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32GB OCZ Core SATA II SSD $99 after Rebate
SSDs dip below $100

It's been quite some time since DailyTech has posted a Daily Hot Deals post, but this particular deal is simply too mind-blowing to pass over. Newegg currently has the recently released 32GB OCZ Core Series SATA II SSD for $159 -- MWAVE also lists the drive for the same price. There is also a $60 manufacturer's rebate which drops the price down to $99 -- this is a new low for high-speed solid state drives.

The 32GB Core Series SSD has write speeds of 83MB/sec and read speeds of 120MB/sec.

There have been some concerns raised about the performance issues of OCZ's MLC-based Core Series SSDs in recent tests, but the sub-$100 price tag may just be low enough to get some users to at least give the burgeoning technology a try.

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RE: meh
By bhieb on 9/9/2008 11:28:47 AM , Rating: 2
I think your missing the reason for the concern. In benchmarks the drives look fine, but in actual real world usage you can tell a difference anytime there are more random writes than the buffer can handle. Sorry but most users heavily use their Web browser and IM client. And even if it is happening once or twice and hour it simply is not acceptable for the price premium/other small benefits.

It boils down to what you want most.

Battery Life/Ruggedness
- stick with a desktop drive the premium is not there.

Quick application starts
- SSD obviously has an edge here even the older MLC's beat a normal drive.

Overall better experience
- You won't get that from the older MLC. What difference does it make if your browser starts fast if it is pausing for up to a second randomly throughout the day. Sorry that is a complete failure compared to a normal drive.

This is a subjective category and for whatever reason a random pause is noticed by the user more than a steady slowness. You get quite used to your apps taking x number of seconds to load, but and unexplain random slowness will always impact your overall experience more.

RE: meh
By xsilver on 9/9/2008 12:05:49 PM , Rating: 2
well some poor sods have to buy them at least in order to reduce the prices further on the next generation drives! ;)

and they still are useful if you want durability/battery performance.
tough break though - the price point is very tempting although the size is still just a tad small for os install. 64gb is just about right. When that hits the $100 price point without this issue - I think the floodgates will open on sales.

RE: meh
By therealnickdanger on 9/9/2008 12:43:09 PM , Rating: 2
This is a subjective category and for whatever reason a random pause is noticed by the user more than a steady slowness.

"Subjective" being the key word. Objectively, the reviews show these as lightning-fast drives. Subjectively, I didn't notice anything like what Anand mentioned on a system (Vista-32, 2GB RAM) running the 64GB Core and I did plenty of surfing. I did not use IM though (I rarely do anyway). What I did notice was a snappy responsiveness that I had never experienced prior.

Friday is payday and I'll likely purchase this drive. I'll keep investigating up to the very second I click the "purchase" button. I'm trying to encourage people not to just dismiss this drive - as powerful as Anand's comments can be. There is MUCH to benefit the common user with one of these. If your workload produces constant small, random writes, then this isn't the drive for you. It's inappropriate to call it "crap" however.

RE: meh
By TheLiberalTruth on 9/9/2008 1:56:16 PM , Rating: 1
Friday is payday and I'll likely purchase this drive.

By all means, buy it! We need suckers *ahem* I mean someone to buy up all these drives so the retailers can make room for new models that work right.

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