Super Fast OCZ Z-Drive SSD Shipping

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Regulas
    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.
  • gtjbrown
  • Kabobi

    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.
  • rcpratt
    Unbootable drive is unbootable.
  • gekko668
    Maybe I should take out my student loan and buy this drive. :)P
  • "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
  • When I'm rich...
  • guythepro
    Unbootable drive is unbootable.

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

    I don't know how, but they say it is...
  • Blessedman
    Like any RAID card I imagine the BIOS recognizes it as a bootable device, lol
  • ptroen
    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!