Hmm, the RAID thing throws a bit of a wrench in the numbers. I assume the capacity is listed as non-mirrored but performance with mirroring? I suppose they could do striping but striping over what? The implementation already depends on many discrete flash chips so in effect you're always striping.
Anyway, this is exciting stuff. I think they'd find a market for smaller units as well. It doesn't take *that* much room to have a full windows or other OS install. Just keep your most favorite apps and data on flash and the rest on HD. Come to think of it, my astro photo application PixInsight would really benefit from putting swap files on this thing.
I sense a fusion IO vs. Z-drive article in the near future......I'm still confident that the fusion will provide better IO, but capacity goes to OCZ with lower price points.
My opinion is that this is just a "gimmick" item anyhow.
“Designed for ultra high performance consumers, the Z-Drive takes the SATA bottleneck out of the equation....."
Yeah....I doubt that. It's still just a good controller card with individual drives on a sata interface in pretty packaging, not that it matters, as a single SSD cannot (yet) max out a SATA channel ( Intel X25-E's are getting close though ) thus having no such "SATA bottleneck". Any enthusiast or IT pro worth there weight in salt could easily custom build these with mid to high end controllers supporting more than just 4 drives and not sacrificing a valuable double wide PCI-E slot in the process.
With that being said, it does have a "coolness factor" along with a 1TB capacity that could make it appealing to those who prefer to buy instead of build.
Anything that moves SSD technology forward gets a "thumbs up" in my book. In fact, I count on "early adopters" to buy things like this to lower the price of future generation solutions.
[citation][nom]Harby[/nom]Of course sata is slower. Thats why its not use for such a device.Sata 3Gb/s (gigabits) translates into about 300MB/s. So this thing would be severely bottlenecked and couldn't even remotely reach its max transfer capabilities.[/citation]
that is a per channel limit, and my belief is this card DOES use the SATA interface for the individual SSD's. No such bottleneck exists right now other than the PCI-E x4 bus itself. You apparently are thinking that this is of similar design and construction to the IO fusion drive, which I am relatively certain it's not, hence the controller card functions. It only makes sense that they would use there existing line of SSD's in this hidden under a pretty cover. I'de be willing to bet it you opened it up, you would find 4 SSD's mounted to a controller card on SATA interfaces. They're just attempting clever marketing. I hope I'm wrong, but I seriously doubt it.