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SSDs come in 64GB to 512GB flavors

Over the last few years OCZ has transformed itself into a serious player in the SSD industry. The company has been so successful that it has vacated some of the other markets that it used to be in like RAM and notebooks.
OCZ has a new SSD that it has announced for its line of storage devices called the Petrol. The SSD uses a 6Gbps SATA interface and comes in a 2.5-inch form factor.
"Until today, SSD adoption has been limited to high performance applications due to the high cost of SSDs in relation to slower rotating discs, and we are proud to once again close the gap in pricing without sacrificing durability," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. "The new Petrol Series showcases the flexibility of the Indilinx Everest platform and NDurance™ Technology, allowing OCZ to deliver the benefits of SSDs to a wide new set of applications while retaining the superior real world performance and reduced latency that separate Everest-based SSDs from our competitors."
The SSD uses the Indilinx Everest SSD processor that is capable of 400MB/s bandwidth and 35,000 IOPS. The chip also gives the SSD advanced features for longevity like proprietary page mapping algorithms. Those allow for a more stable mixed-workload environment. Latency in the SSD is reduced to as low as 0.6ms.
The Petrol line will come in models ranging from 64GB to 512GB. Pricing and availability are unknown at this time. 

Source: OCZ

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By bug77 on 12/14/2011 8:35:15 AM , Rating: 2
Until today, SSD adoption has been limited to high performance applications, blah, blah, blah

Unless these drives are going to be dirt cheap, I will read that as "we couldn't come close to Sandforce, so we're going to slash a few buck off the price, maybe you'll buy these anyway".

RE: Translation
By retrospooty on 12/14/2011 9:42:36 AM , Rating: 5
A cheaper alternative is a good thing. Most people still have SATA2 - 300 systems, and this is a major upgrade over their current HDD's. Even for a new PC, its still a huge improvement over a HDD. A cheaper alternative is a good thing. It also keeps Sandforce on its toes like AMD does to Intel and Mac does to Microsoft. Alternatives make for faster cheaper computers, without it we would all still be Running Vista on our Pentium 4's.

RE: Translation
By bug77 on 12/14/2011 10:14:42 AM , Rating: 2
Neah, these will still cost you $1.5/GB. Not exactly fit for older systems, I think.

RE: Translation
By retrospooty on 12/14/2011 12:37:48 PM , Rating: 2
Core2 at this point is older. My point was these puppies would make any Core2 or 1st gen Core i3,5,7 system hum when compared with the faster SF2200 SSD's it wouldnt matter much at all since those systems are all SATA300.

RE: Translation
By therealnickdanger on 12/15/2011 9:47:10 AM , Rating: 3
My dad put a 64GB Seagate SSD in his old 3.4GHz Pres-hot P4 workstation. "Leaps and bounds" faster than his old Raptor-RAID setup.

RE: Translation
By retrospooty on 12/15/2011 5:45:04 PM , Rating: 2
way to go pops! LOL

RE: Translation
By MrTeal on 12/14/2011 10:21:04 AM , Rating: 2
We'll have to see how expensive they are once they hit the market. MSRP on the 64GB model is $90, which is more than I paid after MIR for an 80GB Intel 320. Knowing OCZ though there probably won't be a product in their lineup without an MIR. If they actually sell for $90, that's what the price is on a 60GB Sandforce SF-2281 based Solid 3 without a rebate at Newegg, with free shipping. Knock $10 off that if you submit the rebate.

enjoy the top
By tastyratz on 12/14/2011 8:38:00 AM , Rating: 2
OCZ might enjoy it's rise in the ssd market, even if it was soiled with a pretty problematic start. I see this as short lived though.

With HP bringing the memristor actually to market, anyone who does not license the technology simply can not compete. They might as well be selling a brand new 486.

Things should REALLY get interesting soon...

RE: enjoy the top
By misbfa1 on 12/14/2011 9:46:23 AM , Rating: 3
You can bet that if HP does that, the phase change memory that Intel has been sitting on for a few years, will suddenly become "viable".

By Silver2k7 on 12/15/2011 6:13:29 AM , Rating: 2
Am I the only one that thinks this is a terrible name for a SSD ?

RE: Name
By Silver2k7 on 12/15/2011 6:23:44 AM , Rating: 1
Am I the only one that thinks Petrol has had its time and the future will be electric ;-)

RE: Name
By retrospooty on 12/15/2011 5:47:19 PM , Rating: 2
Better than crude, sludge or slag. =)

Octane or Petrol
By Gungel on 12/14/2011 11:07:06 AM , Rating: 2
How do they differentiate the Petrol and the Octane? Both drives use the Indilinx Everest and both drives are supposed to be cheaper than Sandforce based units. So far they are not, the Octance 128GB drive is more expensive than the Agility 3 120GB. OCZ really has a marketing problem, they always announce the next cheap drive with comparable performance but it never holds true. For example when they released the Vertex Plus drive which was supposed to be cheaper but sold for more than the Vertex 2 which was a much faster drive and also more reliable. So OCZ whats the deal with the Petrol?

RE: Octane or Petrol
By Gungel on 12/15/2011 9:31:48 AM , Rating: 2
I guess Anand answered the question, the Petrol is using cheaper NAND. But we still have a price issue here. The 120GB Vertex 3 is available for $159.99 at Newegg while the 128GB Octane is $179.99 after MIR. So whats the deal OCZ???

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