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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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By AmbroseAthan on 3/11/2010 9:18:00 AM , Rating: 1
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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?


I don't think we are there yet. Until we have 100GB+ drives under $100, SSD won't be mainstream. Most users (outside of us techies) simply need a 500GB platter drive for ~$60. They don't need the speed for anything, so it is not worth spending extra money for a smaller drive + a traditional platter drive; they are fine with just one platter drive.

Right now the price/GB difference is still too large for the average consumer to see it being worthwhile.

Non-mainstream, I definitely think we are hitting the point most enthusists will be going SSD for boot drives. Personally, I am definitely looking into 128GB drives for my next build with secondary platters for mass storage.


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