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OCZ IBIS HSDL 240GB SSD review

You want serious storage performance? You want the 240GB OCZ IBIS HSDL then…

Our Verdict

The IBIS is awesome for the serious storage junky, but its unique RAID-derived technology doesn't always deliver real-world benefits for everyone.

For

  • Ludicrously fast
  • Impressive new storage interface

Against

  • Performance isn't quite faultless
  • It's pricey

It's fashionable among the technologistas to grumble about the quality and performance of solid-state drive controller chipsets. But controllers aren't the only problem with SSD performance; increasingly, storage interfaces are creating a bottleneck.

Enter the OCZ IBIS HSDL 240GB, an ultra-high performance SSD designed to sidestep performance issues related to the SATA I/O interface.

The OCZ IBIS HSDL 240GB does this courtesy of its own unique storage connection. Out goes SATA, in comes OCZ's proprietary High-Speed Data Link or HSDL for short. In simple terms, HSDL is a four-lane PCI Express link. PCI Express 2.0, of course, supports 500MB/s per lane.

Potentially, therefore, HSDL can manage a massive 2GB/s of raw storage bandwidth. This first incantation of HSDL is PCIE 1.1 and thus half that speed, but on paper it's still a fair bit quicker than SATA.

As for the SSD part of the package, the IBIS packs 240GB of flash memory and no less than four SandForce SF-1200 controllers. There's also a Silicon Image RAID controller. The whole ensemble acts like four high end SSDs in a fast RAID 0 array. It's a bit like a quartet of OCZ's SandForce-powered Vertex 2 drives squeezed into a single 3.5-inch box.

Unsurprisingly, the headline performance claims are utterly spectacular. OCZ claims maximum read and write performance of 740MB/s and 720MB/s respectively. Then again, at over £500 for a 240GB drive, serious fireworks are expected

Tech Specs

Product TypeSolid State Drive
Product FamilySolid
Drive InterfaceHSDL
Drive Width3.5"
Brand NameOCZ Storage Solutions
Storage Capacity240 GB
Maximum Read Transfer Rate740 MBps
Maximum Write Transfer Rate720 MBps
Height25.4 mm
Width101.6 mm
Depth146 mm
ManufacturerOCZ Storage Solutions, Inc.
Product ModelOCZ3HSD1IBS1-240G
Product NameIBIS OCZ3HSD1IBS1-240G MLC Solid State Drive
Package TypeRetail
Product LineSolid
Manufacturer Part NumberOCZ3HSD1IBS1-240G
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.ocztechnology.com
Marketing Information

The OCZ IBIS Series redefines desktop storage and surpasses at the limitations currently placed on not only hard drives, but other SSDs. As the first SSD to make use of the trailblazing HSDL interface, the IBIS delivers dominating performance for a faster, more responsive PC experience that is bootable to run the latest OS. Developed for blazing speeds to increase productivity for an enhanced computing experience, the IBIS is capable of delivering 750MB/s read/write speeds and up to 125,000 random write IOPS. Each IBIS features a robust 3.5" aluminum housing and is bundled with a single port HSDL adapter card.

Weight (Approximate)339 g