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Next Gen OCZ SSD claims massive performance

Next Gen OCZ SSD claims massive performance

OCZ Vertex 2 SSD ATTO disk benchmark - Image Courtesy of Fudzilla.

OCZ's next generation Vertex 2 SSDs are already in pre-production it seems, and the "quad RAID" interface manages to spew out a whopping 550MB/s read and 480MB/s write performance according to ATTO disk benchmark. That's in complete excess of the current SATA 3Gbps specification, meaning we'll have to wait until SATA 6Gbps in order to use it properly, and even then if these speeds are seen in realworld tests - we'll be needing the next-next gen SATA instead!

There's remarkably little detail other than this, with no comment on whether the drives are MLC or SLC based, whether it still uses a JMicron controller (the Vertex 1's do not apparently) and how much onboard cache is used (the Vertex 1s have a large 64MB).

Fudzilla claims the drive will be ready for CeBit in March, which makes us wonder - why? The Vertex 1s are barely even out the door, so why buy one of these instead of just waiting for a few months for version 2? And even then, without a SATA 6Gbps controller that no motherboard has - the drive will be largely bottlenecked by the current SATA standard.

But is it good news for the future? Huge gains in storage performance are what's needed to unbottleneck our PCs! We're still wanting to know how much this premium drive will cost, and whether its real world performance solves the current read-write stuttering that plagues current SSD technology.

Are you interested in a Vertex 2? Let us know your thoughts, in the forums.

Addendum 15:30: We've been told that apparently it was a technical demo/simulation by OCZ, and not yet near a final product.

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OCZ Vertex 2 SSD ATTO disk benchmark - Image Courtesy of Fudzilla.

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Silver51 12th January 2009, 12:31 Quote
Sign me up for one.

Any word on price? Overclockers have the 60gb Vertex 1 pre-order for £207, but cost per gb needs to come down to seriously compete with current hdds.

edit: just noticed that the 0.5 to 8 range is missing from the graphs. I take it small writes are still slow then.
badders 12th January 2009, 12:34 Quote
I think I just had a little sex-wee.

Sounds good, though price will be through the roof I'd expect.
wuyanxu 12th January 2009, 12:41 Quote
when is the next SATA standard coming?

IMHO the best configuration for SSD is to have a drive where almost all it does is to read system files, and have temp folder (eg, the unmoveable AppData in Vista) somwhere on a Raptor together with page files. That way, longer life for SSD, and very fast temp file read/write.
alexandros1313 12th January 2009, 13:10 Quote
It sounds great! Stutter-free gaming at last?
Xtrafresh 12th January 2009, 13:20 Quote
ok, so it overloads the standard... will hooking it up to a PCIe RAID controller help?

Internal quad raid... idk, but that sounds expensive to me!
bowman 12th January 2009, 13:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xtrafresh
ok, so it overloads the standard... will hooking it up to a PCIe RAID controller help?

No, not unless it has multiple SATA connectors and allows for the onboard RAID to be done elsewhere.
Teq 12th January 2009, 13:45 Quote
You trust anything that comes from Fud? Still if this is true it would be great (assuming pricing was reasonable)
DragunovHUN 12th January 2009, 13:55 Quote
I could care less about speeds that i can't use unless i use my time machine to buy a future motherboard, right now i'd much rather see the flash ware issue cured. I don't want my SSD that's worth its weight in gold wearing out with 1000 writes.
TomH 12th January 2009, 14:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
when is the next SATA standard coming?
The standard is due to be finalised this year, with the products probably appearing in force around 2010.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATA#SATA_6Gb.2Fs
TomH 12th January 2009, 14:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by DragunovHUN
I could care less about speeds that i can't use unless i use my time machine to buy a future motherboard, right now i'd much rather see the flash ware issue cured. I don't want my SSD that's worth its weight in gold wearing out with 1000 writes.
It's been done, move along. Modern SSDs have MTBFs into the millions of hours (just like your mechanical disk.)

If you want to know how it's done, then use Google.
naokaji 12th January 2009, 14:13 Quote
Guys, on another Forum (xs) it was allready posted by a OCZ Employee that it was a Simulation only, not a real drive.
They do plan to put multiple controllers into one SSD to increase speeds, but the first ones will have two, not four, those with four won't be out soon.
Bindibadgi 12th January 2009, 15:07 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by naokaji
Guys, on another Forum (xs) it was allready posted by a OCZ Employee that it was a Simulation only, not a real drive.
They do plan to put multiple controllers into one SSD to increase speeds, but the first ones will have two, not four, those with four won't be out soon.

Fair enough :) I was only going on what was reported elsewhere
naokaji 12th January 2009, 15:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Fair enough :) I was only going on what was reported elsewhere

No problem, just didn't want people wetting their pants out of excitement:D
Zeus-Nolan 12th January 2009, 15:27 Quote
I thought that most ssd's(now) like the intel 32gb and the 80gb last like 72 years if you write 100gb a day to them for 72 years then all of the chips are burnt out? I think i got that from tech report
Redbeaver 12th January 2009, 17:19 Quote
this thing better release at 80Gb for $99 or less.......
wuyanxu 12th January 2009, 18:23 Quote
SSD will get my attention when cost per gigabyte is same as a Raptor/VelociRaptor
TomH 12th January 2009, 22:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
SSD will get my attention when cost per gigabyte is same as a Raptor/VelociRaptor
It won't be too long if Sandisk can keep up with this promise. :D

Probably in time for my next major upgrade! :)
rollo 13th January 2009, 18:59 Quote
you dream redbeaver

they are in a league of there own for performance people.
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