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OCZ looks to Samsung for its latest solid-state drives

Earlier this week, DailyTech reported that Intel is hard at work on its next generation SATA II solid-state disks (SSDs). Intel's Troy Winslow said in a CNET interview that the next generation 80GB and 160GB multi-level cell (MLC) SSDs would most definitely be faster than offerings currently sampling from Samsung.

Winslow was referring to Samsung's recently announced 128GB SATA II SSDs which will begin shipping to customers during Q2. The drives use MLC NAND technology and offer read/write speeds of 100MB/sec and 70MB/sec respectively.

OCZ Technology is looking to throw its hat into the ring with an ultra-fast SATA II drive of its own. Customers looking for high-speed SSDs in 32GB and 64GB capacities will be happy to know that OCZ's new drives will offer read speeds of 120MB/sec and write speeds of 100MB/sec thanks to speedier single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash.

OCZ's drives look remarkably similar to Samsung's SSD flash drives and the read/write speeds match up perfectly with Samsung's 64GB SATA II SSD. Suffice to say, OCZ sources its latest SSDs from Samsung.

"There are many benefits of solid state drive technology over traditional disk drives including superior speed, reliability, and power savings," said OCZ Technology Executive Vice President Alex Mei. "Our newest SATA II drives are designed to further extend the advantages of this technology offering enhanced performance for high-end mobile solutions."

While the OCZ SSDs may be nothing more than Samsung units with its name slapped onto the front, OCZ's offering will have a significant advantage: retail availability. Samsung's 64GB SATA II drives are hard to come by on the retail market unless you purchase a notebook that already has one installed. OCZ's drive, on the other hand, will be available from a number of online retailers.

OCZ claims the MSRP for the 32GB and 64GB drives are $599 and $1099, respectively. The drives will start appearing at retailers like Newegg in the coming weeks. 

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By Tsuwamono on 3/12/2008 9:57:00 PM , Rating: 2
nobody manufactures anything. most things are built by companies like SCI, Flextronics, Positron, etc. companies like OCZ, Toshiba, etc. rarely put together their own stuff except for the putting the board into the case part. But as for manufacturing of the boards.. nope.

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By VoxAtari on 3/12/2008 11:10:09 PM , Rating: 6
Wow. Imagine the speed of these in RAID!!

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By KristopherKubicki on 3/12/2008 11:18:37 PM , Rating: 2
Six for you :)

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By daftrok on 3/13/2008 1:55:57 AM , Rating: 1
You have the highest rating average anyone can get: 6! You are number 1!

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By Zelphar on 3/13/2008 2:34:55 AM , Rating: 5
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By therealnickdanger on 3/13/2008 7:32:52 AM , Rating: 2
Great link! That's really impressive - albeit completely expensive. Sustained reads of 800MB/s... yum!

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By kattanna on 3/13/2008 11:28:57 AM , Rating: 2
yeah.. while out of my price range, my inner geek is smiling that at least things like this are finally happening and its not just talk anymore.

the prices will come down, they ALWAYS do.

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By toonces on 3/13/2008 2:40:52 AM , Rating: 2
Imagine? how about 9x16GB Mtron Pro's in a RAID-0 array!

Our limitation is once again a capped out controller processor. This time it is the high end and enterprise praised IOP341. With an uncapped controller we should theoretically be at 1100 MB/s sustained read right now which would un-cork an additional 300 MB/s out of our current setup. The article will have to suffice with only 830 MB/s sustained read. :)

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By ninjit on 3/13/2008 3:19:51 AM , Rating: 4
Wow. Imagine the speed of these in RAID!!

I'm guessing that's a quote from something or some other website...

Can someone elaborate?
I'm not very good at keeping up with internet gossip.

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By wushuktl on 3/13/2008 8:24:27 AM , Rating: 3
haha i'm glad someone spoke up because i don't get it either and normally i wouldn't care but it was enough to get him/her a 6

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By kkwst2 on 3/13/2008 11:52:46 AM , Rating: 2
AFAIK it's a version of an old Slashdot gag. Anything new and fast, people would say "Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these" or "Imagine x of these in RAID".

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