Barefoot 3

Today OCZ is introducing the first SATA drive featuring a technology that may be the next big thing for enterprise SSDs. Referred to by OCZ as "Host Managed SSD" technology (HMS) and known elsewhere in the industry by the buzzword "Storage Intelligence", the general idea is to let the host computer know more about what's going on inside the SSD and to have more influence over how the SSD controller goes about its business. Standardization efforts have been underway for more than a year in the committees for SAS, SATA, and NVMe, but OCZ's implementation is a pre-standard design that may not be compatible with what is eventually ratified. To provide some degree of forwards compatibility, OCZ is releasing an open-source abstraction library to provide...

The OCZ Vector 180 (240GB, 480GB & 960GB) SSD Review

OCZ has been teasing the Vector 180 for quite some time now. The first hint of the drive was unveiled over nine months ago at Computex 2014 where OCZ...

89 by Kristian Vättö on 3/24/2015

OCZ Releases Important Firmware Updates for ARC 100 & Radeon R7 SSDs

A little less than two weeks ago OCZ released mandatory firmware updates for the ARC 100 and Radeon R7 SSDs, so I figured I would give the owners a...

15 by Kristian Vättö on 2/9/2015

OCZ Suite Tour: Vector 180, JetExpress PCIe NVMe Controller & Z-Drive 6000

While the Barefoot 3 platform is already a couple of years old, it is still going strong. OCZ has been in the process of adopting Toshiba's latest A19nm to...

26 by Kristian Vättö on 1/9/2015

AMD Radeon R7 SSD (240GB) Review

In 2011 AMD took the first step in expanding the Radeon brand and partnered with Patriot and VisionTek to provide AMD branded memory. With the launch of the Radeon...

53 by Kristian Vättö on 8/28/2014

OCZ ARC 100 (240GB) SSD Review

OCZ launched the Barefoot 3 platform and the Vector SSDs in late 2012, and with their new direction OCZ has been trying to change their image to become a...

54 by Kristian Vättö on 8/26/2014

AMD Jumps Into the SSD Market: Radeon R7 Series SSD Launched

Back in 2011, AMD made a rather unexpected move and expanded its Radeon brand to include memory in addition to graphics cards. With today's announcement AMD is adding another...

43 by Kristian Vättö on 8/19/2014

OCZ Launches ARC 100 Value SSD

The release of the Vector marked as a change in OCZ's strategy. With a new CEO, OCZ's goal was to change the company's brand image from being a low-cost...

15 by Kristian Vättö on 8/13/2014

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