While the speeds of graphics cards, memory, and CPUs continue to increase it seems solid state drive speeds have been bottlenecked for a while now. With that we have seen storage start to move over to the PCI-Express bus as it is closer to the CPU and that brought with it the NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) protocol. NVMe drives are currently some of the fastest storage options out there for consumers and we took a look at our first NVMe product, the Intel 750, not that long ago. Well now it is Toshiba’s turn with their OCZ RD400. Toshiba has turned OCZ into their “enthusiast brand” so new products will still hold the OCZ name, but they are indeed Toshiba products. The OCZ RD400 has sequential read and write speeds up to 2600 MB/s and 1600 MB/s respectively. Let’s see what it is all about!
Special thanks to Toshiba for sending us the OCZ RD400 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive to review.
TOSHIBA’s new OCZ RD400 SSD redefines high performance storage for enthusiasts and hardcore gamers that feel held back by commodity storage hardware. With over 200,000 IOPS @4KiB of random read performance at your beck and call, the OCZ RD400 will be your next high-end system.
Get in the PCI Express Lane
Why keep using an interface that was designed for hard disk drives? PCI Express revolutionizes flash storage for tomorrow’s high-speed computing age. The OCZ RD400 boosts bandwidth and puts your data in the fast lane leaving SATA SSDs in the dust.
Utilizing NVMe technology, the OCZ RD400 reduces latency in your system’s I/O path between the drive and your CPU, resulting in smooth and responsive performance.
Good Things Come in Small Packages
The OCZ RD400’s compact M.2 2280 form factor packs in high performance and up to 1024GB of storage capacity, enabling high-end desktop speeds to exist not only in your notebook, but directly on your motherboard without taking up a PCIe slot.
Flexibility for the Future
If you want to harness the power of NVMe now but don’t want to upgrade your motherboard yet, the OCZ RD400 is available with an M.2 PCIe adaptor add-in-card. This option allows your investment to go the distance when you opt for an M.2 platform in the future.
The OCZ RD400 comes in nice retail box that is branded as OCZ, but of course you have the Toshiba logo on there as well. On the front there is a picture of the unit and it lets us know the capacity, which is 512GB. Currently the RD400 is available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities.
Flipping the box over some of the main features of the RD400 are listed along with more in-depth details.
Getting everything out of the box we have the OCZ RD400 solid state drive, a half-height bracket, and a user’s guide.