Print 71 comment(s) - last by Spectator.. on Jul 22 at 1:11 PM

OCZ brings a new low to SSD pricing

NAND flash manufacturers have been promising lower prices for solid state drives (SSDs) for quite some time now. We've only just recently seen some serious price erosion on modern, SATA-II flash drives.

Super Talent turned quite a few heads when it announced its MasterDrive MX series of SSDs in early May. The 30GB, 60GB, and 128GB drives have an MSRP of $299, $449, and $649 respectively (although online retailers like Newegg currently stock the drives for a bit less money). The MLC-based drives feature a rather impressive read speed of 120MB/sec, but the write speeds lag far behind at just 40MB/sec.

OCZ is looking to trump Super Talent push down-market with faster SSDs at even lower price points. The company today announced its new Core Series 2.5" SSDs which are the most affordable, large-capacity SSDs that we've seen to date. The 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB models are priced at $169, $259, and $479 respectively -- the drives also feature a two-year warranty.

And unlike the Super Talent MX SSDs, these new Core series doesn't give up much in terms of speed to its more expensive rivals. OCZ is projecting read speeds of 120 to 143 MB/sec and write speeds of 80 to 93 MB/sec. All Core Series SSDs feature a mean time before failure (MTBF) of 1.5 million hours.

"SSDs offer higher performance, reliability, and energy efficiency than conventional HDDs but the cost variance has limited adoption of vastly superior SSD technology, until now," said OCZ Technology CEO Ryan Petersen. "It is our mission to deliver the highest performance products to consumers at reasonable prices, and with the release of the Core Series SSDs we have done exactly that."

OCZ did not specify an exact launch date for the new drives, but given that pricing has already been announced, the drives will likely hit the market very shortly.

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

By FITCamaro on 7/1/2008 9:34:41 AM , Rating: -1
Still a horrible cost per gigabyte but those aren't bad prices for an SSD. My main concern with SSDs still lies in the livelyhood of the drives. My oldest drives are a pair of 160GB drives which I got 5 years ago. I want to know an SSD can at least match that.

RE: Wow
By Tryek25 on 7/1/2008 9:36:23 AM , Rating: 2
We can now say we were around back in the day when SSDs used to be thousands =) Pricing is a lot lower than even a six months ago but it still seems like a big price tag compared to the usual magnetic storage.

RE: Wow
By aliasfox on 7/1/2008 9:45:30 AM , Rating: 3
Big price tag, yes, but it's come down to a point that's low enough where most people who really want SSD storage can afford to get it. At $400 more than magnetic storage for 120-odd GB, what's to say that there won't be a fair number of people buying a $1400 laptop instead of a $1000 laptop?

Personally, I'm just not sure what the limited write lifetime of flash memory means for a boot drive/daily use HD. I don't expect my laptop HDs to last more than 3 yrs of constant travel/use, but if this is can last twice that long, it would easily be in my consideration set (I keep my machines a long time).

RE: Wow
By therealnickdanger on 7/1/2008 9:59:21 AM , Rating: 5
What's funny is that I spent ~$500 on two 10,000RPM 36GB Raptors several years ago... so buying two 64GB units for ~$500 doesn't faze me one bit! Not only are they 2x larger, much quieter, but much, MUCH quicker!

RE: Wow
By 91TTZ on 7/1/08, Rating: -1
RE: Wow
By legoman666 on 7/1/2008 12:12:23 PM , Rating: 2
not the original 36gb raptors

RE: Wow
By therealnickdanger on 7/1/2008 1:10:58 PM , Rating: 2
Correct. The modern-day VelociRaptor is much quicker than the old 36GB Raptors. However, SSDs can hold their own very well against even the VelociRaptor.

RE: Wow
By FingerMeElmo87 on 7/1/2008 11:03:49 AM , Rating: 2
no kidding. the only thing that those SSDs dont have going for them is the VelociRaptor. they offer similar performance for $300 but they have 300GB. they make alittle more sence in the price/performance ratio compared to SSDs. but then again those SSDs can fit in laptops where as the VR cant since its a bit to thick (after you remove the heatsink). decisions decision

RE: Wow
By therealnickdanger on 7/1/2008 1:12:12 PM , Rating: 2
decisions decision

Decide to wait six more months... ;-)

RE: Wow
By FITCamaro on 7/1/2008 1:15:24 PM , Rating: 1
At 10,000 rpm it'd be drive suicide to put the Velociraptor in a laptop. It'd burn up.

RE: Wow
By Hare on 7/1/2008 2:00:31 PM , Rating: 2
It wouldn't fit into a laptop since it has a 3.5" casing. If you remove it, the actual 2.5" drive would still be too thick.

With a decent cooling solution, it wouldn't necessarily burn. It only uses 3W when idling and 6W when seeking.

Another interesting thing is people think that a 10 000rpm drive is loud but in fact the velociraptor is one of the quietest drives around.

RE: Wow
By leexgx on 7/1/2008 1:44:21 PM , Rating: 2
if you got 2 SSD drives (140MB/s / 90MB/s) thay will be faster then an VR as the access times are alot lower and you get constant speed all the time

when thay get to £100 mark (the good SSD) i get them my self

RE: Wow
By CyborgTMT on 7/4/2008 12:53:06 AM , Rating: 2
I completely agree. I threw down over grand for my 4 X 74G raptors back in the day. I might just pick up 3 of the 128s for a raid5.

RE: Wow
By AnnihilatorX on 7/1/2008 9:46:25 AM , Rating: 4
Well with level-wearing algorithms I do expect them to last as long as a conventional HDD.

For desktop users, I'd recommend using the SSD drive for housing the OS and programs; where moving your documents and data to another drive of traditional HDD preferably with redundancy, in this way the computer performance is maximized while keeping data relatively safe.

I can't stress enough for people that in Windows it is always preferable to move your My Document folder to another drive or even partition of the same drive. You can move it easily through Windows XP or Vista by using the properties dialogue. For when you need to format and reinstall Windows, you don't have to worry about data backup since your documents is on another partition or drive.

RE: Wow
By Polynikes on 7/1/2008 12:46:45 PM , Rating: 2
That's more or less what I do. Two 36GB Raptors in RAID 0 for the OS and programs, two other HDDs to store everything else.

RE: Wow
By Visual on 7/1/2008 9:49:55 AM , Rating: 2
You are worried about "livelyhood"?
I wouldn't worry, with a MTBF like that

RE: Wow
By Sivar on 7/1/2008 11:47:53 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps you should make sure that you understand what MTBF actually is before quoting a Google search which spews large numbers like 171 years.

You'll have people believing that MTBF actually means a device is expected to live anywhere near that long.

RE: Wow
By Reclaimer77 on 7/2/2008 10:26:53 AM , Rating: 2
Simple fact is using a figure of 50 gb per day write/overwrite cycle, an SSD drive will last about 30 to 35 years. Show me a 'Velociraptor that will do that lol.

RE: Wow
By ieskorp on 7/1/2008 9:54:47 AM , Rating: 2
They are available in Germany;

This is great development. I hav been waiting for them to become more affordable

RE: Wow
By Oroka on 7/1/2008 12:50:11 PM , Rating: 2
You dont need a SSD to store your anime porn, just for the OS and programs. Use a cheap-o platter based HDD for mass storage.

My lappy is getting one of these and my current HDD is becomming the secondary storage drive.

RE: Wow
By Locutus465 on 7/1/2008 1:43:32 PM , Rating: 2
Nice to see a price plummet with these drives, I just hope that quality standards don't fall with the drives... I've been wishing I could replace out my laptop HDD with an SSD but considering my machine cost me $650 including 1GB memory upgrade I couldn't exactly justify $1,000 for a 128GB drive (I think was the last price point I remember).

These are still too rich for my blood, but I'm very encouraged by this drop. It makes me hopeful that *MAYBE* with a black friday sale this year or next I could afford an SSD.

RE: Wow
By Screwballl on 7/1/2008 3:26:08 PM , Rating: 2
I still have a 512MB (yes MB) WD drive that still runs well today.. sure its a bit noisy but it still does its job and no data corruption. Since most of these SSD are still sitting in the 2.5" arena, their target is more for laptops which have a history of being dropped and damaging the platter based hard drives.
Sure they could release a 512GB 3.5" SSD but the price would probably run over $1000... let them take off in the 2.5" laptop market first and when the prices come down, THEN start building them in primary desktop systems as the OS drive. Leave the platter based drives for storage.

RE: Wow
By DeepBlue1975 on 7/1/2008 11:07:44 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, those are from another time... A time where they lasted a lot longer :D

Since we have 7200rpm drives, it's rare for a desktop hdd to last much longer than 4-5 years.
I myself try to get rid of them after 3 years because among the last drives I've had, most died before hitting the 5th year mark.

RE: Wow
By P4blo on 7/2/2008 11:27:30 AM , Rating: 1
Harsh down voteage... I have one thing to say about these cheapo SSD's

Benchies !!!!!!!? Plz

RE: Wow
By Spectator on 7/22/2008 1:11:16 PM , Rating: 2
Am i missing some logic here?

you get slow write speeds. but if you Raid 0 them you get exponential perf increase?..

So why do they not implement a raid 0 arrangement internally on the chips in the drive to increase speed natively?

ffs just stick 64gig/8 raid 0 chunks into a drive and give me 800mb sec read speeds please. lol


"I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For [Paramount] to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!" -- Movie Director Michael Bay
Related Articles

Most Popular Articles5 Cases for iPhone 7 and 7 iPhone Plus
September 18, 2016, 10:08 AM
Automaker Porsche may expand range of Panamera Coupe design.
September 18, 2016, 11:00 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM
No More Turtlenecks - Try Snakables
September 19, 2016, 7:44 AM
ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment in Children: Problem or Paranoia?
September 19, 2016, 5:30 AM

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki