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OCZ Releases Colossus Series, Fusion-io Breaks 1TB/sec Barrier

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We first got a glimpse of the monstrous OCZ Colossus back in June, but finally the blazing fast, one terabyte 3.5in solid state drive has launched.

Released now as a series, the Colossus line is available in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and the fabled 1TB and will offer maximum read and write speeds of 260MB/sec. Sustained write is also very impressive at 220MB/sec with the drives also achieving 14,000 Max IOPS (with 4k file size random writes). That's quick!

Unlike most SSDs, the Colossus come with a 3.5in housing making them desktop focused and therefore ideal for tech enthusiasts and workstations. They also come with a 3 year warranty, excellent 1.5m hours MTBF (mean time before failure) and are available now.

Yes I know I'm putting off the pricing, but here we go: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB will cost you circa 370, 700, 1300 and 2700 euros respectively. I agree, it's like I just stamped on your dreams. Sorry.

In related news the ever barnstorming Fusion-io has announced a remarkable technical achievement stringing together 220 of its custom PCI Express based ioDrive Octal SSDs to create an enterprise installation that achieves data transfer rates of one terabyte per second! To put this in some context the setup pushes out 800,000 IOPS with a 4k file size. Pricing? Not a clue, but Fusion-io does claim it would take 55,440 disk drives, 396 SAN controllers, 792 I/O servers and 132 racks of equipment to achieve the same performance using current state of the art HDD technology.

Bet it would load Crysis fast...

Links:
OCZ Colossus Product Page
Fusion-io Press Release

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