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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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Bad Marketing
By Gungel on 3/11/2010 9:35:46 AM , Rating: 2
Whats up with OCZ marketing. You can buy now 4 mainstream SSD's from OCZ and all are in the same price range. Vertex, Agility, Solid and the now Onyx series of drives. If you do a search on newegg you can see that after rebates all of the 30GB disk hover around $100. Why buy the Onyx if you can get almost double the speed from a Vertex or Agility? It just doesn't make sense, unless of course they throw a $40 rebate on the Onyx. :)

RE: Bad Marketing
By djc208 on 3/11/2010 10:28:51 AM , Rating: 2
The drives all have different controllers or memory in them so actual performance will not be the same. The sequential read/write numbers they use are practically useless when it comes to determining the fastest hard drive for normal useage.

RE: Bad Marketing
By Camikazi on 3/11/2010 10:50:12 AM , Rating: 3
True, but you can almost guarantee that OCZs Vertex or Agility 30GB drives are gonna out perform the Onyx and they are available for about the same price as the Onyx. Why buy the Onyx when you can get a Vertex or Agility for same price? Unless reviews come out showing otherwise I would take the 30GB Agility over the 30GB Onyx.

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