We stopped by OCZ's suite at Aria to check out what they had on tap for 2012. The highlight of our time with OCZ was their next-generation Everest 2 NAND flash controller platform. Set for release next June, the SATA 6Gb/s interface boasts preliminary numbers of 550MB/s read and 500MB/s write with up to 90,000 4K random write IOPS. These IOPS are a good bit higher than SandForce 2000 series controllers are capable of.
OCZ demoed the Everest 2 for us using IOmeter, CrystalDiskMark and AS SSD. In each case, the drive outperformed the products it was going up against, such as Patriot’s Pyro and Corsair’s Force 3. Products based on this controller will support capacities up to 2TB in a 2.5-inch form factor, although we will have to wait until June 2012 to get our hands on one.
OCZ had multiple other products on hand like the Z-Drive R5 and the “Lightfoot” portable SSD with Thunderbolt Technology that resembles the Enyo USB 3.0 portable SSD released a few years ago, but the majority of other offerings were enterprise solutions that were outside the scope of what we typically cover. One example of this was the Z-Drive CloudServ RM1616, featuring performance up to 6.5GB/sec and over 1.4 million IOPS. As you can see in the photo, this configuration had no trouble reaching the rated IOPS.
As for power supplies, the Fatal1ty 1000 watt unit was the only new model on display. After abandoning their DRAM line a year ago and obviously slowing back on power supply production, it’s clear that OCZ has their sights focused solely on making solid state drives in 2012.