OCZ Technology Vertex 3 (SF-2200) Solid State Drive Preview
Yesterday we looked at the Corsair Performance 3, the
first retail next generation Marvell - BKK2 controlled SSD to hit our lab.
Today we have the Performance 3's, and for that matter every other new consumer
SSD's main competitor in house; the OCZ Technology Vertex 3. OCZ Technology
leads all other manufacturers in SSD development. The company has put forth a
vast amount of resources in this market and even all but abandoned their memory
products that put OCZ on the map. The payoff has been a near two year
domination of the SSD market with sales that dwarf all other manufacturers. OCZ
is at this point the SSD manufacturer in which all others strive to be.
SandForce is announcing two new consumer class
controllers. There's the SF-2200, a high end consumer controller with 16 data
lanes (8 accessible at one time) in a 400-TFBGA package capable of reading data
at 550MB/s and writing data at 525MB/s. The other one is the new mainstream
SF-2100 which has up to 8 data lanes and uses a 256-TFBGA package. SandForce
didn't give out a lot of information on the new 2100, but we've working on
getting more information. We'll give you a full breakdown on the new
controllers tomorrow since not all of the information relates to the Vertex 3.
Yes, today is all about the OCZ Technology Vertex 3. A few websites previewed
the Vertex 3 PRO a few days ago, but the PRO model is an enterprise part that
costs considerably more than the consumer drive we are looking at today. @ TweakTown