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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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By Shadowmaster625 on 3/11/2010 1:39:44 PM , Rating: 2
You guys who are saying windows 7 takes 16GB are not being very honest.

I have a 30GB OCZ Agility with Windows 7 Home Premium x64 installed, and it only uses 10.7GB. This is with hibernation enabled (3GB hiberfil) and a 1GB page file. I did nothing special on the install. Note that Win7 was a bonus that came with my vista notebook. Acer's factory Vista 64 actually consumed a great deal more space. Maybe Acer factory Win 7 installs consume 16GB but mine sure doesnt.

With all the updates it went from using 10.5GB to 10.7GB, so I think the degredation over time thing is blown way out of proportion too.


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