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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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RE: FINALLY!!!
By AnnihilatorX on 7/1/2008 9:53:46 AM , Rating: 2
I am running Vista in a 16GB SSD.
32GB is plenty.

I do think the faint hearted should not try to load Vista in a 16GB disk though. You need to install only essential small applications in the SSD. And you need to set up NTFS junction points to move "Common Files" folder, "Program Data" folder, "Local Temp" folder to another drive. Also hibernation has to be disabled.


RE: FINALLY!!!
By Pudro on 7/1/2008 12:43:33 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I am running Vista in a 16GB SSD.
32GB is plenty.


Maybe for you, and maybe for a laptop for me. But not for a desktop. My Windows folder alone is 30 GB (swelled by certain language packs and what-not). I know that this is bigger than most people would have, but I am a gamer as well. So I would want to be able to have a couple of games installed on the drive as well. And those surely won't be small.

I think I could make the 64 GB drive work, however.


RE: FINALLY!!!
By Silver2k7 on 7/2/2008 1:30:16 PM , Rating: 2
my windows vista folder is 15 Gb, would never take the chanse and install it on a 16 Gb drive lol.. might not even fit after its formatted.

also i dont see the point in having separate drives for installed programs/games and windows.. if you need to re-install you got to format all that either way, since the way the windows register handles installations.. not like the dos days when you could just save the folder of your installed program and it would still work.

Also wasnt this SSD business supposed to be lots faster than the mechanichal HDD's... so when we get to say 750Gb and 200Mb/s+ for $400 then I might be tempted.


RE: FINALLY!!!
By hadifa on 7/2/2008 12:06:57 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
you need to set up NTFS junction points to move "Common Files" folder, "Program Data" folder, "Local Temp" folder to another drive.


Care to explain?

I guess you move the local temp to reduce the wearing of the flash memory. But what about the other two? And doesn't wear leveling algorithms take care of this?


RE: FINALLY!!!
By eion on 7/2/2008 1:47:22 AM , Rating: 2
He was talking about a 16GB SSD. Presumably the items he mentioned simply wouldn't fit.


RE: FINALLY!!!
By hadifa on 7/2/2008 2:08:55 AM , Rating: 2
That makes sense, thanks for the clarification.


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