Subject: Storage | November 7, 2011 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ocz, RevoDrive 3, Max IOPS, X2 Max IOPS, PCIe SSD
SAN JOSE, CA - Nov. 7, 2011 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today launched the RevoDrive 3 Max IOPS and RevoDrive 3 X2 Max IOPS solid state drives. Designed to deliver maximum throughput in multithreaded applications, the new Max IOPS edition is an extension of the company's industry-leading RevoDrive 3 product line, supporting workstation users that require greater transactional throughput and bandwidth.
The RevoDrive 3 X2 Max IOPS series combines a proven cutting-edge PCI Express architecture and OCZ proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture™ (VCA) 2.0 flash virtualization layer with premium NAND flash components to deliver exceptional 4KB random write performance of up to 245,000 IOPS, along with increased transfer rates at 1900MB/s reads and 1725MBs/ writes.
"The new RevoDrive 3 Max IOPS solid state drives further expand on our original PCIe series, and are designed to deliver even more bandwidth for the most demanding applications," said Daryl Lang, VP of Product Management, OCZ Technology Group. "Engineered to leverage the benefits of multi-threaded processors and applications, the Max IOPS provides both the performance and features required by clients to address the most intensive workloads common in high performance computing and workstation environments."
The RevoDrive 3 Max IOPS edition will be available in 120GB to 480GB capacities while the RevoDrive 3 X2 Max IOPS edition will be available in 240GB to 960GB capacities, providing ample space for primary persistent storage, multimedia files, and operating systems with the superior durability, energy efficiency, and reliability of SSDs. The new RevoDrive 3 Max IOPS and RevoDrive 3 X2 Max IOPS will be available throughout OCZ's global distribution channel and come with a three warranty.
Subject: Storage | November 4, 2011 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ocz, firmware, Sandforce SF2281
The Tech Report has been investigating the OCZ 2.15 firmware update for their Sandforce SF2281 based SSDs. The firmware was released to fix several specific issues that users were encountering which caused BSODs or stuttering during normal usage. The testing was a little odd for The Tech Report, they certainly didn't see any BSODs after flashing to the new firmware, however they never saw any BSODs on their drives previously. A little investigation showed them a significant decrease in the number of people complaining about BSODs on forums which leads them to believe the firmware update is effective at what it does. Even better, the firmware has no real negative effect on the drives performance.
"SandForce SSDs have been dogged by reports of BSODs and other issues, but new firmware promises relief. We take a quick look at OCZ's recent 2.15 firmware update to see how it affects SSD performance and the BSOD bug."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Solid State Drive Roundup 2011 @ Real World Labs
- OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD @ XSReviews
- MemoRight FTM Plus 240GB Solid State Drive @ Tweaktown
- OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI-E SSD Tests @ Benchmark Reviews
- A Complete SSD Upgrade Kit for MacBook Pro @ Bjorn3D
- Seagate Barracuda 3TB Review; A 1TB / Platter Monster is Unleashed @ Hardware Canucks
- Seagate Barracuda 3TB Hard Drive ST3000DM001 @ Benchmark Reviews
- OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 100GB (PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD) @ techspot
- OCZ Technology RevoDrive Hybrid @ Tweaktown
- Seagate's New Barracuda 3TB @ AnandTech
- Vantec SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI-e Host Card Review @ circuitREMIX
- Hard Disk Drive Myths Debunked! @ TechARP
- ADATA Nobility N005 Pro 64 GB (USB 3.0 Flash Drive) @ Kitguru
- LaCie Little Big Disk (2TB) Review: More Affordable Thunderbolt Storage @ AnandTech
- Raidon GR5630-WSB3 4-Bay Desktop Storage System Review @ OCC
- 1TB 3.5" USB 3.0 External Hard Drives from Iomega and Seagate Review @ circuitREMIX
- SilverStone SST-TS07B External USB 3.0 HDD Enclosure Review @ Legit Reviews
Subject: Storage | October 20, 2011 - 01:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Indilinx Everest, Octane, sata 6Gbs, sata, ssd, ocz
SAN JOSE, CA - Oct. 20, 2011 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs), today launched the Indilinx Everest-based Octane SATA 3.0 and SATA 2.0 SSD series, striking the ideal balance between capacity, physical size, and speed. In addition to being the world's first SSD to achieve up to a 1TB capacity in a compact 2.5 inch format, OCZ's Octane SSD series combines high-speed data transfer rates with record-breaking access times to provide a superior user experience and improved application performance.
"OCZ has reached an important milestone in the development of its own controller technology," said James E. Bagley, Senior Analyst with Storage Strategies NOW. "The high sustained performance, even with compressed files, the rapid boot feature and high access speeds using SATA 3.0 protocol puts their controller technology in the major league."
"Until now SSDs have been tailored for specific applications, forcing users into a product which maximizes performance for a narrow band of applications, but is significantly lacking in others," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. "The Octane Series solves this problem by providing the highest level of performance across varied workloads including mixed file sizes and mixed compressible and uncompressible data, all while nearly doubling NAND flash endurance."
The Octane series leverages the cutting-edge Indilinx Everest platform to deliver up to 560MB/s of bandwidth and 45,000 IOPS and is optimized for the complete spectrum of file types and sizes. In particular, the Octane's proprietary page mapping algorithms allow for steady mixed-workload performance, mirroring real world conditions across a wide range of applications. The Octane series also includes a number of advanced features unique to Indilinx, including innovative latency reduction technology, enabling both read and write access times as low as 0.06ms and 0.09ms respectively, the lowest of any commercially available SSD. This enhances application responsiveness and enables features such as "fast boot" in consumer applications.
Octane SSDs also come equipped with Indilinx's proprietary NDurance™ technology, increasing the lifespan of the NAND flash memory, ensuring the most consistent and reliable performance as well as minimizing performance degradation even after the drive's storage capacity is highly utilized. In addition, Octane series drives support AES and automatic encryption to secure critical data.
Octane Product Features:
- Dual Core CPU
- Up to 512MB DRAM cache
- 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB models
- High sequential speeds: Octane (SATA 3.0) Read: 560MB/s; Write: 400MB/s Octane-S2 (SATA 2.0) Read: 275MB/s; Write: 265MB/s
- High transactional performance
- Optimized for 4K to 16K compressed files Octane (SATA 3.0) 45,000 random read 4K IOPS Octane-S2 (SATA 2.0) 30,000 random read 4K IOPS
- Industry-low latency: Read: 0.06ms; Write: 0.09ms
- Strong performance at low queue depths (QD 1 – 3)
- Up to 8 channels with up to 16-way Interleaving
- Advanced BCH ECC engine enabling more than 70 bits correction capability per 1KB of data
- Proprietary NDurance Technology: increases NAND life up to 2X of the rated P/E cycles
- Efficient NAND Flash management: Dynamic and static wear-leveling, and background garbage collection
- Boot time reduction optimizations
- NCQ support up to 32 queue depth - End-to-end data protection
- TRIM support
- Industry standard SMART reporting
The OCZ Octane SSD Series will be available November 1st in models ranging from 128GB-1TB capacities throughout OCZ's global channel.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2011 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PSU, modular psu, 80 Bronze, ocz, OCZ ZT Series
SAN JOSE, CA – October 19, 2011 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., (Nasdaq:OCZ) a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and power management solutions for computing devices and systems, today unveiled the ZT Power Supply Series which offers consumers performance and stability for gaming systems and desktops. Providing high efficiency, cool operation, and a fully modular cable design, the ZT Series comes in a range of wattage options for users looking for a quality upgrade.
“The new ZT power supply is designed with quality components and rich features including a fully modular design for easy configuration and superior airflow within desktops,” said Steve Lee, Senior VP and General Manager of Power Management at OCZ Technology Group. “This ZT PSU Series delivers clean and efficient power with the flexibility of modular cabling all at a competitive price point making it an ideal choice for mainstream consumers.”
Together with the PC Power & Cooling design team, OCZ developed the all-new ZT Series to remain rock-solid and stable even under intensive multitasking and gaming environments. With a 100% modular cable management system, the ZT Series improves airflow and eliminates unnecessary wire clutter inside computer desktop chassis. Kept supremely cool with a variable load and temperature controlled 140mm fan, ZT power supplies are engineered to limit distracting noise from your PC when working or gaming. Furthermore, the 80-Plus Bronze certified ZT Series features up to 85% efficiency under typical load environments and complies with the ErP (Energy-related Products) Directive to ensure less than one watt of power is used in passive standby and off modes.
The OCZ ZT Series will be available in 550W, 650W, and 750W models, and comes backed with a leading 5-year OCZ PowerSwap Warranty for unparalleled peace of mind. The ZT PSU Series will be available worldwide with an MSRP of $99.99, $109.99, and $119.99 respectively.
SandForce finally patches elusive 2200 series SSD controller bug. OCZ issues firmware, others soon to follow.
Subject: Storage | October 18, 2011 - 12:25 AM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: ssd, sandforce, ocz, firmware, bug, BSOD
Over the past few months, we had noted a seemingly disproportionate surge of negative reports from users of SandForce-2200 based SSD's. These include OCZ's Vertex and Agility 3, Corsair's Force 3 and GT, Patriot's Pyro and Wildfire, along with many others. The complete list is available in our handy SSD Decoder.
The issue at hand was random BSOD's, with the possibility of an eventual complete failure of the SSD, rendering it unrecognizeable to the BIOS or Operating System. More details (and the fix) after the break:
I witnessed this personally, as the SF-2281 pictured above suffered the same fate when we attempted to use it a few weeks ago.
Today (hopefully) marks the answer to everyone's prayers. SandForce issued base firmware 3.3.2 for SF-2000 series controllers.
OCZ's Toolbox software V 2.40.02 can patch OCZ's line of SF-2200 SSD's with the new fix.
The release notes follow (and seem to lack mention of the aforementioned bugfix):
OCZ Toolbox version 2.40.02
- Modified Identity data display
- Fixed Smart data display for power fail backup attributes
- Added BIOS update for Hybrid drive
- Update Firmware feature prohibited for primary drives with 1500 & 2000 controllers
- Intel RST Driver 10.1.0.1008 prohibits SSD detection
OCZ's press tidbit for the new firmware(s):
OCZ is pleased to announce that the cause of a BSOD issue experienced by some SF-2000-based drive owners has been identified by OCZ and SandForce. A new firmware update which directly addresses this BSOD occurrence related to SF-2000 based SSDs is available here. All newly manufactured OCZ SF-2000 based SSDs will feature the new 2.15 firmware revision (which is based on SandForce firmware version 3.3.2.) We highly recommend that any customers that have experienced the BSOD issue update their firmware to 2.15.We sincerely appreciate the support from our customers, and if any customers have any questions or require additional support please do not hesitate to contact a customer service representative and we will be happy to address any questions or concerns.
If you own any of the affected SSD's, I highly recommend updating as soon as possible. Until then, I also recommend you back up any data present on these drives, as the above statements confirm the presence of an issue that can potentially brick your SandForce SSD at any moment.
Remember, patch only applies to the 2200 Series controller (i.e. SandForce SSD's capable of SATA 6Gb/sec).
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2011 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, plx, ocz, merger, acquisition
SAN JOSE, CA—October 5, 2011—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the UK Design Team and certain assets from PLX Technology, further strengthening the company’s global research and development team.
PLX’s UK Design Team has built a reputation for designing innovative and reliable system-on-chip (SOC) solutions and the acquired engineering team’s expertise provides OCZ with additional resources for controller design. Through the acquisition of the engineering team and the license of intellectual property (IP), OCZ will be able to accelerate solid state drive development, reducing its time to market for next generation SSD products, while also reducing development costs.
“We are pleased to augment our engineering organization with the UK Design Team as they have been providing best of breed system-on-chip designs, software, and firmware since 1992,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. “We believe the additional engineers along with the access to increased IP resources will enable us to significantly reduce the costs associated with storage protocol licensing, while simultaneously speeding our time to market.”
Pursuant to the agreement, OCZ will among other items acquire from PLX access to substantial IP and the UK Design Team, which consists primarily of approximately 40 engineers located in Abingdon, United Kingdom. PLX will retain their existing line of products which they will continue to support and supply to their customer base, and any patents related to the technology, for which OCZ will receive a perpetual license. The acquisition is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of various closing conditions.
Back in June of last year, OCZ released the RevoDrive, followed up rather quickly by the RevoDrive x2. A further jump was made with the introduction of VCA 2.0 architecture with the RevoDrive 3 and 3 x2. Each iteration pushed the envelope further as better implementations of VCA were introduced, using faster and greater numbers of PCIe channels, linked to faster and greater numbers of SandForce controllers.
While the line of RevoDrives was tailored more towards power users and mild server use, OCZ has taken their VCA 2.0 solution to the next level entirely, putting their sights on full blown enterprise purposing. With that, we introduce the OCZ Z-Drive R4:
Subject: Storage | September 26, 2011 - 06:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, round up, corsair, crucial, Intel 320, Intel 510, kingston, ocz, SF-2281 controller, Marvell 88SS9174, Intel PC29AS21BA0
Making the assumption you are not as rich as Croesus, there is a sweet spot that many look for when it comes to SSDs. If you go too small the channel limitations will impact your performance, but a 256GB+ drive is simply out of the budgets of many enthusiasts ... at least for the storage subsystem. The Tech Report set out in search of the perfect size for an SSD, big enough for full speed performance but small enough it doesn't break the bank. To that end they assembled nine SSDs, ranging in size from 120GB to 128GB, which gives away the ending in a way. What you don't know is which drive came out on top, especially in the price to performance tests. Find out in their full article.
"The latest generation of SSDs is out in full force. We've rounded up nine of 'em to see which offers the best performance and overall value proposition"
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Samsung PM830 Review @ The SSD Review
- Mach Xtreme MX-DS Turbo 120 GB SSD @ techPowerUp
- Samsung 830 Series SSD Review @ HardwareHeaven
- MemoRight FTM.25 115GB SSD @ Kitguru
- Patriot Pyro 120GB SSD @ kitguru
- Patriot Wildfire 120GB 6Gb/s Solid-State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers
- Patriot Pyro 120GB SSD Review, RAID0 Performance Tested @ Techspot
- Mach Xtreme Technology MX DS Turbo 120 GB SSD Review @ Hardware Secrets
- The Samsung SSD 830 @ AnandTech
- Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB 2.5" Hard Drive Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Hard Disk Drive Performance Comparison Guide @ TechARP
- HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL SATA 6G RAID Controller @ Tweaktown
- Patriot Javelin S4 @ Legion Hardware
- SilverStone DC01 Network Attached Storage device Review @ OCIA
- USB 3.0 vs. External Hard Disk Drives @ X-bit Labs
- Thecus N4200PRO @ Computing on Demand
- WD My Passport Essential 500GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive @ Legit Reviews
- Centon Rush USB 3.0 16 GB @ techPowerUp
- Patriot 16GB Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ Madshrimps
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 15, 2011 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PSU, ocz, OCZ ZS series
If you are looking for a really good deal for a power supply, consider the OCZ ZS Series 650W PSU, currently $65 thanks to a MIR at NewEgg. The price will fool you as to the quality of the PSU, though don't expect perfection at this price point. The ZS series seems to be a mix of both good and bad, with good efficiency and stable power in all but one condition. TechPowerUp did not like the low maximum operating temperature and would also like to see longer cabling. Take a peek at it in their review, but you should probably only consider the PSU at the discount price, there are better alternatives at the full $90 price tag
"OCZ is very busy lately releasing new PSU models. Today we have the chance to test the OCZ ZS 650W. The main difference compared to the bigger ZS 750W, besides capacity, is the reduced number of available PCIe connectors, only two. Like all ZS units it has 80 PLUS Bronze efficiency, its OEM is Sirfa and it uses a non-modular cabling design."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W Power Supply Review @ OCC
- OCZ ZS Series 550W @ kitguru
- Corsair TX750M 750W Modular @ Tweaktown
- Enermax Platimax 1200W 80 Plus Platinum Power Supply Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Antec VP550P 550w PSU @ XSReviews
- Antec High Current Gamer HCG-620 Power Supply @ Tweaktown
- Power Supply Testing Methodology @ eTeknix
- Thermaltake Dr.Power II Universal Digital PSU Tester @ Tweaktown
Subject: Storage | September 6, 2011 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: vertex 3, ssd, SF-2281 controller, sata 6Gps, ocz, linux
The majority of reviews of solid state drives have been focussed on the performance of the drives under Windows, thankfully Phoronix can be counted on to differ from that and present a reveiw of an SSD under Linux. This particular time it is the OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD under Ubuntu 11.10 with the Linux 3.0 kernel and an EXT4 file-system. The OS had no problems recognizing the drive and it is obvious that Linux has no problems fully utilizing the SATA 6Gb/s interface as the drive blows the competition out of the water. The only problem is that the price of the drive remains prohibitive no matter what OS you use, but your money will not be wasted.
"It's been a while since last providing a Phoronix review of a solid-state drive from OCZ Technology, but now with Serial ATA 3.0 support becoming more prevalent on modern Intel and AMD motherboards, they have been releasing a number of updated products to take advantage of SATA 3.0. In the review we have our hands on an OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD as we see how this SATA III SSD performs under Ubuntu Linux."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- OCZ Agility 3 240GB Solid State Drive Review @ eTeknix
- Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- OCZ Agility 3 120GB Review @ HardwareLOOK
- OCZ Vertex 3 240 GB @ techPowerUp
- ADATA S511 240GB Solid State Drive @ Tweaknews
- Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD @ Techgage
- Patriot Wildfire 120GB Solid State Drive @ Pro-Clocker
- The Crucial m4 SSD Update: Faster with FW0009 @ AnandTech
- Kingston HyperX SandForce SSD Bundle Kit @ TechwareLabs
- OCZ Technology RevoDrive 3 X2 PCI-E 480GB SSD @ Tweaktown
- Western Digital AV-GP (WD30EURS) 3 TB @ TechARP
- Samsung EcoGreen F4 (HD204UI) 2 TB @ TechARP
- File Server Builder's Guide @ AnandTech
- Enermax Brick 2.5 inch USB 3.0 External HDD Enclosure Review @ Real World Labs
- Super Talent USB 3.0 Express RC8 50GB (SF-1200) SSD Flash Drive Review @ The SSD Review
- Using QNAP's RTRR with Windows Server @ Computing on Demand
- SilverStone SST-DC01B Network Data Center Review @ Legit Reviews
- Zalman ZM-MH200 U3 USB 3.0 Dual HDD Docking Station Review @ Real World Labs
- HornetTek Slipper USB 3.0 Hard Drive Dock @ TechwareLabs
- Lexar Echo MX 32GB Backup Thumb Drive Review @ Techgage
- Akasa Flexstor DiskLink USB 3.0 Adapter Review @ eTeknix
- HighPoint's RocketU 1144A PCIe x4 USB 3.0 Controller: A Big Back-end @ AnandTech