Some may have thought that OCZ's unleashing of the Vertex 3 series of SSDs was going to be its only move for a while, but this assumption has been proven false now that a tweaked version of the line has appeared, although it is not up for grabs for now.
The Vertex 3 series is just one of several series of solid state drives that have been revealed recently, like the Crucial m4 line.
That new storage units of this sort would come forth is not that great a shock in itself, but these newcomers stand ahead because of their use of the SATA 6.0 Gbps interface.
The Vertex 3 line was unleashed near the start of the ongoing month (April, 2011), and its members can operate at up to 520 MB/s when reading and 450 MB/s when writing.
Now, the same company has put together the vertex 3 Max IOPS edition which, as its name implies, had better 4 kB random write performance.
More specifically, the new models can go as high as 75,000 IOPS instead of just 60,000 IOPS.
"Following the successful launch of our Vertex 3 SATA III 6Gbps solid state drives we are pleased to introduce the new Max IOPS edition," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group.
"Vertex 3 Max IOPS drives increase random write performance, and are the ideal storage solution for applications that require high aggregate workloads and increased IO throughput."
The products utilize the SandForce SF-2200 controller, hence their high data rates. They also have support for the TRIM command, which cleans up deleted data and frees up write cycles, preserving performance over time.
With capacities of 120 GB and 240 GB, respectively, the OCZ Vertex Max IOPS are not up for sale yet. Pre-order, on the other hand, can be made for $296.99 and $556.99, respectively.