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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: 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.

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