Forced to operate over RAID...
Ok, so I expected the boundaries of SATA3 to last longer than that…
Just a day after Seagate wows us all with the ability of SATA3 (also known as 6Gbps SATA) to increased speeds to 600MBps OCZ blows this bandwidth apart with an SSD cooked up in Hades itself.
Called the ‘Z-Drive’ it is a completely bonkers and yet utterly brilliant idea: a one terabyte MLC-based SSD with 256MB of local cache and hardware-based RAID controller. It plugs into a PCI Express slot to eliminate any bandwidth boundaries and OCZ preliminary tests show it managing 600MBps read and 500MBps read. That said, OCZ also claims some benchmarks have seen it nudge 800MBps.
I repeat, completely bonkers and yet utterly brilliant.
Of course at this stage you cynically reply ‘But it’s just a concept’. Actually no, OCZ is making the dreams of the rich and famous come true by making low numbers of production units available this year.
Pricing? I’ll let OCZ phrase this one: “Definitely for the high-end crowd, the Z Drive won’t come cheap…”
Yep, you can’t afford it.