No case to open up here, just a bare drive in all its glory. It’s nice not to have to void the warranty to see the naked bits.
Installation is snap, just pop it in an available PCI-E 4x or better slot. Be mindful that slot speeds change as more are populated so refer to your motherboard manual for how to configure the installation properly or you could see degraded performance. The drive is comprised of a main PCB board with a daughter board mounted on top. Each sharing half of the NAND and controllers.
For the NAND, OCZ chose to use Micron 25nm MLC flash, which is asynchronous and similar to what we saw with the Agility 3 drive although these have 64Gb die packages rather than 128Gb. These are each 8 GB in density with 64 on board for a total of 512 GB capacity.
As usual, OCZ does their own fabrication and their logo brand is found in multiple places on the PCB as we see here – to the left but centered between two of the four SF-2281 controllers.
With four of the latest generation SandForce SF-2281 controllers on board, there’s no shortage of computing horsepower to handle all of the fun things like TRIM, wear-leveling, real-time encryption, error correction, and data compression along with the other features of SandForce’s patented DuraClass technology.