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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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I'll continue to wait
By Roffles on 3/11/2010 11:22:30 AM , Rating: 3
I could see this drive being very advantageous for productivity workstations in an office setting. But at home, 30GB isn't going to work.

I wonder how much longer I will be waiting for +120GB Sata III at ~$200? Maybe forever.




RE: I'll continue to wait
By Gungel on 3/11/2010 11:44:57 AM , Rating: 2
Probably sometimes next year when the new 22nm flash makes it into production. The SATA3 6Gbps controllers for SSD's are on the way from Indilinx, Sandforce, Intel and already available from Crucial. In addition we see more and more companies joining the game which will increase competition and ultimately lower prices.


RE: I'll continue to wait
By porkpie on 3/11/2010 12:06:11 PM , Rating: 3
4X the capacity at the same price point within one year? That's unlikely. The move to the new node should roughly double capacity per unit cost.

Of course, economic issues like oversupply could force down prices much further...but undersupply is just as likely as a market glut.


RE: I'll continue to wait
By MadMan007 on 3/12/2010 12:18:43 AM , Rating: 2
HE said ~$200 so it's not the same price point, thus it's 'only' a 2x price/GB improvement. The next NAND shrink likely will deliver this. I am most likely going to be getting a 120-160GB SSD once the new NAND comes out and things settle down a bit.


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