OCZ Vertex 5 solid state drive expected to launch next month (update)

By on April 10, 2013, 12:00 PM

Update: OCZ has confirmed the existence of a new solid state drive in the pipeline that will utilize an updated version of the Barefoot 3 controller alongside 20-nanometer NAND flash. The name of the new drive as well as the launch window is still up in the air, however.

OCZ Technology is pushing forward with a new solid state drive despite hitting a rocky patch last year that resulted in the company letting go nearly a third of their global workforce and discontinuing some 150 product variations. The new SSD is being called the Vertex 5 and may launch as soon as next month, according to TechPowerUp.

The next generation drive would likely be available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities initially. There’s no solid evidence at this point but we are hearing that the Vertex 5 may use the same Barefoot 3 platform as the Vector and could very well implement 20-nanometer MLC NAND flash.

Earlier this year OCZ released a 20-nanometer version of their Vertex 3 SSD. Known as the Vertex 3.20, the drive implements the same feature set found on the original Vertex 3 with smaller NAND flash chips. It’s currently available in 120GB and 240GB capacities with a larger 480GB drive expected in the near future.

As of writing, the 7mm Vector is the company’s top consumer-grade solid state drive. It offers sequential read speeds up to 550MB/s and sequential writes around 530MB/s. Drives feature up to 100,000 IOPS 4K random read and 95,000 IOPS 4K random write and is available in capacities of 128GB, 256GB and 512GB with a five year warranty.

For a limited time, anyone that buys a 128GB or larger Vector SSD is eligible to download a free copy of Far Cry 3 for the PC. The promotion is limited to two downloads per customers (with purchase of two Vector SSDs) and runs through July 14, 2013.




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JC713 JC713 said:

Good stuff. SSDs have reached the max in terms of speeds. All what needs to improve now is reliability.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

Good stuff. SSDs have reached the max in terms of speeds. All what needs to improve now is reliability.

Funny, I was about to say the exact opposite. The reliability of SSD-s is quite good these days, but SATA-3 is the main bottleneck for the speed now, soon to be removed by SATA Express.

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

Capacity/$ is the biggest hurdle atm.

JC713 JC713 said:

Funny, I was about to say the exact opposite. The reliability of SSD-s is quite good these days, but SATA-3 is the main bottleneck for the speed now, soon to be removed by SATA Express.

That is what I meant. I guess I have too be extra specific here lol (nothing intended) .

VitalyT VitalyT said:

Capacity/$ is the biggest hurdle atm.

The competition will take care of this in due course.

captainawesome captainawesome said:

Man I hope their financials have improved - Got a Vertex 4 myself - it's a thing of beauty.

one thing I would like to see from OCZ is a nice Toolbox like Intel and (I think it is) Samsung have to check that everything is happy on your drive.

ATM they just have a firmware updater.

Plus, that Vector is a BEAST Just imagine anything faster than a Vector?!

JC713 JC713 said:

Man I hope their financials have improved - Got a Vertex 4 myself - it's a thing of beauty.

one thing I would like to see from OCZ is a nice Toolbox like Intel and (I think it is) Samsung have to check that everything is happy on your drive.

ATM they just have a firmware updater.

Plus, that Vector is a BEAST Just imagine anything faster than a Vector?!

The Samsung 840 Pro series is faster on paper, but in benchmarks it isnt so. I think they just need to further flatten out the firmware. Too bad the last firmware they issued was just to fix a crashing issue. Also the 830 series never got any firmware updates.

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