Moving ahead, we learned that OCZ will consolidate its SSD offerings and also diversify its businesses by offering PSUs. For PSUs, OCZ is launching their new Fatal1ty gaming series. The new Fatal1ty PSUs are endorsed by world-famous gaming champion Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel and are all 80+ certified and approved for use with Intel’s latest fourth generation Core processors. Three models will be offered starting with a 550W variant, moving to 750W and 1000W.
As for their SSDs, OCZ will be discontinuing its older products such as its Agility series and concentrating their efforts on their high-end and enthusiasts offerings such as the Vertex and Vector series. Going forwards, OCZ will only offer SSDs that are equipped with their own Indilinx Barefoot controllers.
The latest SSD that they have announced is the Vertex 450, and that drive uses a slightly tweaked Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller which OCZ call the M10. It also uses the NAND chips made with newer 20nm manufacturing process.
The Vector will be getting a similar refresh in the coming months. The current Vector drives are equipped with 25nm MLC NAND chips and will also follow in the Vertex 450’s footsteps and move to 20nm chips. The new Vector drive will be called the Vector 150, which we think is a little confusing.
Additionally, OCZ will be launching a new Vector drive called the Vector PCIe. Based on the technologies in OCZ’s older PCIe-based RevoDrive, the Vector PCIe will basically pack two Vector SSDs in RAID 0 on a PCIe card. This means blistering performance of over 900MB/s in sequential reads and writes and random access performance as high as 140,000 IOPs. The drive will be offered in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities.
As we chatted more with one of their Technical Marketing Engineers, we learnt that OCZ wants to wean off third-party controllers and be independent.
Being dependent on third-party controllers from LSI SandForce and Marvell means being subjected to a host of external factors such as supply, costs and issues with firmware development. Therefore using their own Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller is a much simpler and elegant solution, besides OCZ has proven with the Vector that their controller is one of the best in business.
In addition, they are only a handful of client SSD controllers - Samsung, Marvell, LSI SandForce, Link_A_Media - having and using their own controller will further distinguish OCZ from the crowd.