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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 icanhascpu on 9/18/2008 1:09:54 AM , Rating: 2
Somewhat. Consumers? No. This is aimed at enthusiasts and some OEMs that can buy in bulk anyway.

The problem with aiming things at enthusiasts is you can’t f with them much. They kind of know what they are doing (usually) and most people know that these drives have a shuddering issue that makes them WORTH $100.

Even with the shuddering issue, this is a good deal, just remember what to expect, and don’t confuse it with other drives that work properly. Intel by no means will have to compete with 100$ price point for even their cheap 64GB drive because, well, Intel has a quality product and this is economy class

RE: soon, they will be affordable...
By feraltoad on 9/18/2008 1:56:25 AM , Rating: 2
I'm expecting to see some forum conversations similar to the past, "no, you can't a get a great gaming PCI video card, that's why I said make sure it had an AGP slot BEFORE you bought it...".

RE: soon, they will be affordable...
By Samus on 9/18/2008 4:29:27 AM , Rating: 5
You do realize magnetic storage is going the way of beta (which was magnetic heh) but 5 years, laptops and most desktops aren't going to have hard disks. I suspect capacity of these is going to catch up with hard disks by then, and price parity will be insignificant to justify the huge disadvantages of hard disks (power, weight, shock/vibration damage, heat, unpredictable crashes, size, and of course, performance.

They're only going to get faster and cheaper. Hard disk's aren't. They're just going to get larger, and in a matter of time, they will hit their technological limit that will require a new form of technology.

After all, we don't use punch cards anymore.,,/Tim

By icanhascpu on 9/18/2008 4:41:53 AM , Rating: 2
Any valid point you had was drown in a sea of exaggerations.

10 years and ill agree to most of that, except they arnt getting faster and cheaper? Where have you been when they tought the last 50 years of tech history? They are 10+X the speed and nearly 100x the capacity they were 10 years ago. What a silly statement.

I expect SSD to improve at a faster rate, but lets keep our minds in reality here.

RE: soon, they will be affordable...
By Chaser on 9/18/2008 8:37:21 AM , Rating: 2
There's no "sea of exaggeration" here. SSD drives are the next viable step from magnetic hard drives considering their limitations and various shortfalls. And there are, we've just lived with them.

Also SSD's are emerging product from the computer consumer's standpoint. But in this case it's in a niche that promises a significant amount of system performance to be gained. In addition to capacity increases there will be also be the "GT", "XT", "PRO" versions, its 3D cards all over again.

And another factor to drive this technology will be margins. Magnetic media in nearly all forms is quickly becoming extinct. Improving performance on conventional hard drives today takes a high amount of R&D, more money, more power, higher speeds, more heat, etc. SSD's are a new technology and for the most part we are at the beginning.

All it could take would be a simple tweak or new controllor chips whatever that results in noticably faster performance, you a new label on it, throw out a couple of good reviews, along with a decent price and off the shelves it will go.

5 years really is not an exaggeration. Here they come!

By icanhascpu on 9/18/2008 6:09:04 PM , Rating: 1
If you think it will take only 5 years to phase out HDD, youre an idiot.

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