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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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ssd internal speeds
By tastyratz on 7/1/2008 7:40:51 PM , Rating: 4
I never understood why SSD drives have not been phenomenally fast. If they can write at speeds they have now. Why cant they internally stack the drives through raid or something similar for a protocol transparent to the user?

For example.

Why cant they make a 3.5 version in 64gig form with 2x 32 gig drives internally, or a 128 with 4x32gig internally?

They could market this has high end high performance and control them with raid similar logic onboard (not like raid 0 is very demanding).
Depending on how large they have to be why not go further? I want to see these cracked open. Is this all 1 single memory module internally?

Why do we not have a $600 version with 500+mb read speeds?

RE: ssd internal speeds
By lagitup on 7/1/2008 10:18:28 PM , Rating: 2
then, you could get 4 of those and put them in a raid, for 2gb/s speeds! I like the way you think!

RE: ssd internal speeds
By hadifa on 7/2/2008 12:19:29 AM , Rating: 2
But I thought that's how the very fast/expensive SSD drives are working.

Remember seeing a benchmark showing some SSD has sustained read speed of about 200MB/s or over and at the time it seemed (or I thought) the SSD is limited by the SATA2 interface.

I will see if I can locate the bench

RE: ssd internal speeds
By vapore0n on 7/2/2008 8:10:19 AM , Rating: 2
Read a review where they raid 0 8 drives, and scaled in read write linearly, up to the max the raid controller card could hold, 800MBps or so, when normal speeds are in the 100s.

Very expensive to do , but insanely fast.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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