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OCZ's new budget SSD will feature scaled back performance

When we discuss the topic SSDs on DailyTech, one thing that normally is a given with these hot devices is a high price tag. Take for example the Reactor and Nova Series SSDs that Corsair announced earlier this month -- their MSRPs started from $185 and $200 respectively and skyrocket from there.

OCZ also has its fair share of high-priced SSDs, but its new Onyx line is looking to give a speed boost to enthusiasts on a budget. The new Onyx SSD has an MSRP below $100 (we're guessing $99.95) – the catch is that the low price tag only gets you 30GB of storage capacity.

Read speeds for the budget SSD are 125 MB/sec while write speeds are on the low side at 70 MB/sec.

“As new technologies become available, OCZ continues to expand both our enterprise and consumer SSD lines, and one of our goals is to make SSDs more affordable to end-users. Our new Onyx series SSD does exactly that and is a perfect solution for netbooks, laptops, or home desktop PCs,” stated OCZ CEO Ryan Petersen. “Designed to offer the best of both worlds, the new OCZ Onyx SSD delivers the speed and reliability of solid state storage to mainstream consumers at an aggressive price point that makes the technology more accessible to customers who want to take advantage of all the benefits of the SSDs without incurring the high cost normally associated with the solution.”

The 30GB Onyx SSD has 64MB of cache onboard, a MTBF of 1.5 million hours, and carries a three-year warranty.

For those of you that don't mind dealing with rebates, you can already get a 30GB OCZ SSD for under $100 that offers far better performance than the Onyx. Tiger Direct currently has the 30GB OCZ Agility SSD for $80 after a $40 mail-in rebate [PDF].

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Articles about new SSD's....
By MrPoletski on 3/11/2010 8:57:01 AM , Rating: 5
Should be BANNED unless they provide RANDOM 4KB READ/WRITE SPEEDS.

RE: Articles about new SSD's....
By Aloonatic on 3/11/2010 9:01:09 AM , Rating: 2
For performance parts, I agree.

However, for cheaper/mainstream parts like this, then can we not just assume that it will still be faster in most areas than a traditional drive, but obviously not up there with the most expensive SSDs?

Still, it would be nice to have the info tho I guess :)

RE: Articles about new SSD's....
By MrPoletski on 3/12/2010 5:33:36 AM , Rating: 2
You know whta hey say about assumptions being the brother of all f***ups?

By therealnickdanger on 3/11/2010 9:32:04 AM , Rating: 2
Meh, this is over-rated now, I think. Let's not forget why random 4K tests were important before: pausing/stuttering. Gone are the cache-less, crap controllers. Now even the lowliest of controllers provides stutter-free performance. Even with the stutter problems of old, those "broken" SSDs still dominated 5400 and 7200 RPM HDDs in all real-world tests, often times besting the VelociRaptor.

To put it simply: even the slowest modern, non-stutter SSD of today dominates any HDD in the majority of real-world tests. People seem to forget that fact. Now the only reason to measure it is to compare it with other SSDs.

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