Before NVMe and PCIe SSDs became as well known as they are today, SSD manufacturers had to find creative ways to bypass the limitations of the SATA bus for customers looking for more performance than was possible on SATA. Among the companies spearheading the PCIe SSD market was OCZ with their RevoDrive PCIe line of SSDs. While they were able to provide performance far exceeding what’s possible via the SATA interface, the first RevoDrive SSDs which were Frankensteined creations built with multiple SandForce controllers and custom OCZ virtualization chips that made everything extremely expensive and very cumbersome.
Since then, we’ve [...]
OCZ has just announced its budget-oriented Trion 150 SSDs designed to give old PCs a boost in performance without breaking the bank.
As an update to the Trion 100, the Trion 150 continues its budget friendly legacy by offering consumers more storage for their money. Depending on capacity, the cost per gigabyte can be as low as $0.28/GB.
Since OCZ is a subsidiary of Toshiba, it’s not surprising to see that the Trion 150 leverages Toshiba’s in-house controller and 15nm TLC NAND. The drive comes in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities. The higher capacity drivers has more over-provisioned NAND, leading to higher endurance ratings. At its peak, the [...]
At FMS 2015, OCZ showcased both their Z-Drive 6000 Series SSDs. OCZ also revealed their latest Z-Drive 6000 PCIe Gen 3 x4 NVMe Dual-Port SSD for enterprise and data centers.Manufacturer OCZ OCZ OCZ Model Z-Drive 6000 SFF Z-Drive 6300 SFF Z-Drive 6300 AIC Form-Factor SAS 2.5″ SFF SAS 2.5″ SFF HHHL Controller PMC-Sierra Princeton PMC-Sierra Princeton PMC-Sierra Princeton NAND Toshiba A19nm MLC Toshiba A19nm eMLC Toshiba A19nm eMLC Capacity 800GB/1600GB/3200GB 800GB/1600GB/3200GB 800GB/1600GB/3200GB/ 8TB (Coming Soon) Sequential Read Up to 2900MB/s Up to 2900MB/s Up to 2900MB/s Sequential Write Up to 1900MB/s Up to 1400MB/s Up to 1400MB/s 4K [...]
When we look at the SSD market today, there’s two distinct group of consumers. On one hand are the enthusiasts who are willing to pay for the highest performance drives ever produced. These are the guys looking into high end SATA and PCIe drives, but aren’t really a huge part of the total consumer SSD market. On the other hand is the bulk of the SSD market which is filled with entry level and mainstream consumers who just want a cost effective product that can give them a SSD user experience. These are the guys looking for the most cost effective solution possible as most of their time spent on a computer simply revolves around starting up a computer, [...]
Visiting the OCZ booth earlier today, we greeted to news of the upcoming Trion 100 and the Z-Drive 6300, but another upcoming product that caught our eye is a secret new RevoDrive M.2 drive that wasn’t on public display.
Not much detailed information was shared about the new drive, but we can see that it uses an in-house Toshiba controller. We were told that the controller will support PCIe Gen 3 x4 as well as NVMe. This should translate to performance ~2GB/s+ range. When we inquired as to why the upcoming JetExpress controller wasn’t used here, we were told that the costs for that controller is still a bit too high for client drives.
Price, capacity [...]
OCZ’s biggest product announcement at Computex 2015 is the Trion 100 series SSD, which is squarely designed for the cost conscious mainstream consumer. To achieve this, the Trion 100 leverages not only Toshiba’s A19nm TLC, but also an all new Toshiba Alishan controller.
We thought it was strange that OCZ would still use A19nm with 15nm on the horizon, but we were told that A19nm is a more mature, more well understood process than 15nm which is why A19nm was used. Future iterations of the drive will certainly see a shift to 15nm. As for the controller, we weren’t told much about it other than the fact that we’ll be seeing more [...]
CES 2015 was a pretty big show for the entire storage industry as a whole and OCZ in particular had a strong showing this year with the unveil of their highly anticipated JetExpress controller. Along with JetExpress, OCZ was also proud to say that they’re now putting the final touches on their integration with Toshiba which includes converting their entire SSD lineup to utilize Toshiba’s latest A19nm Toggle Mode MLC NAND.
Although OCZ’s Vector series drives have been using Toshiba first generation 19nm Toggle Mode MLC since the Vector 150 was launched in late 2013, it’s now finally being replaced with the OCZ Vector 180 [...]
While OCZ’s biggest focus for CES 2015 was their upcoming JetExpress SSD controller, OCZ also took the opportunity to talk to us about their new OCZ Vector 180 consumer SSD and the OCZ Z-Drive 6000 enterprise SSD.
The OCZ Vector 180 will be OCZ’s latest flagship consumer SATA SSD which will replace the aging Vector 150 introduced back in late 2013. Component wise, OCZ is still sticking with the Barefoot 3 M00 controller, but it’ll now use Toshiba’s latest second generation 19nm (A19nm) toggle mode NAND. No surprises there. Performance on the drive is rated at up to 550/530 MB/s sequential reads/writes and 100K/95K IOPS 4K random [...]
Without a doubt, CES 2015 has been a huge show for SSD companies as practically everybody had something interesting to show. One of those companies is OCZ Storage Solutions who was quite excited to reveal their upcoming JetExpress SSD controller, which according to the company had been in the works for several years.
The biggest feature for the new JetExpress controller is that it’s going to be very versatile. With a physical footprint that can fit into a 22mm wide M.2 form factor, the JetExpress controller will natively support both PCIe Gen 3 x4 and SATA along with AHCI and NVMe. This will allow both future consumer and enterprise SATA and PCIe SSDs to utilize [...]
A couple years ago, AMD made an interesting move to expand their Radeon line of products to not only contain graphics cards, but memory modules as well. This made a lot of sense for AMD at the time as licensing their brand name brought in additional profit and having branded memory line helps consumers easily pick out the best memory for their AMD systems. Given that AMD doesn’t actually have a memory business, AMD decided to partner with Patriot Memory to produce specially validated AMD Radeon Memory, which would offer AMD system builders guaranteed compatibility with their systems.
Of course, there are a number of pieces that go into a great gaming PC, and as [...]
Over the past year or so, it’s been no secret that OCZ has had a bit of a rough time in the market, but with the sale of their company to Toshiba late last year, OCZ has quickly been turning themselves around with several new product introductions to complete their transition from the old OCZ Technology Group to the new OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba Group Company.
As a part of their transition, OCZ has been revamping their entire product stack to utilize parent company Toshiba’s NAND. By doing so, this will not only allow OCZ to put top quality NAND in their SSDs, but also provides OCZ with better cost [...]
Without a doubt, OCZ’s RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD is fast. Designed for workstation and entry level enterprise, each RevoDrive 350 is capable of sequential read/write performance up to 1,800MB/s and random 4K read/write performance up to 140,000 IOPS.
While that’s quite a respectable level of performance on its own, what OCZ really wants to show you is what you get when you put two RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSDs in a software RAID 0 configuration.
In order to test the performance of the RevoDrive 350 480GB in RAID 0, OCZ ran some benchmarks on the drives. Most interesting is the results from ATTO Disk Benchmark which yielded maximum read/write [...]