In mid-August, DailyTech was one of the first to break the news of OCZ's Core Series V2 SSDs. The announcement of the Core Series V2 product family came as quite a shock considering that the original Core Series was launched not long ago on July 1.
OCZ's Core Series V2 SSDs feature read speeds of 170MB/sec and write speeds of 98MB/sec. The 2.5" drives -- which are aimed primarily as replacement for notebook hard drives -- are available in capacities of 30GB, 60GB, 120GB, and 250GB.
After a couple of weeks of waiting, at least one member of the new Core Series V2 family is available online: the 60GB model. Newegg lists the OCZSSD2-2C60G for $299 -- a $60 manufacturer's rebate drops the price down to a more palatable $239.
For comparison, original 64GB Core Series SSD (OCZSSD2-1C64G) is priced at $254 on Newegg. Like its newer brother, the older model also comes with a $60 manufacturer rebate which drops the price to $194. The older 64GB SSD feature slower read and write speeds of 143MB/sec and 93MB/sec respectively. It also lacks the built-in mini-USB port for firmware upgrades.
While it's great that prices for the original Core Series are falling, it should be noted that a number of issues have cropped up with the drives. A number of owners have reported corruption and stuttering problems with the SSDs on the OCZ Flash Products Support Forums and OCZ is currently gathering reports from owners experiencing stuttering issues and problems with multi-tasking.
Laptop Magazine also confirmed the performance issues with OCZ's original Core Series SSDs, while some are even experiencing the same problems with the new Core Series V2 drives (the new drives were released in Europe before making an appearance in the U.S.).
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