Featuring an on-board RAID 0 design like it's predecessor, the X2 employs four SandForce-1200 controllers to increase data access and bandwidth. OCZ touts the drive series for being bootable, unlike other PCIe SSDs on the market which can only be used for storage purposes. This should allow for even faster start-up and load times, something already enjoyed with traditional SSDs. Capacity will range between 100GB and 960GB, but the performance comes at a price -- the previous model still retails for up to $1000 and above for the higher-storage versions.
While the idea of a PCIe-based SSD may be new to some readers, it's a concept being pushed for more standardized adoption. The "SSD Form Factor Working Group," made up of Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, IBM, and Intel, is looking to make utilizing high-performance storage easier and more cost effective. Areas the group focuses on improving include connectors compatible with SAS/SATA 3.0 and PCIe 3, a 2.5 inch form factor to ensure enclosure flexibility, increased power envelope to support higher drive performance, and hot-plug capability for easier servicing.
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