This morning, OCZ pushed out a new firmware, dubbed 1.4RC. This is a release candidate of the upcoming performance-boosting firmware, and is meant for "enthusiasts who like to tinker with their hardware".
New Performance Specs in Red:
Max Read / Write
128GB: 535MB/s - 550MB/s / 200MB/s - 420MB/s
256GB: 535MB/s - 550MB/s / 380MB/s - 465MB/s
512GB: 535MB/s - 550MB/s / 475MB/s
As a heads up for those who are feeling froggy this Monday morning and choose to update their Vertex 4 - this is a destructive update and will wipe the drive. The updater runs within a Windows session with the Vertex 4 connected as a secondary drive. While you're 'under the hood', I'd also recommend performing a secure erase with the OCZ Toolbox software after you have udpated and power cycled the SSD.
I have been able to partially confirm the performance increases, and will be reporting full results later this evening (for all three capacity points). Stay tuned!
*Note* OCZ NDA'd this update for this morning, but we have not seen where they have posted it for download from their site. We will post a link in the comments below once it has become available.
According to a recent press release, OCZ Technology Co. is going to up the Octane ante with a 1TB solid state drive. Coming in at an MSRP of $3,238 USD (approx. 260,000 yen), the SSD features 1TB of synchronous MLC flash, 512MB of DRAM, and an Indilinx Everest controller bundled in a 2.5” form factor.
The SATA 3 (6Gbps) OCT1-25SAT3-1T SSD not only brings gobs of storage, but puts up some respectable performance numbers. It is capable of 460MB/s sequential reads and 330MB/s sequential write speeds. Also, it can deliver a maximum of 24,000 4K read IOPS (input/output operations per second) and 32,000 4K random write IOPS [the translation may be off here, I was expecting to see the higher IOPS reflected as 4K reads and not writes]. Other drive features include TRIP support, ECC (error correction), AES-256 drive encryption, SMART diagnostics, and a MTBF (mean time between failures) of 1,200,000 hours.
The 1TB SSD is slated for a mid-May release and will come with a 3 year warranty. You know, my birthday is coming up in a couple months... (hehe)
Subject: Storage | April 11, 2012 - 09:43 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: Vertex 4, ocz, Octane, Marvell, everest
We've covered the OCZ Octane and more recently the new OCZ Vertex 4. We've also seen how they behave under wildly differing firmware revisions. What have we not yet seen? Turns out the hardware powering both the Octane and Vertex 3 controllers was actually from Marvell.
Judging from the performance we saw from the Octane, it's clear that Indilinx is cranking out some great firmware for this hardware, but it's a bit of a surprise to us that the Indilinx arm of OCZ chose to go this route as opposed to spinning their own next gen controller, especially in light of how well the original Indilinx Barefoot was received back in the day.
It turns out that 'Indilinx Infused' is more than just a catch phrase.
As evidenced by some commenters over at the source, some feel cheated that this news did not come to light earlier. My take on it is that an SSD is a package deal - controller hardware *and firmware* make up that package. If a company can deliver both in a reliable and well performing manner, then it's that companies product you are buying, not just the controller.
Subject: Storage | April 4, 2012 - 03:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ocz, ssd, sata 6Gbs, Vertex 4, Indilinx, vertex
There are quite a few changes in the 4th version of OCZ's Vertex SSDs, not only the new Indilinx controller but the positioning of it right in the centre of the PCB. You will also notice what looks like an mSATA interface, but The Tech Report is sad to say that it is only a connector for OCZ's internal testing machinery and is not a standard connector. Of course, we may have to see what the modders do with it. The performance is as good as you would expect in most circumstances though there were some tests the new prefetch mechanism had troubles with. OCZ claims that the drive was intended to be partitioned and doing so could help the performance. Also worth applauding is the move to a 5 year warranty, signalling OCZ's increased faith in reliability.
Our own Al Malventano took a look at not only the drive but also the difference between the 1.30 and 1.52 firmware revisions.
"Just a few months after its Indilinx Everest controller debuted in the OCZ Octane, a second-generation Everest chip has taken root in the Vertex 4 SSD. We take a closer look at the latest Vertex to see what's changed and how its performance measures up."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- OCZ Vertex 4 @ AnandTech
- OCZ Technology Vertex 4 (Indilinx Everest 2) 256GB and 512GB SSD @ Tweaktown
- OCZ Vertex 4 512GB @ Kitguru
- OCZ Vertex 4 Indilinx 256GB & 512GB SSD Reviews @ Legit Reviews
- OCZ Vertex 4 Solid State Drive 512GB/256GB Launch Review @ HardwareHeaven
- OCZ Vertex 4 512GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- OCZ Vertex 4 SSD 256GB and 512GB @ Guru 3D
- ndilinx Everest 2 SSD Controller Platform Overview @ Tweaktown
- SSDs from Mushkin: Chronos deluxe 240 GB and Chronos 240 GB @ X-bit Labs
- Micron RealSSD P400e 6Gbps 200GB Enterprise SSD @ SSD Review
- OCZ Synapse Cache 64GB Solid State Drive Review @ circuitREMIX
- ADATA XPG SX900 256GB SATA 3 SSD @ SSD Review
Introduction, Specifications, and Packaging
OCZ has been in the SSD game for quite some time now. Their first contender was the OCZ Vertex, which we reviewed back in Febuary of 2009. While the original Vertex was powered by an Indilinx BareFoot controller, the Vertex line switched over to SandForce for the second and third generations. The fourth generation brings Indilinx back to the Vertex, this time with the Everest 2. You may recall Everest made its first appearance in the OCZ Octane, which has already proven itself to be a solid contender in the market.
Before we get into the meat and portatoes, we'll kick this off by saying this will not be a typical Vertex 4 review. We had benches run on 512GB and 256GB Vertex 4 samples, but the numbers we were seeing seemed 'off', so OCZ provided me with an alpha/engineering level firmware late last night. I suspect most other reviews you read today will include results from the 1.30 initial shipping firmware, or perhaps from the 1.31 bugfix firmware (which corrected an issue with secure erasure), but this piece will cover both 1.30 and a newer 1.52 interim build. Sometimes it's necessary to burn the midnight oil in the interest of presenting the full picture (or one as complete as possible) to our readers, and this was one of those pieces. We will revisit the Vertex 4 again very soon in the form of a more final product review, but for now we'll go with what we've got.
Subject: Storage | April 2, 2012 - 05:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: RevoDrive 3 X2 240GB, PCIe SSD, ocz
The thing which most caught The Tech Report's eye when they examined the OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 240GB PCIe SSD was the complete lack of bridge chips. When they inquired as to just how the SuperScale storage controller manages this they didn't get a precise answer, as that would be giving away secrets, but were told it "combines processing and full DMA cores, as well as internal PCIe, SATA and SAS interfaces." Putting that mystery aside, they installed the SSD to see just how four SSDs on one card perform in real world and synthetic tests. The tests will impress you but keep in mind the cost of the card, at $2.83/GB it does not come cheap.
"Using virtualization voodoo, the RevoDrive 3 X2 combines four SandForce-based SSDs on a single PCIe card purportedly capable of transfer rates up to 1500MB/s. We take a closer look to see if the Revo is as impressive as it sounds. "
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- OCZ Releases Arowana SSD Firmware @ SSD Review
- LSI Nytro Product Family Overview - New WarpDrive XD Revealed and more @ Tweaktown
- Plextor M3 Pro 256GB @ Tweaktown
- Super Talent RAIDDrive upStream 220GB PCIe SSD @ SSD Review
- Transcend SSD720 128GB @ Kitguru
- BIWIN S836 Elite SATA 3 120GB @ SSD Review
- OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB @ Bjorn3D
- Runcore ProV Max 240GB 6Gbps SSD @ SSD Review
- Samsung 830 Series SATA 3 512GB @ SSD Review
- Micron RealSSD P400e 200GB Enterprise SATA III SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- OCZ Synapse 64GB SSD Cache Drive Review @ Hardware Canucks
- QNAP TS-879U-RP 10GbE NAS Server @ Benchmark Reviews
- Synology DiskStation DS1512+ NAS @ TechSpot
- Western Digital My Book Live Duo (4TB) Review @ TechReviewSource
Subject: Storage | March 12, 2012 - 07:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Sandforce SF2281, revodrive hybrid, RevoDrive 3, PCIe SSD, ocz, hybrid ssd
If you are looking for the speed of an SSD but can't afford one big enough to hold your OS and programs there are two main ways to work around this. The first is only available to Intel SandyBridge owners and that is Intel's SRT which allows you to use a mSATA SSD as a cache drive to speed up commonly used programs. The second is to pick up a hybrid SATA drive like the Seagate Momentus XT line, which does essentially the same thing but is compatible with most systems and is self contained. Techgage would like to remind you that there is a third choice, albeit perhaps more expensive than the other two; the OCZ RevoDrive 3 Hybrid PCIe SSD. This drive sports 1TB of HDD space and 128GB of flash memory split between two SandForce 2281 controllers and at a cost of $330 gives you a lot more space than a $330 SSD.
"SSDs are expensive and often don't offer enough capacity to meet user needs. The recent SSD caching craze attempts to alleviate both these issues, but OCZ has done one better. Combining a RevoDrive 3 with a 1TB HDD the RevoDrive Hybrid offers a self-contained SSD caching solution that is guaranteed to work."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- OCZ Demonstrates Vertex 4 SSD At CeBIT 2012 - It gets Tested and Tested Again @ SSD Review
- Romex FancyCache Review - SSD Performance At 13GB/s and 765,000 IOPS In 60 Seconds Flat! @ SSD Review
- SSD Caching – “SSD, but my friends call me cache” @ TechwareLabs
- Patriot Memory Pyro 120GB 2.5” SATA III SSD Drive Review @ Madshrimps
- 128GB SSD Roundup @ Rbmods
- Verbatim 2.5" Sata-III SSD 120GB @ Rbmods
- OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SATA III 2.5" SSD Review @ Madshrimps
- RunCore Pro V Max 240GB SSD Review @ circuitREMIX
- Corsair Force Series GT 180GB SSD Review @ circuitREMIX
- Synology DiskStation DS411 and New DSM 4.0 Operating System @ X-bit Labs
- OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual Mini RAID Data Storage/Backup @ SSD Review
- QNAP TurboNAS TS-419P II 4-Bay NAS Review @ eTeknix
- ICY DOCK EZ DOCK USB 3.0 HDD adaptor @ Bjorn3D
- Lacie 5big Office+ Nas Review @ TechwareLabs
- ToughTech mini-Q Encrypted Portable Drive @ TechwareLabs
- How to Buy an External Hard Drive @ TechReviewSource
- Zalman ZM-HE350u3 3.5" @ Bjorn3D
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 28, 2012 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ocz, fatal1ty series, kilowatt, PSU, modular psu
OCZ has expanded their Fatal1ty Series of PSUs to include a 1000W model, perfect for systems with multiple GPUs. Not only will you get reliable power, for those who like to show off the insides of their cases the bright red of the PSU and power connectors will give you a unique looking system, powered on or not. It doesn't seem to be available yet, but should be very soon.
SAN JOSE, CA—February 28, 2012—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: OCZ), a worldwide leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and power supplies for computing devices and systems, today announced the availability of the Fatal1ty 1000 Watt power supply, the latest high-performance PSU targeted at gamers and enthusiasts that demand maximum wattage, high efficiency, and a modular cabling configuration.
Dedicated to delivering premium power solutions, OCZ’s latest PSU was co-developed with twelve-time world champion Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel to meet the specific needs of fellow gamers in performance, stability, and ease of integration to reduce system downtime. Featuring individually-sleeved modular cables, the Fatal1ty Series eliminates unnecessary wire clutter for a cleaner overall presentation and superior airflow in high end systems that are packed with components.
“We are thrilled to partner up once again with Fatal1ty to build the ultimate PSU designed specifically for hard-core gamers,” commented Steve Lee, Senior Vice President of Power Management at OCZ Technology. “The new 1000W Fatal1ty PSU delivers exceptional performance for dual GPU platforms, enhanced reliability with premium components, excellent efficiency and robust features, including a large yet ultra quiet fan and high-end individually sleeved cables. All of these add up to a premium PSU that gamers can be confident in to power through the most intense gaming and enthusiast environments.”
“When looking for the ideal gaming power supply, I look for plenty of power to support multi-GPU configurations, superior reliability, and features like quiet and efficient cooling that allow me to stay focused on the game,” said Wendel. “I also want modular cabling which makes it easy to configure my rig and make it look clean. With the new Fatal1ty 1000W modular PSU, gamers are armed with the perfect solution to power all of their high-end components, enabling them to design the perfect gaming rig. I want gamers to play to their full potential, and with this PSU your gaming rig will have every bit of power it needs to fulfill your hardcore gaming sessions.”
Combining a powerful single +12V rail and premium components, the Fatal1ty 1000W balances the needs for both gamer and enthusiast standards with 100% Japanese 105°C capacitors, continuous output at a demanding 50°C ambient temperature, and heavy-duty protection circuitries. Key features include a large temperature and load controlled 140mm double ball-bearing fan with red LEDs for whisper quiet operation, well-regulated electrical noise and ripple, and 80 Plus Gold certification with up to 90% efficiency at typical loads.
The Fatal1ty Series is tested and qualified for the most component-heavy systems with multiple power-hungry drives and video cards by delivering 1KW of continuous power, and offers rock-solid, super-clean DC output and complete array of connectors including detachable CPU, and multiple PCIe, SATA, and peripheral cables. The Fatal1ty Series provides universal input and active PFC (Power Factor Correction) to effectively regulate input voltage and maintain a stable supply of power in an industry-standard ATX form factor to accommodate virtually all computer towers. With sheer power combined with maximum efficiency, the Fatal1ty 1000W is backed by a 5-year warranty.
Subject: Storage | February 23, 2012 - 06:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Octane, Indilinx Everest, Octane 128GB, ocz, 6gbps
The trade offs with SSDs are a little harsh compared to HDDs, where size does not impact performance to a large degree only the physical location of the data. The price per gigabyte tends to be a little higher than larger models but again is relatively close. With an SSD you not only take a noticeable hit to performance with the smaller models you also pay a big premium on the price per gigabyte. That said, some people simply cannot afford $300+ for an SSD over 200GB.
For those who want SSD performance for a reasonable price of admission, the 128GB OCZ Octane is worthy of consideration. There have been no reports of drive failure but at the same time The Tech Report could only find 10 user reviews so it is possible that the sample size is too small to make a definitive conclusion. If you don't draw that conclusion the Octane becomes a little less attractive as competitor's drives tend to be cheaper to buy, even if you lose 8GB of space. Check out the full review before you go shopping for a small SSD.
"We were impressed by OCZ's Indilinx-powered Octane SSD when we reviewed the 512GB version last year. Now, we have the 128GB model in-house to see if the Octane's appeal extends to the sweet spot."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Intel SSD 520 240GB @ X-bit Labs
- OCZ Octane 512 GB @ X-bit Labs
- Kingston SSDNow 200V+ 120GB @ Bjorn3D
- OCZ Octane 512GB Review @ OCC
- RunCore Pro V Max 120GB SATA III SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD Review @ HCW
- Intel 520 240GB SSD RAID 0 Performance Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Intel 520 Series 240GB @ Tweaktown
- MyDigitalSSD DDR2 Super Cache 32GB mSATA Solid State Drive @ Tweaktown
- Runcore ProV Max 120GB SSD @ SSD Review
- OCZ RevoDrive 3 - 120GB PCIe SSD @ Funky Kit
- Silverstone Treasure TS06 External Enclosure @ Pro-Clockers
- 500GB Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-Portable Hard Drive Review @ PCSTATS
- QNAP TS-879U-RP NAS Rack Server @ Benchmark Reviews
- Silvestone DC01 Data Center NAS @ Metku
- Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-Portable Hard Drive Review @ PCSTATS
- HighPoint 2720SGL RocketRAID Controller @ SSD Review
- LSI MegaRAID SAS 9265-8i RAID Controller @ Tweaktown
Subject: Storage | February 14, 2012 - 02:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: z-drive R4 CloudServ, SandForce 2581, PCIe SSD, ocz
How does 6.4TB of Synchronous Mode Multi-Level Cell NAND storage sound to you? It is still a PCIe 2.0 device but it is capable of up to 6,000 MB/s which is none too shabby.
SAN JOSE, CA—February 14, 2012—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced the Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCI Express (PCIe) flash storage solution, designed to dramatically accelerate cloud computing applications and significantly reduce operating expenses in the data center. The new Z-Drive R4 CloudServ features monumental data throughput, and raises the bar in performance and capacity.
“The Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCIe solid state drive delivers game-changing performance and enables clients to process massive data-sets with up to 16TB of storage capacity on a single, easy-to-deploy card,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. “With this new solution, system architects are able to design more efficient and dynamic cloud computing infrastructures while simultaneously reducing system complexity and the high maintenance costs associated with traditional infrastructures.”
With increasing emphasis on cloud computing and the sheer growth in data, PCIe-based flash storage systems have the ability to bypass traditional storage overhead by reducing latencies, increasing throughput, and enabling efficient processing of massive quantities of data. The Z-Drive R4 CloudServ is capable of transferring multiple gigabytes per second and delivering over a million IOPS with a level of concentrated performance that enables system architects to design more productive infrastructures while lowering costs associated with hardware failure, maintenance, structural footprint, and energy consumption.
The latest evolution of the Z-Drive R4, the CloudServ, is specifically designed for the most demanding cloud computing applications with increased capacities and even greater bandwidth capabilities delivering up to 1.4 million IOPS. Melding hardware and software managed solutions with OCZ’s integrated Virtualized Controller Architecture™ (VCA) 2.0 and OCZ’s SANRAD VXL virtual acceleration caching software, the Z-Drive R4 CloudServ can be employed as a high-performing host-based flash cache that works in conjunction with the VXL to dynamically allocate flash resources to accelerate all virtual machines. This maximizes the performance of critical applications and provides a seamless migration from one host to another without the loss of cache data. As these virtual machines are migrated from one host to another, they must retain full access to the flash cache without loss of performance or interruption of service. OCZ’s SANRAD VXL software is the only software that allows for this seamless migration without loss of access to the flash cache.
The Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCIe SSD will be available in models ranging from 300GB-16TB capacities throughout OCZ's global channel in the coming weeks. As with all OCZ enterprise products, customer-specific configurations and functionality are available upon request.