OCZ Delivers JetExpress SSD Controller, Vector 180 SSD, And Smokin’ Hot Z-Drive 6000 Enterprise SSD At CES
As we’ve stated on numerous occasions, SSDs were big at this year’s CES, and OCZ was on hand to deliver its own brand of solid-state delight. The company took the opportunity to shows us its brand new JetExpress SSD Controller, the Vector 180 SSD, and the enterprise-level Z-Drive 6000.
For starters, let’s talk about the JetExpress SSD Controller, which has been designed for use in both consumer- and enterprise-grade products. The controller natively supports SATA and PCIe/NVMe and will work with M.2, 2.5” SATA, and SFF-8639 form-factors. The 10-channel JetExpress controller also supports both LDPC and BCH error correction.
OCZ JetExpress SSD Controller
Moving on, we come to the Vector 180 SSD, which is backed by OCZ’s 5-year ShieldPlus warranty. The Vector 180 represents the end of the line for OCZ’s Barefoot 3 controllers, and makes use of Toshiba A19 MLC NAND flash (50 GB/day endurance rating) along with onboard Power Failure Management Plus (PFM+). The drive supports sequential reads up to 550 MB/s and sequential writes up to 530 MB/s. 4K random reads and writes are listed at 100,000 IOPS and 95,000 IOPS. The Vector 180 series will be available in capacities of 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB and will be available “at the beginning of 2015.”
While the JetExpress controller and Vector 180 are nice, what really got our hearts pumpin’ was the outrageous Z-Drive 6000 enterprise SSD. The Z-Drive 6000 is a SFF 2.5” NVMe 1.1b solution with native PCIe 3.0 support (Gen3 x4). It features a hot pluggable SFF-8639 connector and is powered by a PMC Sierra Princeton controller (with OCZ’s own special sauce baked in).
The high-end hardware components mean that the Z-Drive 6000 will absolutely obliterate any storage benchmark that you throw its way. OCZ says that the SSD offers sustained reads at up to 3,000 MB/s and sustained writes of up to 2,000 MB/s. Random 4K reads/writes ring in at 700,000 IOPS and 175,000 IOPS respectively.
Be still, my heart.
The Z-Drive 6000 will be available in capacities ranging from 800GB to 3.2TB. As for pricing, if you have to ask…