Toshiba OCZ RD400 NVMe M.2 SSD ships in up to 1024GB

Posted on Tuesday, May 24 2016 @ 18:18 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
As I wrote a couple of days ago, Toshiba decided to no longer market its OCZ brand as a standalone entity. Future products will be launched under the new Toshiba OCZ brand, as is the case with today's arrival of the Toshiba OCZ RD400 SSD series.

This product was previously known as the RevoDrive 400, it's the first Toshiba NVMe M.2 SSD for the consumer market, it uses four PCIe lanes and it ships in capacities from 128GB to up to 1024GB. Consumers will be able to buy it as a standalone M.2 module or with a PCIe adaptor card.

Performance-wise the RD400 promises read speeds of up to 2600MB/s, write speeds of up to 1600MB/s, up to 210,000 4KB random read IOPS and up to 140,000 4K random write IOPS. Each disk features Toshiba 15nm MLC NAND flash memory and is backed by a 5-year warranty.

The pricing is still unknown.
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a committed technology leader, today announces the Toshiba OCZ RD400 Non-Volatile Memory Express® (NVMe[1]) solid state drive (SSD) series. Designed for cutting-edge notebooks and PCs, the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express® (PCIe® [2]) RD400 series provides improved storage bandwidth and enhanced latency[3] resulting in a fast and responsive computing experience.

Unlike Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) based SSDs utilizing the legacy Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) protocol, NVMe is the first storage protocol designed with SSDs in mind making the RD400 series one of Toshiba’s fastest consumer SSDs to date. Additionally, the RD400’s PCIe Gen3 x4 lane interface shatters the traditional SATA bottleneck by delivering over four times the performance of SATA SSDs[4]. The RD400 series features sequential read/write speeds of up to 2,600 MB/s and 1,600 MB/s and random read/write performance of up to 210,000 and 140,000 4KiB[5] input/output operations per second (IOPS) [6].

“The launch of the new Toshiba OCZ RD400 SSD series delivers enthusiast-level performance in both a compact M.2 and adapter card form factors to provide end-users with high bandwidth and platform flexibility for next-generation NVMe and PCIe mobile and desktop systems,” said Steve Fingerhut, Senior Vice President and GM of SSD BU, at Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. “The RD400 gets back to the OCZ brand’s enthusiast roots and offers power-users, gamers, and professionals a cutting-edge storage solution designed to support demanding consumer applications.”

The RD400 series is targeted at both desktop and notebook users, but the compact M.2 2280 form factor enables ultra-thin notebooks[7] to take advantage of PCIe speeds. Desktop users can still harness the power of the RD400 even if they don’t have an M.2 slot by purchasing the PCIe adaptor card version. Both models will be available in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1024GB[8].

RD400 SSDs feature Toshiba 15nm MLC NAND flash memory and an endurance rating of up to 592TBW[9]. Each drive is backed by a 5-year advanced warranty program[10] that strives to minimize the aggravation surrounding traditional support and warranty claims.


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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