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OCZ Debuts 1TB 2.5-inch SSDs

OCZ has announced two new SSDs with a capacity of 1TB, one of them featuring a 6Gbps interface and the other - the Octane-S2 - a 3Gbps model.

They will both use Indilinx Everest hardware which promises to deliver up to 45K IOPS, and OCZ will use its own proprietary page mapping algorithms to finetune performance.

They will also have a dual core controller chip and up to a staggering 512MB cache, which is eight times more than their HDD counterparts.

OCZ has confirmed that 128GB, 256GB and 512GB models will be available with full AES encryption supported on the fly.

As for performance, expect the Octane to reach 560MBps on reads and 400MBps on writes with the lower specced S2 delivering 275MBps on reads and 265MBps on writes.

Pricing has yet to be announced but is expected to be between $1500 and $2000. As for availability, the drives will go on sale in the US in November with other territories likely to follow.

Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology, said "Until now SSDs have been tailored for specific applications, forcing users into a product which maximizes performance for a narrow band of applications, but is significantly lacking in others," adding "the Octane Series solves this problem by providing the highest level of performance across varied workloads including mixed file sizes and mixed compressible and uncompressible data, all while nearly doubling NAND flash endurance."

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.