OCZ Z-Drive R3

OCZ also demonstrated the new Z-Drive R3, a PCIe SSD with four SF-1500 controllers behind a Marvell RAID controller. The end result is the performance of four SandForce SSDs in RAID-0 on a single half-height PCIe card:

OCZ ran a quick run of ATTO on the Z-Drive R3 at the show, showing peak reads/writes of 1GB/s.

New 3.5” Chassis

OCZ also demonstrated a new, slimmer chassis for its 3.5” SSDs like the Vertex 2 and Agility 2:


On the other end of the spectrum, OCZ presented an even bigger (physically) drive: the IBIS XL. Now this isn’t going to be productized, but it’s simply something to test the waters with. The IBIS XL fits into a standard 5.25” drive by and starts at 4TB. 

Speaking of IBIS, OCZ plans to bring an optical version of the IBIS’ HSDL interface to the market. OCZ didn’t have a live demo of optical HSDL, but here’s a shot of an optical HSDL card:

Unfortunately OCZ has yet to convince any motherboard makers to implement HSDL ports on boards, so at this point the standard continues to be quite limited.

OCZ's Vertex 3 Pro


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  • juhatus - Thursday, January 6, 2011 - link

    of course you can.

    Requires you to goto all the way to bios thou.. think server's all booting from the of pcie-cards as long as there's been pcie.
  • vol7ron - Thursday, January 6, 2011 - link

    Let's stop using the word/acronym "BIOS" and start using the term "UEFI" :) Reply
  • UNHchabo - Thursday, January 6, 2011 - link

    There's a problem with that though: phonetics.

    It's easy to say BIOS: buy-ose. How are you supposed to pronounce "UEFI"?

    I suppose "you-fee" may work, but that "E" complicates things. Maybe we could try ü-fee?
  • Spivonious - Thursday, January 6, 2011 - link

    Ha, I like üfee. Best spoken with an Ahnold voice. Reply
  • Taft12 - Thursday, January 6, 2011 - link

    Not a very good option on S1156. Fail chipset from Intel FTL :( Reply
  • IanWorthington - Thursday, January 6, 2011 - link

    I assume that 1GB/s is sequential i/o? Would love to see the 4kb random speed. Reply
  • ajp_anton - Thursday, January 6, 2011 - link

    It's all there in the graph. 4kB is about 200MB/s both directions. Reply
  • ZippoMan - Thursday, January 6, 2011 - link

    Really? Q2? Damn. It will be interesting to see the C400/M4 face off with the Vertex 3. Reply
  • cactusdog - Thursday, January 6, 2011 - link

    The C400 is crapola. Comes no where near the vertex3 Reply
  • vol7ron - Thursday, January 6, 2011 - link

    Remember the V3 is using an enterprise SSD controller. More expensioso Reply

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