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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 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.


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