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OCZ's new top of the line SSDs use Samsung controllers

OCZ Technology is currently one of the top Solid State Drive manufacturers in the world. They have been aggressively developing new SSD products and bringing them to market, and can be credited for driving prices down through mass production and economies of scale.

As the company has never been afraid to experiment, they have tried prototypes with SSD flash controllers from different manufacturers. JMicron controllers are amongst the cheapest, so they go in lower end SSDs such as the Core and Solid series. The mid-range Apex series uses a JMicron RAID controller along with their flash controllers to improve performance. The high-end Vertex series uses a new flash controller from Indilinx that utilizes 64MB of cache to improve random read/write performance.

OCZ is currently developing their newest SSD series and will target it at the "premium" market. The Summit series uses a controller and firmware developed by Samsung. It also uses 64MB of cache to improve random read and write performance.

Sequential read speeds are expected around the 250MB/s range, while sequential write speeds are expected to be in excess of 200MB/s. Figures for random read and write speeds are currently unavailable, but those are increasingly becoming looked at by educated consumers as they more accurately represent real-world usage models. The firmware is still being tweaked, so performance numbers have not been finalized.

The design is similar to Samsung's own 256GB SSDs, which are currently available only to OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers). Power consumption for the Summit series should be also comparable, using around 1 watt at load. There will be 30GB, 60GB, 120GB, and 250GB models.

The Summit series is currently targeted for launch around the end of April. Pricing is expected to be moderately above the Vertex series, which has dropped dramatically in price over the last month. The 120GB Vertex model can now be purchased for around $300 with a mail-in rebate.

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RE: Anticipation!
By Djangogvlsc on 3/24/2009 1:29:16 PM , Rating: 2
Did you read that article you linked to or did you just skim it? Re-read page 11 if so.

The slow down of the drive due to nature of the LBA Block setup when deleting to already written to pages is true. But even with that factored in, it's still a good buy. As the sole drive in a laptop it's still a lot more dependable that the mechanical drives. As a storage drive it's still worth it in load times of apps and games.

Plus the fact that you can run the secure wipe utility on it to get all of the performance back, where's the down side? Ok, maybe if it was your boot drive, you wouldn't want to secure wipe it very often. But the fact that it's solid state would make up for the 10% loss in speed. Even if it was then as slow as a normal IDE drive. The loss of data and the cost of recovery on laptop hard drives is astronomical.

RE: Anticipation!
By therealnickdanger on 3/24/2009 2:02:33 PM , Rating: 1
Sweet, for a minute I thought I was the only one who actually read the article... ;-)

For those of you who are on the fence and have money burning a hole in your pocket, I would recommend TRYING a switch to SSD. Whether it's a the G.Skill I bought or a better one, I'm pretty sure you'll absolutely love it. However, you lose NOTHING if you just wait it out. If you have the patience to wait, then you'll probably be even happier 3 months from now.

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