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OCZ Beefs Up Solid State Drive Portfolio

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Z-Drive R3 and Vertex 3 Pro top long list of new parts.

OCZ brought several new drives to CES, including the half-height PCIe x8 based Z-Drive R3

The real star of OCZ’s display was an experimental  4-way RAID model.  Designed to fit a single (half-height) 5.25” bay, added parallelism boosts its maximum transfer rate to 1800 MB/s.  OCZ is testing the waters with this design and has not yet decided to produce it.

If the rest of the market can “put up” with “only” 550 MB/s, OCZ might flood that portion with its Vertex 3 Pro. Capacities of up to 512GB will be available in this-year’s release, but OCZ has not announced a “firm” date.

OCZ also wanted everyone to know that several of its most recent power supplies were 80-plus silver rated, with the brand-new PC Power & Cooling Silencer 760W and 910W displayed most proudly.

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    g00fysmiley , January 10, 2011 4:09 PM
    wonder when johhny guru will get ahold of one of those ocz's to see if they really are 80plus silver :D 
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    woshitudou , January 10, 2011 4:10 PM
    So thats why all the Vertex 2's were on sale
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    misry , January 10, 2011 4:11 PM
    OCZ makes unparalleled products! And if they need someone to Beta the IBIS XL all they have to do is ask... ;) 
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    tsnorquist , January 10, 2011 4:17 PM
    If they could only work on getting that price point down to $1/GB.
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    ares1214 , January 10, 2011 5:33 PM
    Ah, about time...these SSD's are really dropping in price. 1 year ago, only 32 gigs were priced reasonably. 6 months ago, 64 gigs were starting to be priced reasonably. Now, 100-128 gigs are priced reasonably well. Who knows, 6 months from now, we could be seeing 256 gig SSD for $200-300, otherwise know as $1/GB. But the speed is impressive.
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    razercultmember1 , January 10, 2011 6:28 PM
    Only until 500 gigabytes costs $100 will i bite the bullet :\ long time i know :p 
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    gsxr1181 , January 10, 2011 6:52 PM
    Man if the price was right, I'd buy one. But it will be over 5 years before it becomes affordable. :( 
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    Anonymous , January 10, 2011 7:08 PM
    Too bad the quality of their RAM is going down the drain while this happens
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    Crashman , January 10, 2011 8:24 PM
    memorysucksToo bad the quality of their RAM is going down the drain while this happens
    I've had issues with OCZ Gold series for years...I haven't seen any degradation of OCZ's higher models but I'd like to hear your thoughts!
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    christop , January 10, 2011 9:18 PM
    Revo is sweet but damn the price...
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    pfdman , January 10, 2011 10:00 PM
    According to OCZ's earnings press release that came out this afternoon they will be getting entirely out of the RAM market.

    "In August 2010, the Company announced a strategic optimization of its memory products whereby it discontinued certain unprofitable commodity memory module products with the intent to continue only with certain high-performance memory products. However, since that time, there has been well-chronicled, continued weakness in the global DRAM markets.

    Having balanced this DRAM market weakness against the capital needs of the Company's growing SSD products, the board has determined that it is in the best interests of the stockholders to accelerate plans to discontinue its remaining DRAM module products by the end of its current fiscal year of February 28, 2011. Accordingly, our DRAM products are now expected to have minimal, if any, sales in the next fiscal year and beyond."
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    razor512 , January 11, 2011 7:55 AM
    I have seen many faster ssd's that use pci-e

    the problem is they charge crazy prices.

    Instead of making drives that no one can afford, why not work on making a SSD that doesn't require trim support.
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    stingstang , January 11, 2011 9:16 AM
    pfdmanAccording to OCZ's earnings press release that came out this afternoon they will be getting entirely out of the RAM market."In August 2010, the Company announced a strategic optimization of its memory products whereby it discontinued certain unprofitable commodity memory module products with the intent to continue only with certain high-performance memory products. However, since that time, there has been well-chronicled, continued weakness in the global DRAM markets.Having balanced this DRAM market weakness against the capital needs of the Company's growing SSD products, the board has determined that it is in the best interests of the stockholders to accelerate plans to discontinue its remaining DRAM module products by the end of its current fiscal year of February 28, 2011. Accordingly, our DRAM products are now expected to have minimal, if any, sales in the next fiscal year and beyond."

    They may come back with DDR4. Just because they are discontinuing all current modules, they could still be researching new ones. I know I love my OCZ DDR2 water-cooled RAM to death.
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    pinkfloydminnesota , January 11, 2011 2:15 PM
    Why is the industry holding off on Sata III ssd's? Why won't Toms let us know? Is the interface too expensive? Or is the oppty to sell the same sdd twice (once with each interface) driving the industry?
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    buzznut , January 11, 2011 5:06 PM
    pinkfloydminnesotaWhy is the industry holding off on Sata III ssd's? Why won't Toms let us know? Is the interface too expensive? Or is the oppty to sell the same sdd twice (once with each interface) driving the industry?

    Good questions. Slow adoption may have to do with current SSD's not being able to utilize that pipeline, or it could be simply growing pains such as USB 3.0 is experiencing. Many of the reviews I've read for USB 3.0 devices suggests they are not ready for primetime, they seem rushed to market and glitchy.