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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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By Inkjammer on 5/20/2009 11:10:56 AM , Rating: 2
Figures they'd come out with this. I just upgraded to 3X OCZ Vertex 60GB drives no less than two weeks ago (based on the Anandtech review!). Oh well. I'm in no way dissatisfied with my performance. The OCZ Vertex drives pump some serious bandwidth... and no stuttering. <3

RE: D'oh!
By SublimeSimplicity on 5/20/2009 11:18:15 AM , Rating: 5
Don't kick yourself. Who could have possibly foreseen better, faster, cheaper, SDDs coming out?

RE: D'oh!
By Inkjammer on 5/20/09, Rating: 0
RE: D'oh!
By relztes on 5/20/2009 12:42:32 PM , Rating: 3
I think the Anandtech review said the Vertex drive was much better than the Summit drive, at least in terms of random writes. I don't think you made a bad choice. I'm pretty sure the Vertex is the best SSD not made by Intel.

RE: D'oh!
By VaultDweller on 5/20/2009 12:49:51 PM , Rating: 2
Again based on the Anandtech review, the Vertex is better than the Summit. So... you made the right choice.

Given that the Vertex is faster than the Summit, I don't see any way that OCZ can maintain their plan of having the Summit as their high-end drive.

Also, the Summit is just a rebadged Samsung drive, the same as the Corsair P256. Since the P256 is cheaper than the Vertex, it stands to reason that the Summit will have to be as well.

RE: D'oh!
By kattanna on 5/20/2009 12:52:00 PM , Rating: 4
i picked up 2 30GB vertex drives less then 2 weeks ago myself, and am LOVING!!! them.

they are destined to go into my new quad core system in RAID 0, but initial testing within my aging dual core 939 opteron system using just a single drive was more then i expected.

i load extremely fast into games, and once logged into an MMO world, gone are all texture load lagging. I joked that heck.. with the new drive i "almost" didnt need to upgrade my computer. The thing makes my old 73GB raptors feel very..very slow.

im hoping to get my new system up and running using the 2 in RAID 0 on my new system this weekend and see just how well the OS loads and works using these super fast beasts.

money.. VERY WELL spent IMO

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