OCZ is still creating new products on a very torrid pace. Compared to the high end, OCZ is able to turn around new products incorporating the newest NAND chips and SSD drive controllers within months of their release. So what is OCZ doing on the high end, say the desktop enthusiast or low-end data center market? And what kind of performance are they targeting at those price levels? Read On:
OCZ is swiftly moving up the charts of manufacturers attempting to differentiate product at the consumer level. Between the PCIe based RevoDrives and this new announcement of it’s own Flash memory controller it appears they are out front on the performance and future performance fronts. Here’s to any manufacturer who decides to not just license SandForce controllers but also design and produce their own.
There’s no other way to accomplish fast throughput than to adopt the latest greatest technologies and in SSDs that is a SandForce flash memory controller. Since the release of their 2000 series controller SandForce has proven they have got a sizable lead over their competitors in flat-out Read/Write speeds. What then would happen if you took this technology and followed it to its logical conclusion? Check it out:
More fallout from the Computex 2011 tradeshow in Taipei, Taiwan. OCZ was on an absolute tear introducing new flash memory based SATA6 SSDs and PCIe SSDs. While we readers wait to see review hardware brought into the hardware blogger’s test labs to see how the final shipping product will perform.
The upgrade market for Windows PCs is still very strong and budget concerns are almost always a preeminent when shopping for an upgrade. From CPU to Memory to Harddrives, a Solid State Disk is still a sure way of increasing the Windows Experience Score for your Windows 7 PC. Now OCZ is trying to drive the new SandForce 2xxx series controller into a lower price level product. Enter the OCZ Agility Solid State Disk:
Just a few weeks after announcing the OCZ Vertex 3 Pro and non-Pro SSDs, OCZ comes up with this. They are going to acquire a company that competes directly with the top of line SSD drive controller manufacturer. Indilinx has gained a reputation for helping ‘bring down’ prices of SSDs by making the drive controller more affordable, whereas SandForce (makers of the drive controller for Vertex 3) has kept up its margins but increased performance by a huge margin as well. I guess it makes sense to sell as many drives as you can and cater to all levels of the market. But I don’t know if it’s going to undermine OCZ’s business relationship with SandForce.
Previously I’ve posted a lot about the Enterprise level PCIe SSD products. Most of them don’t have Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) listed anywhere on their websites. The reason being, if you have to ask how much it costs, you cannot afford it. That is the Enterprise Market, that’s how they roll. But for the rest of us, me in particular, having an option other than simply dropping in an SSD to a desktop machine is attractive. Especially if it is a higher performance option. So what would a Consumer Level PCIe SSD cost?