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New SSD promises performance on a budget

Toshiba announced today that it had completed its acquisition of OCZ. OCZ filed for bankruptcy late last year and Toshiba stepped up to make the purchase. Toshiba now owns all the assets of OCZ Technology Group and has made it a wholly owned subsidiary.
Toshiba says that OCZ will continue to operate independently as OCZ Storage Solutions.
“The acquisition of OCZ further expands our solid-state storage capabilities and represents Toshiba’s commitment to this high-growth area,” said Mr. Seiichi Mori, Vice President of Toshiba's Semiconductor and Storage Company and Corporate Vice President of Toshiba. “Our goal is to offer a leading edge portfolio of solid state solutions to address the storage challenges faced by both client and enterprise customers, and the acquisition of OCZ is an ideal addition to our team in realizing this strategy.”

Following the acquisition announcement, Toshiba and OCZ wasted no time in trotting out a new storage product. OCZ announced the new Vertex 460 which uses 19nm Toshiba MLC NAND. The device focuses on performance on a budget according to OCZ.
The SSD promises up to 545 MB/s sequential reads and up to 525 MB/s sequential writes. The Vertex 460 also has 4K random read performance of 95000 IOPS. Random 4K write IOPS are up to 90000 with 4K sustained random write performance of up to 23000 IOPS. The new SSD also uses the proprietary Barefoot 3 M10 controller that supports AES-256 encryption and more.
The Vertex 460 is available in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities.

Source: Financial Post

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By JBird7986 on 1/22/2014 10:32:28 AM , Rating: 2
Still no mention of OCZ's PSU unit and the warranties for those. I suppose Toshiba didn't pick up that part of the business and I'm now out of luck as an owner of a seven-month old 1000W unit. <sarcasm>How wonderful.</sarcasm>

By ipay on 1/22/2014 10:48:40 AM , Rating: 2
Failed hardware should be seen as an exciting opportunity to upgrade.

By retrospooty on 1/22/2014 10:59:23 AM , Rating: 2
Relax, legally they have to honor any and all warranties by either repair or replacement with an equal or better part.

By CaedenV on 1/22/2014 1:37:51 PM , Rating: 1
The real question is why buys a 1000W OCz PSU? I mean, I use an OCz in my rig, but because it was cheap and because I don't need a whole lot of power. If you are forking over the money for a 1kW PSU, then pay the extra few $$ for quality!

By SAN-Man on 1/22/2014 6:49:17 PM , Rating: 2
OCZ purchased PC Power and Cooling, a well respect and highly regarded power supply manufacturer. Lots of people continued to buy these after OCZ's acquisition.

That's why.

OCZ was a terrible company and I am glad they failed.

By purerice on 1/24/2014 1:58:41 PM , Rating: 2
OCZ was generally good for a while but then inexplicably quality went way downhill in a lot of their products. They are a case study in quality control lapse, though. A lot of companies including US auto manufacturers fall into that trap. They build something great that is also profitable but then to make it more profitable they replace more and more greatness with mediocrity and hope nobody notices.

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By bah12 on 1/22/2014 10:58:56 AM , Rating: 2
FYI it seems DT's rss feed is missing, or it could be a problem with Feedly, but it isn't show new articles since 1/17.

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By retrospooty on 1/22/2014 11:04:03 AM , Rating: 2
That happens to me every once in a while - with DT only, no other sites. You have to delete it and re-add it. I just did and it fixed it.

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By bah12 on 1/22/2014 11:38:00 AM , Rating: 2
Yah I tried that, twice today. No luck. And yes it seems to be a DT issue all my other feeds are fine. My guess is that they want to drive traffic to their home

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By bah12 on 1/22/2014 11:39:10 AM , Rating: 2
Looks like it finally refreshed. Oh well, but still sad a tech site has feed issues.

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Mine was out for several days also. Deleting and adding didn't work. It is finally working again today. Shame there is no place on the site to report it.

They need to ditch the OCz brand
By CaedenV on 1/22/2014 1:40:55 PM , Rating: 2
OCz has a pretty good name in my household, but entirely because we have been lucky, and I know that the brand does not hold a whole lot of water elsewhere. Taking the tech and moving it under a Toshiba name brand would probably be better for sales overall.

With Tosh now owning them does it mean we will finally see more OEM SSDs in the wild? SSD is the #1 upgrade for any laptop or budget computer, and I have been surprised that we have not seen much in the way of cheap SSDs entering this space.

RE: They need to ditch the OCz brand
By Gungel on 1/22/2014 5:32:23 PM , Rating: 2
Same here, I never had any real issues with OCZ drives. I started using them when they came out with the Vertex years ago and still use them for all the custom builds. Over the years I must have bought at least 3 dozen drives from them and only one, a Vertex Plus died so far. OCZ replaced it under warranty. I think user errors like defragging, bad SATA drivers, running indexing services in Windows etc. are responsible for a lot of bad drives.

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