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OCZ supercharges SSDs with Z-Drive: 1TB capacity and 800MB/s read speed

by Tarinder Sandhu on 4 March 2009, 18:02

Tags: OCZ Hard Drives, OCZ (NASDAQ:OCZ)

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The folks over at OCZ aren't known for their conservative approach to trade shows, and CEBIT 2009 was no different.

Other memory manufacturers are content to show DDR3-2,000MHz RAM and call it a day, but not OCZ.


The graphics-card-like box in the middle may look like a GeForce GTX 295 but is, in fact, a 1TB SSD drive made up of four 256GB drives in an RAID0 formation, helped by a hardware-based controller in the white box.


Dubbed Z-Drive and connected to the system via a PCIe x16 slot - run at x8 electrically - the SSD is a prototype of things to come. We know it won't be productised anytime soon, well not in this configuration, but it shows what can be done with a little experimentation.

RAIDing SSDs isn't anything new, because OCZ's current Apex does that in a standard 2.5in form factor, but take four faster-performing drives, such as the Vertex and Summit, and the results are impressive from a pure speed point of view.


Reading at around 700MB/s and writing at 500MB/s, the goliath isn't much faster than a well-tuned, multi-drive (mechanical) setup, but it's just cool.

Stick it in a much smaller form factor, reduce cost, and it may well become compelling hardware for the well-heeled enthusiast. Until then, it's a science experiment that draws the crowds.

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I like that. Sure, it hogs up a GPU slot, but a creative system builder could include a slim optical drive and completely chop off the front 6/7 inches of the case, where the drive bays usually reside.
Reading at around 700MB/s and writing at 500MB/s, the goliath isn't much faster than a well-tuned, multi-drive (mechanical) setup

Where do you get your drives from? I'd love some :)
"multi" is ambiguous though
mmm....dunno why but that's just so sexeh :drool:
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Where do you get your drives from? I'd love some :)


6 Samsung Spinpoint F1's in RAID0 (with a decent RAID controller) will beat that.
SAS drives with a decent RAID controller will also easily beat that.
Of course the kind of computers that post that kind of disk performance also tend to take a good 2 minutes to POST and another 2 minutes plus to be usable so it's all relative.