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OCZ Launches Vector Indilinx Barefoot 3 SSD, First All In-House Design 122

MojoKid writes "Not many SSD controller manufacturers have been able to compete with the likes of SandForce and the myriad of SATA drives from various OEMs on the market that are based on their technology. However, OCZ took a different approach recently when they acquired SSD controller manufacturer Indilinx and PCI Express Switch maker PLX. Today the company took the wraps of their new Vector line of SSDs. The Vector is the first drive from OCZ to utilize only technologies developed by the unified Indilinx, PLX, and OCZ teams (except for the actual NAND flash), since the acquisitions. The Vector is based on the new INDILINK Barefoot 3 controller, which in terms of its features and specifications, looks competitive with some of the fastest drives on the market currently. In the benchmarks, the drive's IOMeter and CrystalDiskMark scores line up well and OCZ is offering a 5 year warranty on the product."
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OCZ Launches Vector Indilinx Barefoot 3 SSD, First All In-House Design

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  • by Joce640k ( 829181 ) on Wednesday November 28, 2012 @12:50PM (#42119425) Homepage

    We've reached a point where benchmarks don't mean much to me. They're all fast enough.

    What I want to know is how reliable is it? All new tech, all new driver chips? I think I'll let other people be the guinea pigs for this...

  • by PlusFiveTroll ( 754249 ) on Wednesday November 28, 2012 @01:02PM (#42119631) Homepage

    All the six drives ive had started going bad by returning corrupted data (no errors shown on SMART, just bluescreens).
    Never buy lifetime warrantied products from eithe of those companies. Patriot refused my lifetime warrantied drive by claiming it was damaged in the mail and OCZ just flat out refused claiming the drives werent currently manufactured (although under warranty).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnuson%E2%80%93Moss_Warranty_Act [wikipedia.org]

    Anytime a manufacture tries to dick with me about a warranty I name toss the above, along with FTC, Postmaster General, and the State Attorney General. Sorry, you can't advertize a warranty then say it doesn't exist. The Patriot one is a little harder to deal with, regular HDD manufactures look for any reason in shipping to void your warranty, so make sure you follow their packing directions. When the manufactures do try and mess with me, I make sure there newegg and amazon product lists get the message. Of course, when I get treated well, I make sure everyone knows about it too.

  • by Joce640k ( 829181 ) on Wednesday November 28, 2012 @01:10PM (#42119713) Homepage

    I want it to last five years without needing to return it under warranty.

  • Re:I wouldn't. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by virgnarus ( 1949790 ) on Wednesday November 28, 2012 @01:22PM (#42119907)

    People who've suffered through an OCZ or cheap garden-variety SSDs are the reason why I've had to deal with a lot of FUD circulating about SSDs. The contrast in reliability from an OCZ to something like a Samsung is so black and white, which is an unfortunate circumstance for us who have used solid SSDs for even enterprise operations and are trying to cure these individuals of their woes. Often it stems from people who go compulsive shopping for SSDs and purchase the aforementioned because they want a quick and economic entry into SSD technology (testing the waters). Or they opt for something like an OCZ because they are gamers and not PC savvy and just go straight for the big numbers and benchmark results (same people that buy cheap PSUs). Either way it stems from ignorance, and if there wasn't so much disparity in quality between SSD brands there shouldn't be that much of a deal, but there is, so people start throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

  • "utilize" (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Onymous Coward ( 97719 ) on Wednesday November 28, 2012 @03:26PM (#42121733) Homepage

    To convert to practical use. Not simply to use.

    Simply using:

    Mike used the toothbrush.

    Versus turning something to practical use:

    Mike utilized the popsicle stick and onion bag from the trash, making an ad hoc toothbrush.

    So our summary instead reads:

    The Vector is the first drive from OCZ to use only technologies developed by the unified Indilinx, PLX, and OCZ teams.

When I left you, I was but the pupil. Now, I am the master. - Darth Vader