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
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
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].
quote: Is that 30GB enough though, in conjunction with a larger traditional platter based drive, to make these things a genuine mainstream option, or at least a must have for a new build for all but the most casual/price sensitive consumer?