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OCZ Endeavors to Bring Affordable SSDs

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 6 comments

SSDs are becoming more popular and the prices are definitely dropping steadily, just not as fast as most of us would like. OCZ is trying to change that.

Digitimes reports that at aside from it’s new 3.5-inch Colossus SSD, OCZ is also exhibiting a lineup of what is says competitively priced SSDs in Taipei. Among these is the company’s Vertex series (250 MB/s read and 180 MB/s write), now costing about US$3.42/GB, along with its new Summit SSD (220 MB/s read/write, 128MB onboard cache) aimed at high-end gaming, professional desktops and notebooks, and small-scale server PCs.

According to Fudzilla OCZ also quietly updated its site yesterday to include a new series which will apparently be a performance part for the mainstream segment of the market in 30 GB, 60 GB and 120 GB capacities. No pricing yet but the affordability of the line is going to be its big selling point.

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    Hammeh , 6 June 2009 03:52
    I haven't bothered to upgrade to SSD's just yet on my home PC's. They are still slightly too expensive in my opinion and I am too lazy to reinstall all my operating systems onto new disks. I will probably include them in my next new build sometime next year.
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    ainarssems , 6 June 2009 04:01
    Still waiting for prices to drop.

    To Hammeh: You know You dont need to reinstall OS. Just make complete hdd(partition) image and restore on new hdd.
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    Clintonio , 6 June 2009 08:02
    I'm getting a fast 60GB one from Samsung during the summer. Hopefully prices will be a little lower by then, even if by £10.
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    FH , 7 June 2009 15:50
    How is this news? OCZ have been saying stuff like this since the original Core series, of which I regrettably bought an example. Since then their product line has mushroomed with variation after variation of SSDs, many of which are based on the JMicron controller that offers questionable real-world performance compared to much cheaper mechanical hard drives. Their only currently available product that might be any good, the Vertex, is undercut and reportedly outperformed by the Samsung PB22-J series and that's the real reason they had to lower prices!
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    FH , 7 June 2009 16:18
    From The Tech Report "A six pack of solid-state drives compared": "It's just difficult to recommend either the Vertex or the UltraDrive given how short they pull up elsewhere, particularly since neither is priced low enough to offer compelling value."
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    Anonymous , 13 June 2009 11:39
    I've bought OCZ 120GB SSD yesterday as my Vista system efficiency meter indicated HD is the weakest point (5.2 units when all other components showed 5.9). I needed to improve the efficiency mainly for MS Flight Simulator X reasons. At the same time I installed Win7 on my PC and was extremely surprised that now (with SSD) the HD is again the weakest point! Now shows 5.9 for HD with 7.8 or 7.9 for other components, even old graphis 880GTS shows higher value like 6.0. My coclusion is: don't hurry with today's SSD even if you can buy them bit cheaper (my is OCZ Core Series V2), but wait until they improve their performance.