OCZ Technology, a leading supplier of premium class DRAM- and flash-based products, this week unveiled the world’s highest-performance storage device for advanced desktops or workstations. OCZ’s Z Drive is a 1TB solid-state drive (SSDs) that offers unprecedented level of performance, but will come at a very high price.
OCZ Z Drive 1TB plugs into PCI Express x8 slot and features four 256GB multi-level cell (MLC) flash-based SSDs in RAID mode, which ensures read speed of up to 600MB/s and write speed of up to 500MB/s (sustained rates should be lower). Besides, to ensure blazing speed, the Z Drive sports 256MB of ECC DDR2 memory local cache.
The high-performance high-capacity SSD from OCZ is first of its kind: currently there are no PCI Express x4 storage devices, at least on the consumer market. Obviously, other makers of SSDs will follow shortly, though, positioning of OCZ’s Z Drive as a premium storage solutions will hardly leave a lot of space for many makers on the market.
“Definitely for the high-end crowd, the Z Drive won't come cheap but will offer incredible performance numbers for unsurpassable system functioning and response,” claims the manufacturer.
Based on preliminary estimates, OCZ 1TB Z Drive should cost $1500 - $2000.