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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.

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Those are some "WOW" numbers.
By wordsworm on 7/1/2008 9:44:45 AM , Rating: 3
$169 for 32 GB hard drive is precisely the right price I needed to see. It's enough for a laptop for me. Longer battery life, faster, and most importantly - endurance, are the primary reasons to spend a few extra dollars. It's really what I've been waiting for to justify the purchase of a Linux/Windows 2000 based laptop. Heck, I might just get something like that to put Vista on for my desktop - though I'm more about performance for my desktop.

RE: Those are some "WOW" numbers.
By vapore0n on 7/1/2008 10:16:04 AM , Rating: 1
I think the "longer battery life" thing was debunked?


Once they get to an even lower price point, my plan is to raid 0 them and use it as the bootable windows drive.
It was proven that they scale linearly. 2-3 in raid = very happy customer...till the whole thing dies lol

RE: Those are some "WOW" numbers.
By Brandon Hill on 7/1/2008 10:19:34 AM , Rating: 5
Actually, the Tom's Hardware article was debunked by their own readers in the comments section.

RE: Those are some "WOW" numbers.
By retrospooty on 7/1/2008 10:24:33 AM , Rating: 5
ACtually, anything and everything at Tom's must be taken with a grain of salt... its been that way for a decade now... it bothers me that people still go there and take info from it.

RE: Those are some "WOW" numbers.
By Rodney McNaggerton on 7/1/2008 7:50:18 PM , Rating: 4
The personal opinions of the authors always show through the articles, and I've stopped reading TGDaily because they picked up Theo Valich from the Inquirer who spreads BS whenever he can. Nothing he says is ever right, and he always reports speculation, nothing is ever fact with him. He's as bad as Faud Abauzak(?).
Saying that Tom Hardware is unbiased is like saying that Engadget isn't completely in love with Apple(and reports more Apple stories than any others), it's a complete farce.


RE: Those are some "WOW" numbers.
By BruceLeet on 7/2/2008 12:24:38 AM , Rating: 4
Uh I thought it was Rodney Mcnaggerton.

You sometimes refer to yourself in 3rd person and sometimes speak as if you were from the 19th century, you cant get your name right. I think you should get an evaluation, especially if you have dont wanna, you know, pull a Chris Benoit

By Rodney McNaggerton on 7/2/2008 6:50:24 AM , Rating: 4
Can't a man try something new every once in a while?

By wordsworm on 7/2/2008 7:18:37 AM , Rating: 2
Do they get paid anything decent? Or is it all volunteer? Seems to me I could write stories that are as accurate as the National Enquirer.

For awhile, I thought that the writers at DT were a bunch of nuclear power plant working or Microsoft/Intel engineers investing Green Peace haters. Every publication is likely to have its own opinions and biases peak through, but at least it's honest. Then there's the real dark side - the one that gives good reviews only to companies that give good gifts. I think the only way to really trust a review site is if it doesn't get to keep the goodies afterwards.

What would be nice to see is some other sites, ie Anandtech, TechCrunch, et al, take on the task of either verifying or debunking Tom Shardeware's claims/data.

RE: Those are some "WOW" numbers.
By Samus on 7/2/2008 2:54:46 AM , Rating: 2
Heh, yea, Tom's staff are great guys but I've always questioned the 'payoff factor' of their reviews. They are often bias from one extreme to another. If you were to read any of their archives going back to the Radeon 9000/Geforce 5000 era, you'd see contradicting driver comments and performance numbers between every review.

That's the last time I visited the site.

RE: Those are some "WOW" numbers.
By Clauzii on 7/1/2008 11:46:31 AM , Rating: 2
Ha ha :)

RE: Those are some "WOW" numbers.
By deeznuts on 7/1/2008 1:21:05 PM , Rating: 1
Actually, the Tom's Hardware article was debunked by their own readers in the comments section.

Confucius say - "He who reads Tom's Hardware and believes ... IS A FOOL!"

RE: Those are some "WOW" numbers.
By wordsworm on 7/1/2008 8:31:10 PM , Rating: 5
Confucius say - "He who reads Tom's Hardware and believes ... IS A FOOL!"

That wasn't Confucius, that was Mr. T.

By kenji4life on 7/1/2008 11:47:31 PM , Rating: 4
Actually Mr. T. said "I pity the fool who reads Tom's Hardware"

Confucius say - "He who writes Tom's articles is a fool, but he who reads them to seek truth, is a moron."

But the most well known saying is of course: "Who is more foolish, the fool who leads by writing stories for TGdaily, or the fool who follows by reading them?"


RE: Those are some "WOW" numbers.
By Calin on 7/2/2008 3:27:48 AM , Rating: 2
This "longer battery life" thing is everywhere.
It really depends on your usage scenario, and on your laptop, and your old and new hard drive. In some cases (replacing a slow mechanical drive with a fast SSD based drive) you could even get a shorter battery life (there was an article on Anandtech about replacing the mechanical hard drive in a Mac Air with a big, expensive SSD, and battery life was shortened some - at least in some usage scenarios).

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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