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OCZ's highly anticipated new high-end SSD is targeted at enthusiasts and the enterprise market

OCZ Technology has become a major player in the enthusiast storage market, thanks to their strong Solid State Drive portfolio. The company has been very successful with its Vertex series of SSDs, but strong demand has kept prices high. Competitors like Super Talent have also begun to use the same NAND flash controllers from Indilinx, leading to shortages.

In response, OCZ has been looking for a second source for high-end NAND flash controllers. Samsung is a major supplier of NAND flash memory to OCZ, and has been seeking to broaden its product line by selling NAND controllers and DRAM cache as well. Samsung previously confirmed to DailyTech that they currently have no plans to sell their own PB22-J SSDs to the channel, preferring to sell them to OEMs instead. 

OCZ's new Summit series of SSDs use the same S3C29RBB01 controller as found in the Samsung PB22-J. All models will come with a 128MB DRAM cache, doubling that of the Vertex series. The 250GB and 120GB models have a maximum read speed of 220MB/s and a maximum write speeds of 200MB/s. However, sustained writes can achieve 200MB/s; double that of the Vertex series using MLC chips. The 60GB model has the same read speed, but only 125MB/s max write. Random read and write speeds were not available.

The company will compete against Intel in the enterprise market with the Summit series and the new Vertex EX series, which uses faster SLC memory. Retail availability of the Summit series is expected later this week. Pricing information has not yet been disclosed.

OCZ, however, is not the first partner to use Samsung's new controller. Corsair launched and shipped its P256 drive last week. It uses the same S3C29RBB01 NAND controller, but has different firmware.



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Now much?
By melgross on 5/20/2009 10:34:29 AM , Rating: 2
So, what's the pricing?

It sure has to come down more than a bit.




RE: Now much?
By SublimeSimplicity on 5/20/2009 11:03:41 AM , Rating: 2
This has better performance than the vertex which is priced at $800 for the 250GB model. However they have to compete with Corsair who will have a nearly identical produce out for $700. My guess is that the 250GB will be priced at $700, $650 at the lowest.


RE: Now much?
By erple2 on 5/20/2009 3:59:22 PM , Rating: 3
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This has better performance than the vertex


Source please. Every (proper) review I've seen shows that the Vertex is, in fact, faster. Now, I'm looking at random read/write performance, as the sequential read/write performance isn't nearly as useful to a drive of such "small" capacity.


RE: Now much?
By sdsdv10 on 5/20/2009 9:51:45 PM , Rating: 2
I sure hope so, that's what I'm waiting for!
A little better $/GB and I'm all over these!


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