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OCZ Technology Launches Next Generation Z-Drive R2 PCI-Express Solid State Drive

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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), announces the Company’s plan to enter mass production of the Z-Drive R2 Solid State Drive (SSD) Series, the second rendition of the original Z-Drive family. The Z-Drive R2 builds on the existing solution but provides greater performance and design flexibility due to the implementation of a series of optimized NAND modules.

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only bootable and field serviceable PCIe SSD option
Yes its bootable :respect: I want the 2TB Version :cry: And my Harddrives could retire.

But i think it has the same pricetag as a middelclass car. :banghead:
 

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I wonder if the hdd led would blink during activity
 
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if they bring it out with just the bare bones and sell the flash memory separately, i could see this being very successful
 

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reminds me of the old amiga graphics cards, you could just add more memory by slotting in a new stick.
 
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that's just strange, i don't think i've personally seen a x8 slot. just x16,x4,x1. Does this even have a market??? i mean the MSRP for that has to be like 4G's or more. I can't see even enthusiasts paying for that.
8x can fit into 16x and 8x.

Personally, I haven't seen 8x lane slot even on server boards. It will most likely be used in 16x lane slot.
 
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It's a fairly popular lane configuration on server boards, with a lot of boards having physical x16 and x8 slots with 8 lanes.

Besides Quadros and other GPGPU, most cards (SAS/RAID/NIC controllers) are x4 or x8.
 
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8x can fit into 16x and 8x.

Personally, I haven't seen 8x lane slot even on server boards. It will most likely be used in 16x lane slot.
Intel DP55KG (and the DP55WG) has actual open-ended PCIe X8 and X4 slots with the card-locks separated from the slot. It is actually an arrangement that makes much sense, since it frees up some board space for other components underneath.

Here's a pic:
 
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I'm starting to struggle to keep up with where SSD technology is at the moment.
When they first came out - and for some time afterwards - they had major random read/write issues, causing stuttering and latency that was worse than an old 5400 SATA mechanical drive.
With like any marketing, they boasted about the burst speeds but never told you the negative stuff - reminds me of desktop monitors.

However Intel's series managed to actually address random seek/write speeds, and I wonder if that's why they were the most expensive (and still are fairly costly). Corsair dropped a few models on us, and they were terrible.

It's been a year or so since then? I've considered SSD in a new system, however while initially I was looking at the technology for the random seek/write speeds, to reduce drive lag and stuttering, I'm now resigned to the idea the SSD would just make my overall user experience a bit more snappy, but not necessarily awesome.

Obviously, manufacturers are aware of this, but whether they've actually made noticeable leaps and bounds, is what I need to figure out.
This PCI Express method turns the whole thing on it's head for me.
 

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I'm starting to struggle to keep up with where SSD technology is at the moment.
When they first came out - and for some time afterwards - they had major random read/write issues, causing stuttering and latency that was worse than an old 5400 SATA mechanical drive.
With like any marketing, they boasted about the burst speeds but never told you the negative stuff - reminds me of desktop monitors.

However Intel's series managed to actually address random seek/write speeds, and I wonder if that's why they were the most expensive (and still are fairly costly). Corsair dropped a few models on us, and they were terrible.

It's been a year or so since then? I've considered SSD in a new system, however while initially I was looking at the technology for the random seek/write speeds, to reduce drive lag and stuttering, I'm now resigned to the idea the SSD would just make my overall user experience a bit more snappy, but not necessarily awesome.

Obviously, manufacturers are aware of this, but whether they've actually made noticeable leaps and bounds, is what I need to figure out.
This PCI Express method turns the whole thing on it's head for me.

Yeah but the expense comes from the flash memory though, so those large numbers are going to be pricy. I looked at the newegg link above and the 512 GB one was over $2000.

I'm hoping Intel is going to be putting out new SSD drives this summer like they did last summer. If they do I'm hoping for 160 GB for about $250, then I'll buy one and try it out.

I know the Intel ones are good in about every way. If you really want to read up on them goto Anandtech. He does good reviews of SSDs, and has found several issues with them in the past.
 

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there isnt a hell in the universe where id pay that much. unless that hell gave u money by the hour for burning then id prolly just waste it on candy since u cant get full in hell.
 
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reminds me of the pci slot cards that could run SD or DDR RAM a few years ago. Alecstar used it for his page file.
 
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reminds me of the pci slot cards that could run SD or DDR RAM a few years ago. Alecstar used it for his page file.
Gigabyte I-RAM, wish they released a DDR2 version :(
 

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Instead of saving up for a whole new rig, I'll just keep saving so I can afford a 1TB version, hopefully by the time I have enough for the 2TB version they'll have shrunk in physical size.

The P84 is available in the UK for £3500.
 
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The 256Gb R2 m84 version is here for $1,926.79

While the top of the line p88 is listed for $8,941.79
 
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Innocent, that appears to be an older version.

from ocz site

OCZ Z-DRIVE R2 M84 PCI-EXPRESS SSD

Part Numbers
256GB - OCZSSDPX-ZD2M84256G
512GB - OCZSSDPX-ZD2M84512G
1TB - OCZSSDPX-ZD2M841T

OCZ Z-DRIVE R2 P84 PCI-EXPRESS SSD

Part Numbers
256GB - OCZSSDPX-ZD2P84256G
512GB - OCZSSDPX-ZD2P84512G
1TB - OCZSSDPX-ZD2P841T

OCZ Z-DRIVE R2 P88 PCI-EXPRESS SSD
Part Numbers
512GB - OCZSSDPX-ZD2P88512G
1TB - OCZSSDPX-ZD2P881T
2TB - OCZSSDPX-ZD2P882T
 

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I know, hence why I state that it's the P84, it's to show the price of the first generation. However I did type over R1 when editing it to say P84. Well spotted.
 
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if i was running a massive performance needing server, this is what i'd use
 
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I am wondering if people realize that this thing is the equivalent of 2TB of 133Mhz SDRAM bandwidth-wise (Actually, it has a slightly higher bandwidth) ?

Price and all aside, that's one hell of a technological achievement.