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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 B3an on 3/11/2010 1:21:26 PM , Rating: 1
Yep this drive is pretty useless.

I've used a lot of SSD's and one with this speed will hardly make any noticable difference over a decent and new HDD.
If it was faster it may just be worth it for some people still using an ancient OS with a small install size like XP. But for any remotely new/decent OS then 30GB will not cut it even for a boot drive.


By retrospooty on 3/11/2010 9:13:00 PM , Rating: 2
I have been running Win 7 on a 30gb OCZ vertex for almost a year - it works great. With SSD, you get rid of hibernation file and move the pagefile to a hard drive, install is like 11-12gb. then install games, pics and movies on the hard drive, basically large files.

I have win 7, Adobe CS4 master suite full install, office 2007 and a bunch of other common standard apps and still have 8GB free. Fast as hell, you just have to manage it right... but agreed, the Onyx isnt as fast as vertex, and not a great deal... but 30gb is plenty for a boot drive if you wanna go cheap for another year or 2 until larger SSD's are cheap.


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