I just saw the outcome of a year long effort from both the Indilinx and the PLX teams at OCZ: the Vector SSD (pictured above). Unlike the Octane and Vertex 4 drives, the Barefoot 3 controller here uses OCZ's own IP and isn't licensed from Marvell. 

Although the NAND packages are screened with the OCZ logo, you're looking at Micron MLC NAND on this particular board.

The Vector will be shipping in Q4 of this year.

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  • A5 - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - link

    You are aware that this is true of pretty much every SSD on the market, right? Reply
  • FunBunny2 - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - link

    It isn't true of "pretty much every SSD on the market". What OCZ did was implement a dynamic spare area tweak, which isn't SOP with other controllers. It is a scam. Reply
  • semo - Thursday, September 13, 2012 - link

    It is amazing how much a little hearsay can carry a company, even if it is as dodgy as OCZ. People still choose to "support" OCZ even when the big players such as Samsung, Crucial, Intel et al. are providing competitive alternatives Reply
  • Zoomer - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - link

    He's probably referring to performance mode, which gives higher benchmarks when the drive is less than 50% full. That's not likely to be the case in real use and therefore, isn't a good indicator of performance in use cases where the drive is filled more than half. Reply
  • Ammaross - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - link

    Note: the "slower performance" thing was for drives under 256GB (so basically the 60 and 120GB models). The 256 and 512GB drives are unaffected by what you're referring to. Reply
  • lmcd - Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - link

    Which already weren't really intended to be filled, just used as a boot drive really. At least that's what I've seen SSDs in those sizes purchased for. Reply
  • kpo6969 - Thursday, September 13, 2012 - link

    I wonder how the Barefoot 3 controller compares to the Marvell 88SS9187 in the Plextor M5 Pro with Toshiba 19nm Toggle-Mode MLC NAND. Reply
  • etamin - Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - link

    So what's going on with Ryan Peterson's resignation? could this perhaps point to a lack of confidence in Barefoot 3? Reply

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