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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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30 gig drives are a joke
By dubyadubya on 3/11/2010 12:02:44 PM , Rating: 1
As others have said 30 gigs is way too small. If you run win7 64 on a system with 8 gigs of ram as I do a clean install is over 20 gigs. Sure 16 gigs of it is used between the page and hibernate files. Sure you can shrink the page file and disable hibernation but why. I might be ok with shrinking the page file to 4 gigs but I use hibernation though not as you may think. I have an UPS and if the power fails I want my work saved and my PC safely shut down.

Now add some space for system restore say 5 gigs and 5 gigs for programs etc. 20+5+5=30. Nope a 30 gig drive is a joke. I can't believe they even sell them. I could live with a 60 gig though I would rather have 100+ gigs. Nope the prices are still too high. Continue to suck my thumb:)




RE: 30 gig drives are a joke
By kensiko on 3/12/2010 1:27:51 PM , Rating: 2
Fine, it's a joke for you, but not for everyone... I got 2 30GB SSD on 2 computers, one laptop (yes, a laptop!) and a PC.

I can live with a 30GB boot drive. I have 2.5in silent drives in my PC for storage...


RE: 30 gig drives are a joke
By kensiko on 3/12/2010 1:28:01 PM , Rating: 2
Fine, it's a joke for you, but not for everyone... I got 2 30GB SSD on 2 computers, one laptop (yes, a laptop!) and a PC.

I can live with a 30GB boot drive. I have 2.5in silent drives in my PC for storage...


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