Wednesday, September 12th 2012

OCZ Shows off Barefoot 3-Powered SSD at IDF

Yesterday at the Intel Developer Forum 2012 in San Francisco the OCZ Technology Group (OCZ for short) provided a quick peek at its upcoming solid state drive named Vector. Coming in a 2.5-inch form factor, the Vector features a Barefoot 3 controller (designed by Indilinx from top to bottom, unlike the Barefoot 2 which has Marvell technology), 2x nm MLC NAND, and a SATA 6.0 Gbps interface. Unfortunately OCZ didn't say anything about the drive's performance.

The Vector is set to be released in Q4 in at least two capacities - 256 GB and 512 GB.

Source: Engadget
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11 Comments on OCZ Shows off Barefoot 3-Powered SSD at IDF

#1
RejZoR
I'm really interested in seeing how it performs, being a full Indilinx technology...
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Super XP
I was pissed at OCZ for stopping there amazing Equalizer laser mouse series. Truly one of the best computer mouse I've ever used for gaming. But now I understand why, they've been hard at work Innovating. I am very impressed with there OCZ RevoDrive series, just keeps getting better and better. Prices are starting to fall.

Anyhow, this Barefoot 3 looks very interesting. I wonder how much better this will be versus Barefoot 2 seeing how this new one was built from scratch. Good Job OCZ, :D
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Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
Looks like a regular SATA connector at the back and M-SATA at the front... interesting.
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Octavean
Unfortunately OCZ didn't say anything about the drive's performance.
From what I have read from other sources the OCZ Vector / BareFoot 3 series is to be positioned above the Vertex series. Therefore it should outperform / out spec whatever we have seen from the Vertex 3 and Vertex 4.

Reliability is another issue though as a lot of people seem not to trust OCZ SSD’s regardless of model / controller. OCZ needs the reliability of Intel and Samsung while maintaining its low prices. Customer reports of DOA and early failures (hours / days) seem to be fairly high.

I have a number of OCZ SSD’s:

120GB Vertex 2 (1x)
60GB Agility (1x)
120GB Octane (1x)
240GB Vertex Plus (2x)
360GB Agility III (1x)

and have never had a problem though.

I’ve also been eyeing a 512GB Vertex 4 for ~$299.99,……

But I have SSD units from other manufacturers as well, such as Corsair 120GB Force Series 3 (2x), Crucial 256GB M4 (1x), Kingston SSDNow SNV-2S 128GB and so on,…
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#5
james888
All ocz's ssd problems have been with sandforce. As far as I know, their vertex 4 series is pretty stable with good firmware.
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#6
wrathchild_67
by: james888
All ocz's ssd problems have been with sandforce. As far as I know, their vertex 4 series is pretty stable with good firmware.
I can't speak for the Vertex 4 line, but I know the Agility 4 line is dodgy, mainly because the drives using OCZ branded flash chips fail at very high rates. Someone opened several Agility 4 drives and noticed that the flash chips can either be OCZ branded or Micron branded. The Micron chips don't have the same failure rates.
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james888
by: wrathchild_67
I can't speak for the Vertex 4 line, but I know the Agility 4 line is dodgy, mainly because the drives using OCZ branded flash chips fail at very high rates. Someone opened several Agility 4 drives and noticed that the flash chips can either be OCZ branded or Micron branded. The Micron chips don't have the same failure rates.
I havn't heard anything good from the agilities of any number.
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#8
Octavean
Like I said I was considering a 512GB Vertex 4 for ~$299.99. The user reviews still report DOA and premature failure within days or weeks. Roughly 50 / 50 with respect to satisfaction and yes there have been firmware updates though I don’t know what effect this will have overall,…
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james888
by: Octavean
Like I said I was considering a 512GB Vertex 4 for ~$299.99. The user reviews still report DOA and premature failure within days or weeks. Roughly 50 / 50 with respect to satisfaction and yes there have been firmware updates though I don’t know what effect this will have overall,…
I recommend reading the tpu review if you have not already. The stock firmware is buggy, but the updated firmware is good. W1zz mentions it in the review.
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Octavean
by: james888
I recommend reading the tpu review if you have not already. The stock firmware is buggy, but the updated firmware is good. W1zz mentions it in the review.
I’d be happy to checkout the review here and reviews elsewhere but a brief glance shows no review of the 512GB Vertex 4 at TPU.

Honestly though, reviews of such things typically don’t involve much more then one or possibly two review units. As such it’s a small sampling. As I said earlier I have a number of OCZ SSD units and have never had a problem. I take all reasonable precautions and upgrade my firmware,…and so on. So I am tempted to disregard at least some of the negative user reviews citing failures.

User reviews naturally included uninitiated users which somewhat throws off the ability to trust what is reported 100%.
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