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OCZ Announces Intrepid 3700 SSD Series

By - Source: OCZ Storage Solutions

OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba Group Company, announced the new Intrepid 3700 Series SSD today. The newest model in the Intrepid family utilizes the hardened OCZ Everest 2 platform, which is a combination of the Marvell 88SS9187 SSD controller and OCZ's own proprietary firmware. The new SSD offers more capacity than other models in the 3000 Series with 240 GB, 480 GB, 960 GB and 1,920 GB available in the standard 2.5" form factor. 

The 6 Gbps SATA Intrepid 3700 offers 540/470 MBps of sequential read/write speed, and 91,000/13,000 random read/write IOPS. The 3700 is rated for 1 Drive Write Per Day (DWPD) of endurance for the five-year warranty period. This is ample endurance for the majority of read-centric workloads, such as online archiving, media streaming, Video On Demand (VOD), VDI, and web browsing applications.

The Intrepid offers Power Loss Protection (PLP), which flushes any data in cache to the underlying media in the event of unexpected host power loss, along with an internal RAID function. This internal parity scheme recovers data if the SSD cannot recover it with the normal ECC routines. The Intrepid also offers end-to-end data protection to ensure data integrity as an additional safeguard. The SSD also features an MTBF of 2 million hours and a Bit Error Rate (BER) of 1 per 1017.

The OCZ Intrepid 3000 Series also includes the 3600 and 3800 models. The Intrepid 3800 fulfills the high-endurance role with eMLC and ample overprovisioning for write-centric workloads. The 3600's healthy dollop of overprovisioning allows OCZ to deliver 1 DWPD of endurance, and extra performance, with standard client-grade Toshiba 19 nm MLC.

The Intrepid 3700 steps in with similar endurance to the 3600, but with the notable addition of more user-addressable capacity in the mid-range, and the highest total capacity at nearly 2 TB. The 3700 leverages the new enterprise-class Toshiba A19 nm eMLC NAND to deliver the same endurance, but without the need for an unaddressable pool of spare NAND. The extra addressable capacity makes the 3700 more cost-competitive on a price-per-GB basis, but it results in reduced write performance.

“Datacenter customers have asked for larger solid state drives that do not make any sacrifices in performance or endurance to address the need to manage the ever growing amounts of data being generated by today’s computing environments,” said Daryl Lang, CTO at OCZ Storage Solutions. “Our new Intrepid 3700 Series is designed to meet these market requirements for an easy to deploy solid state solution that delivers the very best balance of features, endurance, and capacity.” 

All Intrepid 3700 Series models are available now through OCZ’s global channel of authorized enterprise solution resellers.