OCZ recently launched a new line of portable USB 3.0-powered solid-state drives that offer fast read and write speeds in addition to increased portability.
The new OCZ Enyo drives are plug-and-play drives without the need of drivers, with USB 3.0 SuperSpeed transfers that support up to 260MB/sec read and 200MB/sec write speeds. OCZ said it’s possible to back up 1TB of information in less than 50 minutes. All three drives in the Enyo series also have 64MB of onboard cache, which will help provide even faster speeds.
OCZ is now shipping the drives with 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage capacities. The drives cost $229.99, $409.99, and $819.99, so it will be a while before we will see these drives in wide use in the near future.
The portable SSD is just 10mm thick and has a spiffy aluminum casing with two blue LEDs located on the front side of the drive.
Both USB 3.0 and SSD are seen as products of the future, with USB 3.0 providing transfer speeds up to 10 times faster than current USB 2.0 speeds.
Intel doesn’t plan to utilize USB 3.0 until 2011, and is already showing off a potential successor to the next-gen USB 3.0 technology. Since USB 3.0 is expected to be more widely used than Intel’s Light Peak, I feel more comfortable looking forward to the future that OCZ’s Enyo and other USB 3.0 drives should provide.