Late last year Toshiba announced its intentions to acquire OCZ's assets for $35 million in cash. The offer came after OCZ filed for bankruptcy, following a year of corporate challenges not to mention the difficulties of being an independent SSD manufacturer in a crowded market. Toshiba faces challenges of its own, although not financial. Despite being a large player in the NAND industry, Toshiba hasn't been able to produce the sort of success rival Samsung has been able to in client or enterprise SSD markets. Unlike many acquisitions in the tech industry, the Toshiba/OCZ deal actually seems to make a lot of sense. OCZ needs NAND and cash, while Toshiba needs competitive SSDs in the market. I spoke with OCZ's CEO Ralph Schmitt on...

OCZ Vertex 4 Review (256GB, 512GB)

Thirteen months ago OCZ announced its intention to acquire Indilinx, the SSD controller maker that gave Intel its first taste of competition in the consumer market in 2009. Eight...

126 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/4/2012

Corsair TX vs. OCZ ZT 550W

In this review we will compare two almost identical products from OCZ and Corsair. Even so, there are still some differences between the offerings. With 550W both PSUs deliver...

42 by Martin Kaffei on 3/26/2012

OCZ Releases 180GB and 360GB Models of Agility 3

Today OCZ added two more capacities to their Agility 3 lineup: 180GB and 360GB. Agility 3 isn't the first SSD series to feature such SSD capacities, but more often...

26 by Kristian Vättö on 2/29/2012

Understanding TLC NAND

In almost every SSD review we have published, Anand has mentioned how an SSD is the biggest performance upgrade you can make today. Why would anyone use regular hard...

91 by Kristian Vättö on 2/23/2012

OCZ Octane 1.13 Firmware Update: Improving 4KB Random Write Performance

The one thing that OCZ has been missing for so many years is finally one of its staples: focus. The same company that dabbled in everything from brain mice...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/9/2012

OCZ Releases Firmware Update for Octane, Increases Random Write Performance

OCZ released a firmware update for its Octane SSD series. The update carries a version number 1.13 and OCZ claims substantial random write improvements. To refresh everyone's memory on...

7 by Kristian Vättö on 1/23/2012

OCZ Scores an Ultrabook Design Win for Everest: LG Super Ultrabook Z300

OCZ is on a roll at CES this year. It just announced LG's Super Ultrabook Z300 will ship with a 256GB mSATA Indilinx Everest based SSD. I'm still trying...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

OCZ Z-Drive R4 CloudServ (RM1616) Features Sixteen SandForce Controllers

The Z-Drive R4 is a PCIe SSD available in 4 and 8-controller versions targeted squarely at the enterprise. Apparently some of OCZ's customers wanted an even beefier version, which...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

OCZ's 4TB 3.5" Chiron SSD

Take four Indilinx Everest controllers, put them behind custom OCZ FPGAs that implement its own VCA (RAID-like) architecture and you've got the Chiron. The complete enclosure provides support for...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

OCZ's Portable Thunderbolt SSD: Lightfoot

I mentioned earlier that we'll be seeing more Thunderbolt devices at CES this year, but what I wasn't expecting was for one of those devices to be made by...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

OCZ's Indilinx Everest 2 Launching in June 2012, Features Vastly Improved Random Performance

OCZ has a lot to show off this year at CES/Storage Visions, but the most exciting product from a client standpoint is its new Everest 2 controller. While the...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

OCZ & Marvell Create Native PCIe SSD Controller, Z-Drive R5 to Debut Next Week

Just a couple of months after launching its first SATA based SSD controller developed in-house, OCZ is announcing a PCIe based SSD controller co-developed with Marvell. The controller is...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/6/2012

OCZ Octane 128GB SSD Review

Earlier this year OCZ acquired Indilinx, one of the first SSD controller makers to really make a splash in the enthusiast community. Ever since OCZ entered the SSD business...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/28/2011

Updated: OCZ's Petrol SSD: More Affordable Indilinx Everest

Last month OCZ introduced the Octane, its first SSD based on the now in-house Indilinx Everest controller. The drive did reasonably well in our tests and was priced competitively...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/13/2011

The OCZ Octane Review (512GB)

I have to hand it to OCZ's CEO, Ryan Petersen, I never thought he'd turn the company around in the way that he did. When I first met Ryan...

75 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/23/2011

OCZ's Octane: Initial Performance Results

Last month OCZ finally unveiled the fruits of its Indilinx acquisition: the OCZ Octane SSD. Based on the Indilinx Everest platform, the Octane was to be OCZ's more affordable...

50 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/22/2011

Newegg Giving A 15% Discount on Any OCZ SSD

Update: Apparently, the sale was only valid for one day (November 16th), meaning that the coupon code no longer works. Newegg is having a sale and they are giving a...

37 by Kristian Vättö on 11/16/2011

LSI Announces Agreement to Acquire SandForce

For much of the past year I've been hearing SandForce wanted to be bought. The price? $300M - $400M. A bit too rich for OCZ's blood, but a figure...

27 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/26/2011

OCZ's Octane SSD: Indilinx Everest, Up to 1TB in a Consumer Drive

In March, OCZ signed a definitive agreement to acquire Indilinx, the SSD controller company that pretty much dominated the value segment in 2009 before Intel got aggressive on pricing...

58 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/20/2011

SandForce Identifies Firmware Bug Causing BSOD Issue, Fix Available Today

After months of end user complaints, SandForce has finally duplicated, verified and provided a fix for the infamous BSOD/disconnect issue that affected SF-2200 based SSDs. The root cause is...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/17/2011

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