OCZ shows off new glamour shots of super fast PCI-E SSD solution

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It’s been something we’ve followed for a few months, now, and OCZ’s new storage solution that mounts several SSD flash modules on a PCI card.  Why use the PCI-Express bus instead of SATA?  The new cards are actually faster than the SATA bus can handle.  SATA’s current starndard is limited to 3.0Gbps, which translates to 375MB/s.  The new devices are rated at speeds up to 878MB/s, or just over 7Gbps.  In other words, pretty fast.

All that speed comes at a cost, though; while OCZ has yet to put out any official pricing strategies, Amazon does have the three drives up for pre-order…at costs ranging from $1561 for the 250GB version all the way up to $3368 for the 1TB version.  Shipping dates are still listed as one to three months, as they have been since the beginning of summer.

Specifications
 

Drive Max Read Speeds Max Write Speeds Max Sustained Write Speeds Dimensions Interface
256GGB (250GB) 774 MB/s 646MB/s 600 MB/s

195x32x127mm

(LxWxH)

PCI-Express (x8)
512GB (500GB) 878 MB/s 761 MB/s
1024GB (1000GB) 878 MB/s 781 MB/s

The drives achieve the high speeds by incorporating already speedy flash memory with on-card RAID controllers, emulating what some enthusiasts already do by striping data across multiple cards in a RAID0 configuration.

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