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