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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: All hail OCZ
By Clauzii on 7/1/2008 11:24:02 AM , Rating: 2
I paid ~$250,- for my first drive with gigabytes on the label: An IBM 6GB noisy, clackering beast in 1999. Still 100% ok, btw.

So getting a 64GB, NO NOISE, SUPERFAST, SMALL and powerfriendly SSD for $279,- is the obvious choice for me right now!! IF the speed is as they claim, I'm impressed!

From now on SSD's are THE choice for system disc and SUPERFAST RAID arrays. The HD's just got a little more obselete...

Given my actual age I shouldn't but right now I'm jumping around like a 6 year old getting THE christmas present of the year :))

RE: All hail OCZ
By rudy on 7/1/2008 4:11:32 PM , Rating: 3
Wait for bench marks and reviews to come out. Recently they announced a fast drive with samsung for much more why this one would perform so well and be so fast does not add up. I think in real world tests it will not be that good otherwise it would canabalize their faster drive.

When SSDs completely surpass the latest raptor in every possible test then I am going to get one until then though they are not worth the premium.

RE: All hail OCZ
By Clauzii on 7/1/2008 6:28:55 PM , Rating: 2
For me the NOISE factor is premium so I'm ready if tests give a thumbs up.

RE: All hail OCZ
By hadifa on 7/2/2008 12:12:25 AM , Rating: 3
You're right, not all SSDs are fast. They have great random access but most cheap ones have terrible read and write performance.

RE: All hail OCZ
By Clauzii on 7/2/2008 3:28:49 PM , Rating: 2
I would say that even if tests should show it 10% slower than advertized, it's still pretty sweet.

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