Wednesday, November 18th 2009

OCZ Technology Launches Cutting-Edge High-Capacity Colossus 3.5 SSD Line

OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and flash-based storage as an alternative to hard disk drives (HDDs), today released the Colossus 3.5” Solid State Drive (SSD) Series, designed to meet the performance and storage demands of high-end desktop users and enterprise clients. Available in up to one terabyte configurations, the Colossus Series marks a milestone in solid state drive technology, making it possible to have both high performance and high capacity in one solution.

“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,” said Eugene Chang, VP of Product Management at the OCZ Technology Group. “The Colossus core-architecture is also available to enterprise clients with locked BOMs (build of materials) and customized firmware to match their unique applications.”

In addition to ample capacity, the OCZ Colossus delivers excellent performance made possible by an internal RAID 0 architecture. Excelling at small file processes during common tasks such as emailing, web browsing, and file transfer, Colossus allows for a state-of-the-art computing experience from basic to complex applications:

For enterprise applications, Colossus SSDs not only diminish performance bottlenecks suffered by mechanical hard drive infrastructures, but reduce both heat and noise and provide a more durable alternative. This translates into exceptional energy-savings and reduced maintenance costs. Furthermore, the Colossus line is built with cost-effective multi-level cell (MLC) flash to make it a viable option for enterprise clients hesitant to adopt competing products due to the higher costs.

The Colossus SSD is available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB solutions to accommodate a broader spectrum of applications than current 2.5” SSD products; the 3.5” housing is a straight drop in for many existing rack systems. The Colossus SSD series has an excellent 1.5 million hour mean time between failures (MTBF) and comes backed by a leading 3-year warranty and dedicated technical support, ensuring peace of mind over the long term. Additionally, OCZ offers unique customization options for OEM clients that may require tailored hardware and firmware solutions for their unique business.
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17 Comments on OCZ Technology Launches Cutting-Edge High-Capacity Colossus 3.5 SSD Line

#1
human_error
Just when everyone thought the 5970 was going to be the most expensive computer part to be launched today...

At least we can start to see 3.5" SSDs becoming more popular.
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#2
Mussels
Moderprator
1.5TB? dayumn
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#3
Jstn7477
by: Mussels
1.5TB? dayumn
1TB max. Maybe you mixed it up with the 1.5 million hour MTBF rating. :laugh:
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#4
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Jstn7477
1TB max. Maybe you mixed it up with the 1.5 million hour MTBF rating. :laugh:
...


righty-o then, it seems i need sleep.
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#5
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I so want a 1 tb for christmas. Now, where did i stash that $1500?
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#6
Howard
by: WarEagleAU
I so want a 1 tb for christmas. Now, where did i stash that $1500?
for a one-TBer, u might need to prepare at least 2grand???
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#7
phanbuey
finally they're making 3.5" ssd's...

everyone saying these will drop in price, but i think I will be an onld man by the time that happens lol.
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#8
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
They should make SSD's in the size of the old Quantum Bigfoot's, this is tiny compared to those.
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#10
dir_d
How much for the 128gig lol
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#11
El Fiendo
by: Static~Charge
$3572 / £2123 / €2392, to be precise:

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/11/18/ocz_colossus/
I wonder if OCZ gave them those prices. Everywhere else I can see the news story, they either say 'prices unreleased' or mention rumors of ~'$2,200USD for the 1TB model and $1,200USD for the 500GB.'
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#13
TheLaughingMan
by: Breit
these drives are actually listed for a few weeks on popular e-tailers here in germany, which of course says nothing about the price when the first units actually become available, but maybe its a hint... :)

http://geizhals.at/deutschland/?cat=hdssd&xf=251_3.5%22%7E1035_OCZ
Exactly. If you have to ask, you can't afford it.

I would like one of the 256 GB as a upgrade, but I will RAID before I do that.
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#14
johnnyfiive
I just want an affordable 256GB SSD for games. I'll stick to platters for backups. GIVE ME A AFFORDABLE 256GB!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
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#15
Breit
everyone is talking about doing a raid setup with ssds to improve speed, so let me remind a few things here:
a raid-0 ssd setup will NEVER improve drive latencies! so a faster (in terms of latency) ssds will always be faster (in terms of latency) than a couple of ssds configured as a raid-0. raid-0 helps only in improving the data transfer speed, but thats not an issue most of the time since for an os-drive or a drive with games installed on it (except you are copying your games to that drive on a regular basis) ;)
even more problematic about a raid-setup with ssds is the fact that TRIM-support will probably NEVER work on these arrays because the raid controller will not pass the TRIM-commands issued by the os to the single disks and over time you might end up having a slower setup than with a single ssd with full TRIM-support. even the os sees the raid as one array/disk rather than two (or more) single ssds and probably will not issue a TRIM command in the first place. think about that...
this is a huge advantage for the premanufacutred raid-ssds like the ocz colossus, which is reported to the os as a single ssd and the drive logic on that disk handles all the stuff transparent to the outside.


just wanted to add: the ocz colussus IS NOT capable of accepting TRIM commands because of its cheap interior raid setup using silicon image raid controllers, so ocz has done something wrong here. its just a shame ocz decided to do so but nevertheless, maybe another manufacturer will jump in with a preconfigured raid-ssd which in fact do support TRIM. maybe... :)
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#17
TheLaughingMan
by: Breit
everyone is talking about doing a raid setup with ssds to improve speed, so let me remind a few things here:
a raid-0 ssd setup will NEVER improve drive latencies! so a faster (in terms of latency) ssds will always be faster (in terms of latency) than a couple of ssds configured as a raid-0. raid-0 helps only in improving the data transfer speed, but thats not an issue most of the time since for an os-drive or a drive with games installed on it (except you are copying your games to that drive on a regular basis) ;)
even more problematic about a raid-setup with ssds is the fact that TRIM-support will probably NEVER work on these arrays because the raid controller will not pass the TRIM-commands issued by the os to the single disks and over time you might end up having a slower setup than with a single ssd with full TRIM-support. even the os sees the raid as one array/disk rather than two (or more) single ssds and probably will not issue a TRIM command in the first place. think about that...
this is a huge advantage for the premanufacutred raid-ssds like the ocz colossus, which is reported to the os as a single ssd and the drive logic on that disk handles all the stuff transparent to the outside.


just wanted to add: the ocz colussus IS NOT capable of accepting TRIM commands because of its cheap interior raid setup using silicon image raid controllers, so ocz has done something wrong here. its just a shame ocz decided to do so but nevertheless, maybe another manufacturer will jump in with a preconfigured raid-ssd which in fact do support TRIM. maybe... :)
i was talking about RAID with HDD, not SSD's. If I can't afford 1 SSD, I definitely can't get more than 1.
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