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OCZ releases new Vertex 450 Series of SSDs

New solid-state drives from OCZ feature Barefoot 3 M10 controller as well as 20nm NAND flash.

OCZ today announced the release of their new line of solid-state drives, the Vertex 450 series. The company is hoping that the new SSDs will bridge the gap between high performance and mainstream storage, and have subsequently updated the controller and NAND flash.

The new drives replace the 25nm NAND flash found on the inside of the Vertex 4 series with a 20nm process geometry, leading to up to 540MB/s read530MB/s write and a 4k random write performance of up to 90,000 IOPS (compared to 85,000 IOPS on the Vertex 4). The new drives are also outfitted with the latest Barefoot 3 M10 Series controller, which adds AES-256 encryption and a power-optimized clock.

The overall combination of controller and 20nm NAND supposedly offer a cost-effective solution for mainstream users according to the company's release, but that's difficult to judge with no price tag announced yet. The new drives will be available in capacities ranging from 128GB to 512GB and will ship at an unspecified date in the coming months.


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Omar Qudsi, 2013-05-25 (Update: 2013-05-25)