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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 BZDTemp on 3/11/2010 5:32:55 PM , Rating: 2
I may sound wild and crazy but it is actually possible to install applications to a different drive than your boot drive!

In other words use the 30 GB SSD for the OS and the apps you use the most and put the secondary stuff on a different drive. I'm running my system with a 80 GB Intel SSD and I have the OS, the main apps and the some 50 GB worth of data for a special project. Getting that SSD is the best upgrade I have ever made and it replaced a 10,000 rpm disc so if you're replacing a laptop drive difference will be even larger.


By retrospooty on 3/11/2010 9:15:47 PM , Rating: 2
bingo. If you manage it right, you can actually fit alot of apps on your 30gb win7 boot drive. Just not games, pics and videos.


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