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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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RE: Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we.....
By bhieb on 3/11/2010 9:57:07 AM , Rating: 2
Well if you move docs/pics/vids to another drive, and just put your core stuff on it. 30GB would be OK, not ideal by any stretch, but OK nonetheless.

Win7 clouds the picture as the footprint seems larger. On XP I am sitting at 29GB at work and have a ton of crap installed (xp). No games though, those would be a deal breaker as they easily hit 5-15 GB's per game.

I have a 30GB one at home, and do game a lot on it so I regret the size (I end up moving games from my big drive back and forth). But for an office pc just email/office/internet, it may be ok.

If so, I suppose you would have to ask if then would really care? Then you will probably have a big problem training/getting them to use more than one drive, after being used to using 1 massive traditional drive.

Most likely a person going for any SSD at this point would be people like ourselves that know how to manage a 2 drive setup. Or people with lots of money to blow on 160GB plus single drive setups.

By Aloonatic on 3/11/2010 10:31:33 AM , Rating: 2
I suppose the other thing to consider is, even with TRIM, is whether having a drive that is going to be pretty full at best really a good idea?

Even though TRIM is here and Win7 supported etc, is there a certain amount of free space that it might be a good idea to reserve? Or will the amount that is usually reserved internally be enough?

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