OCZ Technology is one of the companies that usually keep themselves in the news, either for good reasons or for bad. Lately, it's been mostly good. As many people have heard this week, OCZ announced that they would be exiting the DRAM business they originally got started in.
Instead, the company is going full force behind SSDs. It's no surprise that OCZ made the move public during their latest earnings report which revealed approximately a 400 percent revenue increase of their SSD business.
Such a whooping growth has pushed OCZ's stock to $7.20, up from just $2.72 in last October. Because of its heavy focus on SSDs, their CES suite heavily focused on solid state storage.
First, OCZ updated their lineup of Vertex series of SSDs. We got a closer look at the Vertex 3 Pro which boasts specs usually reserved for PCIe-based SSDs.
For example, the Vertex 3 Pro claims speeds of up to 550MB/s read and up to 525MB/s write. On top of that, the random 4K write is 75K IOPS. The drive itself is actually based on the SandForce SF-2582 controller and will be available in 64GB to 512GB capacities (up to 400GB at launch).
Currently, the Pro version is going to be the first to market followed by an EX version with the same speeds, but utilizing SLC instead of MLC and 80K IOPS for 4K writes.
Left: OCZ Vertex 3 Pro Right: OCZ's newest memory kits
On top of that, the Vertex 3 drives are going to be utilizing SATA 6G instead of SATA 3G like their predecessors. Both are technically intended for the enterprise class, but we know that most enthusiasts will still want one and can be attainable during the second quarter.
Because these are enterprise class drives, they will both sport power loss data protection, ECC protection and AES-128 Encryption featuring a 10 Million MTBF. These features are very similar to those that were available in the Vertex 2 drives, but with double the speed.
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