Things are really moving quickly in the solid state disk (SSD) market. On July 1, OCZ shook the storage market with its new OCZ Core Series SSDs which were priced at $169, $259, and $479 respectively for 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB models -- street prices were actually a bit lower after a mail-in rebate that OCZ offered on the drives.
The other key selling point -- besides the price -- for the drives were their rather remarkable performance ratings. The drives featured read speeds of 120 to 143 MB/sec and write speeds of 80 to 93 MB/sec.
OCZ is not resting on its success with the OCZ Core Series and today announced its brand new Core Series V2 SSDs. With the Core Series V2 drives, OCZ not only ratcheted up the storage capacity, but also performance.
The SSDs will be available in 30GB, 60GB, 120GB, and 250GB storage capacities. In addition, read speeds have increased to 170MB/sec while write speeds are now listed at 98MB/sec across the whole product family.
Another interesting feature of the drives is the addition of a mini-USB port which allows end-users to increase the performance of their drives with future firmware updates from OCZ.
"OCZ continues the trend of enabling consumers with the latest in cutting edge solid state disc technology with the introduction of the new Core V2 SSD," said OCZ Technology CEO Ryan Petersen. "As SSD technology progresses, OCZ will continue to release updated and enhanced solutions to ensure our customers stay on the leading edge. The new Core V2 drives offer consumers and system integrators increased capacities up to 250GB, improved read and write performance and faster seek time, all coupled with a new mini USB port empowering customers with the ability to further improve performance and compatibility by updating firmware in the future."
Pricing and availability for the Core Series V2 SSDs aren't known at this time, but DailyTech will keep you informed as more information rolls in.
quote: *Consumers may see a discrepancy between reported capacity and actual capacity; the storage industry standard is to display capacity in decimal. However, the operating system usually calculates capacity in binary format, causing traditional HDD and SSD to show a lower capacity in Windows. In the case of SSDs, some of the capacity is reserved for formatting and redundancy for wear leveling. These reserved areas on an SSD may occupy up to 5% of the drive’s storage capacity. On the Core V2 Series the new naming convention reflects this and the 30 is equivalent to 32GB, the 60 is equivalent to the 64GB and so on.
quote: Well, actually, hard drive manufacturers are right, "giga" means 10^9, not 2^30... It's the OS that usually gets it wrong. Sure it's been nice thing to lie about it long ago because 1024~1000, but it ain't so no more.
quote: Fact is, data on a hard drive is stored binarily.
quote: Mind you, digital systems are hardly "all binary", as you stated - its enough to look at e.g. network speeds. Lots of inconsistency there :)
quote: p.s manufacturers do write the unformatted correct amount on the hdd, a 40GB HD regardless of what filesystem it is using has 40x1000K of space for use. And you whole speil about overhead (how much space different filesystems take) is pointless,
quote: These reserved areas on an SSD may occupy up to 5% of the drive’s storage capacity. On the Core V2 Series the new naming convention reflects this and the 30 is equivalent to 32GB, the 60 is equivalent to the 64GB and so on.
quote: The argument of SI giga (10^9) versus SI gibi (2^30) is pointless, everyone uses the defacto standard of giga to mean 2^30, so the whole SI unit thing is a waste of time.