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OCZ looks to Samsung for its latest solid-state drives

Earlier this week, DailyTech reported that Intel is hard at work on its next generation SATA II solid-state disks (SSDs). Intel's Troy Winslow said in a CNET interview that the next generation 80GB and 160GB multi-level cell (MLC) SSDs would most definitely be faster than offerings currently sampling from Samsung.

Winslow was referring to Samsung's recently announced 128GB SATA II SSDs which will begin shipping to customers during Q2. The drives use MLC NAND technology and offer read/write speeds of 100MB/sec and 70MB/sec respectively.

OCZ Technology is looking to throw its hat into the ring with an ultra-fast SATA II drive of its own. Customers looking for high-speed SSDs in 32GB and 64GB capacities will be happy to know that OCZ's new drives will offer read speeds of 120MB/sec and write speeds of 100MB/sec thanks to speedier single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash.

OCZ's drives look remarkably similar to Samsung's SSD flash drives and the read/write speeds match up perfectly with Samsung's 64GB SATA II SSD. Suffice to say, OCZ sources its latest SSDs from Samsung.

"There are many benefits of solid state drive technology over traditional disk drives including superior speed, reliability, and power savings," said OCZ Technology Executive Vice President Alex Mei. "Our newest SATA II drives are designed to further extend the advantages of this technology offering enhanced performance for high-end mobile solutions."

While the OCZ SSDs may be nothing more than Samsung units with its name slapped onto the front, OCZ's offering will have a significant advantage: retail availability. Samsung's 64GB SATA II drives are hard to come by on the retail market unless you purchase a notebook that already has one installed. OCZ's drive, on the other hand, will be available from a number of online retailers.

OCZ claims the MSRP for the 32GB and 64GB drives are $599 and $1099, respectively. The drives will start appearing at retailers like Newegg in the coming weeks. 

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RE: Affordability
By ImSpartacus on 3/12/2008 9:49:06 PM , Rating: 5
They just need to keep getting more and more of them out then. Thats just about the only way. Increase in supply with decreased demand equals lower prices. I don't know how they is any demand for any of these. How could someone rationalize paying that much?

RE: Affordability
By daftrok on 3/12/2008 11:09:08 PM , Rating: 4
I ask that same question to Mac users.

RE: Affordability
By thornburg on 3/13/2008 9:44:37 AM , Rating: 2
I ask that same question to Mac users.

I used to feel exactly that way. When people would ask me, "What about a Mac?" as a follow up to asking for my advice on computers, I would answer "Macs are nice, and they are essentially immune to viruses and spyware, but they cost twice as much for similar specs." Now, I've been a tech supporting a mixed Mac/PC environment for a couple of years, and I've got to say, the Macs are looking better every day.

Here's why: It is far harder for a Mac user to totally screw up their computer. Yes, that doesn't apply to 90% of the DailyTech crowd, because you have at least half a clue, but when your Aunt Sarah asks you what to get, tell her that a base-level MacBook is $999, and it is a great machine for her. You will save yourself hours of free tech support, and save her hours of frustration. IMO, the higher user-happiness could easily be worth the extra $500.

RE: Affordability
By daftrok on 3/13/2008 12:46:47 PM , Rating: 1
Or you can just say the following:
1) What screen size do you want?
2) What battery life are you hoping for?
3) Get at least 2.1 GHz in speed, 2 GB of RAM, at least 120GB HDD, get 802.11 a/b/g/n and bluetooth (DVD burning is pretty much standard, get that too)
4) Do you game? No? Don't change a thing.

1) If you don't feel like dealing with Vista just get Windows XP its dirt cheap for college students
2) Get Office 2003 or if you've seen Office 2007 and don't mind its new way get that
3) AVG Free. Antivirus. Booya.
4) Windows firewall is decent or get ZoneAlarm or Comodos, whichever you like.
5) Ad-aware doesn't hurt to run once in a while to make sure spam doesn't eat your computer's intestines
6) Mozilla. Nuff said.

All that can be run through in about 1/2 hour and uninstalling Vista and reinstalling XP should take 1-2 hours. Most people would consider that worth NOT spending the extra 500 dollars...I mean seriously 2 grand for a 15 inch laptop are you frigging kidding me?!

RE: Affordability
By tmouse on 3/13/2008 1:18:16 PM , Rating: 3
Here's why: It is far harder for a Mac user to totally screw up their computer.

I do not know about that here is a tale from my IT trench:

There was a professor I knew who actually dragged his Mac hard drive icon to the trash, and answered yes when the do you want to do this? box came up. That was the old way of ejecting CDs which I guess he thought he was doing. On the reboot the Mac gave the unhappy face... A VERY unhappy face indeed (self lobotomy)

RE: Affordability
By Egglick on 3/13/2008 12:59:31 AM , Rating: 2
SSD prices have virtually nothing to do with the balance of supply and demand. Prices are currently so high that there is no statistically significant demand to speak of.

Once material and manufacturing costs drop to where it's reasonable to use SSDs in iPods and higher-end laptops, THEN you will see demand have an effect on price.

RE: Affordability
By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 3/13/2008 8:18:15 AM , Rating: 2
More demand drives up prices. I think you mean that you will see Supply have an effect on prices (drives them down.)

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