|OCZ 64GB SATA 2.5" Solid State Drive OCZSSD64GB|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 19 February 2008|
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OCZ 64GB SSD OCZSSD64GB
EDITORS NOTE: Please read Solid State Drive (SSD) Benchmark Performance Testing to understand how the benchmarks used in this article should be interpreted.
Benchmark Reviews has been hard at work trying to ride the wave of innovation into the next big technology. While Solid State Disks can now finally promise the best of both worlds (speed and capacity), they are still extremely expensive. OCZ is very well known for their drive towards high performance, yet in this article you will see a different side to them with their SSD product line. We have tested and used the new OCZ 64GB SATA Solid State Drive OCZSSD64GB, and we're ready with the results.
Solid State Disks are going to be a hot item heading into 2008, and it's about time. Over a year ago and prior to the retail release, Windows Vista was supposed to require Hybrid Hard Drives if you wanted the new operating system on a notebook. However, once Microsoft caved in to manufacturer pressure the development seemingly came to a halt.
At the start of January we visited with OCZ during the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show and learned of their upcoming product releases. One of the most anticipated items was their first solid state drive (SSD). While most of the other products we test are aiming for the highest numbers they can achieve, OCZ is working to deliver a value line of SSD's.
In addition to aftermarket availability, the OCZSSD64GB is also an included feature as part of the Hypersonic notebook line. Presently you can customize the Aviator EQ7 and SR7 Series of high-end gaming notebooks with this 64GB SSD for an additional $939 (upgrading from standard disc drive). In the future however, all of the Hypersonic product lines will offer the SSD option.
About the company: OCZ Technology
Entering the memory market in August 2000, OCZ Technology was built around the determination to manufacture the best high speed DDR and RDRAM. OCZ was founded by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts, and their commitment to the end-user has not digressed. OCZ Technology has been an innovator in many areas.
We were the first manufacturer to make Dual Channel optimized memory available to the public, which originally took advantage of nVidia's Twinbank or Dual DDR architecture, found in their nForce chipset. We have now taken that technology and tailored it for the Canterwood, and Granite Bay chipset's. OCZ developed and was the first to implement ULN technology, which has been a critical element in the manufacturing process for some time.
We at OCZ diligently work to improve communication with CPU and motherboard chipset manufacturers prior to the release of their products. Only in this manner can we fine-tune the memory's SPD settings, ensuring a synergistic relationship between the memory module, memory controller, and microprocessor. In today's rapidly evolving semiconductor industry, such communication is not simply research, but a necessary component of the manufacturing process.
OCZ SSD Features
Featuring high capacities, excellent reliability, and low power consumption, OCZ SATA SSD series are an efficient, fast, and durable alternative to conventional hard disc drives. Compatible with standard SATA interfcace, SSD drives offer higher real-life transfer rates that result in faster boot and application launch times to boost any high-performance system. The OCZ SSD does not contain any moving parts that are subject to wear and tear, making it a top choice when replacing your hard drive. Top it off with a 1 year warranty, and you will have an excellent memory drive that won't let you down.