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Cebit 2009: The impressive Z Drive

OCZ has showcased a rather interesting piece of SSD equipment called the Z drive. It packs 1 Terabyte of MLC-based flash memory and some impressive transfer speeds.

According to what OCZ showed so far, the new drive should have maximum read and write speeds of up to 600MB/s and 500MB/s respectively. It uses an x8 PCI-Express interface and comes with a hardware based RAID controller with 256MB of local cache.

Unfortunately, OCZ isn´t talking about the price or the availability date just yet, but in any case this drive still looks impressive. The design of the Z Drive will change as OCZ is working on a different cooling for the drive, and we were told that there will be much talk about this drive.

We will try to get some benchmark scores but for now here are some pictures of it running in a system.





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It's so big that it has to fit like a GPU?!?!
 
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I thought the Black version was a 9800GX2 ;P
 

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1998 called, they want their beige back.
 

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Unless they connect through PCI or Sata I have no interest, I don't want to buy a mobo with more slots than a pachinko hall.
 

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Unless they connect through PCI or Sata I have no interest, I don't want to buy a mobo with more slots than a pachinko hall.

PCI and SATA don't have the bandwidth to take advantage of the drive.
 

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Sorry SLeeZey, this runs off of EISA, it is 1988, and that is actually a high-speed floppy disk controller. You know this is true because a GIJoe movie is comming out, Madonna is still relevant, and the New Kids on the Block are touring.
 
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It's so big that it has to fit like a GPU?!?!

Give it five years, they will fit 1TB in an SD card and sell it for $10.
 

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I think history will ultimately laugh at this prototype.

I'm all for using a PCI lane for it, that's good. But the beige and it's sheer size are quite laughable. Great progress in the right direction, so good on OCZ for that. But I foresee these drives shrinking so much that the idea of them being so big will be very laughable in the end.

Great post though! Nice to see pics of the prototypes.
 

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I think history will ultimately laugh at this prototype.

I'm all for using a PCI lane for it, that's good. But the beige and it's sheer size are quite laughable. Great progress in the right direction, so good on OCZ for that. But I foresee these drives shrinking so much that the idea of them being so big will be very laughable in the end.

Great post though! Nice to see pics of the prototypes.

You mean like at this?
 

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I think history will ultimately laugh at this prototype.

Edit: beat me to it, Kirmie

ZOMG! 48MB!!!!
 

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PCI and SATA don't have the bandwidth to take advantage of the drive.

SATA2 is the limiting factor in my burst speed. I'll tell you now, 295MBPS and it will not touch above that. Despite that being only 90MBPS higher then it's sustained speed. Let alone will SATA2 handle the next generation storage mediums. SATA3 better do more then double in speed.
 

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According to what OCZ showed so far, the new drive should have maximum read and write speeds of up to 600MB/s and 500MB/s respectively. It uses an x8 PCI-Express interface and comes with a hardware based RAID controller with 256MB of local cache
 

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1998 called, they want their beige back.
 

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Originally Posted by Juggalo23451 View Post
already been posted
http://www.overclock.net/hardware-ne...-tb-raid0.html
I don't know why the checking of posted button never shows duplicate threads...

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Cool. They should think about a version that used multiple SATA ports.
That's kinda like packaging a few separate SSDs in one enclosure then, isn't it?
 

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This is super ugly and it is probably a bunch of slow OCZ Core SDDs raided together inside that box.
 
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