ Vertex Turbo 120GB (same price) before buying a 1TB of these.
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    mr00000 , September 18, 2009 9:03 AM
    "This is an instant must-have for any gaming enthusiast for whom money is no object (or one who games as a main hobby with a normal paying job that doesn't mind spending oodles on their computer since it's all they do, like myself)."

    Yeah, cause that helps your FPS, right? LMAO. Gamers don't need crazy SSDs unless they're cool with spending thousands of dollars to launch their games faster. Drives like this do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for your in-game performance.
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