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OCZ Technology Group, a leading supplier of DRAM- and flash-based products, said on Tuesday that it had begun shipments of its Colossus solid-state drives (SSDs) that are designed primarily for desktops or workstations with 3.5” bays. The SSDs can offer advanced performance at relatively moderate price to performance-hungry users.

OCZ Colossus SSDs are available in 120GB, 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities and are based n multi-level cell (MLC) flash memory. In order to boost performance, the “colossal” solid-state drives feature 128MB of onboard cache as well as internal RAID 0 organization.

“The new Colossus Series is designed to boost desktop and workstation performance and is for high power users that put a premium on speed, reliability and maximum storage capacity. The Colossus core-architecture is also available to enterprise clients with locked BOMs (build of materials) and customized firmware to match their unique applications,” said Eugene Chang, vice president of product management at the OCZ Technology Group.

The Colossus SSD series has an excellent 1.5 million hour mean time between failures (MTBF) and comes backed by 3-year warranty and dedicated technical support.

OCZ Colossus solid-state drives are not exactly affordable: 120GB version costs starting from $438, 250GB model is priced beginning at $820, the cost of 500GB drive begins at $1530 and the price of 1TB top-of-the-range unit starts at rather colossal $3397, according to Froogle.

Tags: OCZ, Colossus, SSD, Flash

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They combine the best with the worst . They use the Indilinix chip as the drive's controller and the JMicron implementation to deliver the RAID 0 setup. Ok ... as just a RAID controller, the JMicron chip will probably do a good job but then, why is the 120 GB version 450$ ? They've made drives with 3 x JMicron chips that would cost less than 260$ ... are the 2 Indilinix chips so expensive? Something is not right here ... Sure, maybe they'll have stellar performance and there would be a price premium but how much? 50% is quite a lot ... Although maybe when these drives hit the market, the prices of the other drives will go lower and that's a good thing.
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