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OCZs 64GB Core Series SSD now rings up at $99 after rebate

In what must a record for price meltdowns on brand new technology, OCZ's Core Series SSDs have taken yet another nose dive in pricing.

Last week, DailyTech reported that the 32GB OCZ Core SSD dropped down to an unheard of $99 after a $60 mail-in rebate. This week, it looks as though it's the 64GB version's turn to take a price cut.

Newegg is now listing the 64GB Core Series SSD at $99 after a $70 mail-in rebate. In roughly a week, the customers can now get twice the space at the same price -- that's quite incredible considering the drives retailed for $259 when they were introduced just over two months ago.

The price cuts, however, come shortly after an AnandTech review criticized the drives for poor performance. From the AnandTech review:

As I've mentioned before, the random write issues with JMicron JMF602 based MLC SSDs are simply unacceptable and in my opinion they make the drives unusable for use in any desktop or notebook that you actually care about. Next year we may see a JMicron controller that fixes the problem but until then, I'd consider those drives off limits.

Although it's unknown which controller the new Super Talent MasterDrive OX SSDs are using, they are ringing up at $149, $259, and $419 for 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB models respectively for comparison.

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RE: soon, they will be affordable...
By xsilver on 9/17/2008 11:56:18 PM , Rating: 2
i think at the moment its the isolated incident of this particular ssd speed being sucky. If they continue to drop this fast they'll be PAYING YOU $99 to take them by next wednesday! ;)

64gb is getting to the sweet spot for an OS install as well. Another one can be added as a caching drive?

RE: soon, they will be affordable...
By kilkennycat on 9/18/2008 1:12:41 AM , Rating: 1
Another one added as a caching drive? You sure want to wear it out fast.....

By xsilver on 9/18/2008 1:38:47 AM , Rating: 2
what I meant was if you dont want to use it as an OS install drive, it can be a drive for storing workspace files for encoding/photoshop/3ds etc. not a page file drive.

I thought that was the only other real application for these drives?
Plus I thought these drives wearing out fast were unfounded?

RE: soon, they will be affordable...
By anonymo on 9/18/2008 7:59:05 AM , Rating: 2
I can't say specifically whether this drive uses wear leveling or not, but if it does its lifespan will far outmatch that of traditional spinning disc drives.

By Alexvrb on 9/19/2008 12:24:41 AM , Rating: 2
Wear patterns don't concern me that much. I'm sure they use wear leveling and happy math (users don't write data, count hours the drive is powered off, etc) to come up with their 1.5 million hour MTBF figure. If the drive is just that damned durable, why the 2 year warranty? Plenty of shoddy stoneage mechanical drives have 3-5 year warranties - and the vast majority of mechanical drives make it past their warranty. It's good business sense.

The only thing I can think of that would make a lot of these (consumer grade) SSDs come with relatively short warranties is that they're much more concerned about random premature component failures, than they are about someone wearing out flash cells during typical use. Or perhaps they know something we don't.

Anyway, it doesn't matter much. I think they're cutting price on Core to make room for Core V2 and beyond.

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