With the graphics card wars waging all around, it is easy to forget that the tech industry is much more than just graphics cards. One of the biggest aspects of the tech industry is storage, and solid state drives have been driving this segment for the last couple of years. Memory and storage major OCZ today officially unveiled its next-gen Z-Drive R3 P84 PCI-Express SSDs as part of its enterprise range of storage solution.
OCZ has designed the new drives with a PCI-E x8 interface and configured it used two or four SandForce SF-1565 controllers in a RAID setup. The PCB is a half-height one. The manufacturer has gone with multi-level cell (MLC) NAND Flash memory chips for the core setup. Using its proprietary VCA (Virtualized Controller Architecture) technology, OCZ has enabled massively parallel arrays of NAND to boost performance for the Z-Drive series while restricted access latencies.
The drives come with support for TRIM, SMART monitoring, native command queuing (NCQ), power fail management and wear leveling. OCZ is claiming a MTBF of 10 million hours for the Z-Drives, which puts them at par with some of the best in the industry. The Z-Drives are capable of reaching 1,000 MB/s and 970 MB/s in read and write speeds respectively while delivering 135,000 IOPS (Input / Output Operations per Second) in 4KB random writers.
“The Z-Drive R3 lineup of PCI-E SSD's delivers superior performance and flexibility to enterprise clients who require high bandwidth coupled with high transactional performance,” Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology said. "Clients gain both the benefits of increased performance and reduced size with the Z-Drive R3, the half height and half length card can fit in even the slimmest servers and yet is capable of delivering up to 135k IOPS in a half height and 250k 4K Random write IOPS, in a full height configuration, due to OCZ's unique Virtualized Controller Architecture. This innovative new technology will provide customers with robust enterprise features including TRIM, SMART monitoring and power fail management all within a single streamlined solution.”
OCZ has made the Z-Drive R3 series available in 300GB, 600GB, and 1.2TB storage capacities, with pricing for all models to be announced shortly. All of them come with a three-year warranty.
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