According to Fudzilla and Softpedia, OCZ plans launching a range of USB 3.0 SSDs in May, the OCZ Enyo, which will feature a slimline case with a USB 3.0 Micro B connection and capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. 

The 64GB features 225MB/s read, 135MB/s write and 40MB/s sustained write speeds, while the 128GB and 256GB models both feature 260MB/s read, 200MB/s write and 150MB/s sustained write speeds.  All the drives have 64MB of on-board cache.  So far no other information or pricing is available at this time of writing as the drive has not yet been finalised.

According to Fudzilla, OCZ should soon start shipping the Enyo SSD. Based on MLC (multi-level cell) NAND Flash memory chips, the device will have an on-board cache memory of 64MB and a USB 3.0 micro B connector interface. The specifications aren’t perfectly known for now, but, considering the maximum data rates of 5Gbps achievable on the connection, one can speculate on the maximum read and write speeds.

Source: Softpedia

It’s nice to see new USB 3.0 devices being announced, although at this time it doesn’t really make much sense to invest in a USB 3.0 SSD unless portability and high transfer speeds of small files are essential.  With Enyo 64GB drive having a sustained write speed of just 40GB/s, it’s unclear what the advantage of this one would be over traditional USB 3.0 HDD, apart from faster read and seek performance. For example, most users use external drives for bulk copying of data, where transfer rates are important, where as a modern OS such as Windows 7 carries out a lot of random I/O operations on the drive it’s installed on, where fast seek performance is a benefit over faster transfer rates.

With its sleek look, it will be interesting to see what its actual dimensions are.  As we mentioned in a previous story of the Buffalo USB 3.0 SSD, NAND chips can be easily rearranged, allowing for much slimmer compact drives than external drives built around traditional 1.8″, 2.5″ and 3.5″ form factors.

So far no pricing information has been announced at this time.

   
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