Monday, September 27th 2010

OCZ Technology Unveils Onyx 2 Series SATA II 2.5'' SSDs

OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, has unveiled the OCZ Onyx 2 Series, a 2.5 inch SSD with superior affordability designed for mainstream desktops and mobile systems. Offering a faster and more durable alternative to traditional hard drives in a cost-efficient solution, the Onyx 2 delivers excellent performance with lower price per gigabyte than that of other comparable drives on the market.

"While we are constantly looking to push the envelope in solid state drive performance, we are also dedicated to making the technology more affordable to consumers," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group. "The new Onyx 2 Series SSDs give customers the very best of both worlds when it comes to performance and value, and they are an ideal solution for mobile and desktop users that want to take advantage of all the benefits that SSDs offer over traditional rotational based drives."

OCZ continues to expand its consumer SSD lineup with the goals of not only delivering cutting-edge performance, but also of making SSDs more affordable to help foster adoption of this game-changing technology. Designed to offer the best of both worlds, the SandForce-driven Onyx 2 delivers 270 MB/s read, 265 MB/s write, and up to 10,000 random write IOPS (4k aligned), without the higher costs normally associated with similar multi-level cell (MLC)-based solutions. The Onyx 2 SSD delivers an enhanced computing experience for netbooks, laptops, and home desktops with faster application loading, snappier data access, shorter boot-ups, and longer battery life and feature TRIM support as the ultimate Windows 7 upgrade.

OCZ Onyx 2 SSDs feature a durable yet lightweight housing, and because they have no moving parts, they are more rugged than conventional hard discs. Available in ample 120GB and 240GB capacities, the Onyx 2 is an ideal hard drive replacement for first-time SSD upgraders in need of primary laptop storage or a spacious application and OS boot drive. Designed for superior reliability, Onyx 2 Series is backed by a 2-year warranty and renowned technical support.

For more information on the Onyx 2 SSD Series, please visit our product page.
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18 Comments on OCZ Technology Unveils Onyx 2 Series SATA II 2.5'' SSDs

#1
Disruptor4
Sounds nice. Need pricing though, and personally, wouldn't mind bigger sizing :P
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btarunr
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by: Disruptor4
Sounds nice. Need pricing though, and personally, wouldn't mind bigger sizing :P
Expect it to be cheaper other SandForce-driven SSDs by OCZ GB-to-GB. This drive also uses SandForce, but is slower by 10~20 MB/s.
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#3
n-ster
I expect this to be a big hit if priced right
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#4
bear jesus
As always some pricing would be nice :p

I really want a ssd in every compuer i own but choosing the right one is such a pain with so many coming out and claiming to be affordable and not listing prices, what makes it worse is wanting different models/speeds for different uses as there is no reason to have an ultra fast one in a netbook or laptop.
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#5
f22a4bandit
Hmmm...Onyx 1 with 128GB and slower read/write speeds is currently $239 on Newegg. I'm definitely interested in seeing the pricing of Onyx 2, and what is considered a lower price for the mainstream consumer...
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#6
kajson
Am I to understand that this isnt a (MLC)-based solution, or is it just a little bit slower then say the vertex 2 but identical in every other way?

With the newer SATA generation SSD's starting to pop up, lets hope this generation gets cheaper fast, though in the netherlands at least the vertex II 120GB was introduced 4 months ago at 350 euro and is now at 220, so the prices are falling quite rapidly anyways.


Outside that I noticed that there's 3.5 inch and 2.5 inch SSD's, I'm looking for one to replace my C: drive in my desktop, should i be going with the 3.5 inch in that case?
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#7
n-ster
3.5" SSDs are rare, 2.5" is what you are looking for... This Onyx 2 is a slower Agility 2, not Vertex 2... Vertex 2 has 50 000 IOPS, the Agility and Onyx 2 have 10 000 IOPS

BIG DIFFERENCE IMO, but still respectable performance

The Onyx 2 is MLC of course, but is just "cheaper" than other similar MLC solutions
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#11
bear jesus
by: btarunr
and feature TRIM support
says it in the post and on the link wihin the post.

*edit* beat me to it btarunr and n-ster, darn you both :p
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#12
kajson
I think I'm getting myself a Vertex II when WoW Cataclysm arrives probably. Give the prices a bit more time to drop, price differences arent very big over here between agility 2 and vertex 2.

And supposedly the loading times between zones drop from 20 secs to about 7 secs from traditional hdd to a decent SSD.
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#13
Disruptor4
by: btarunr
Expect it to be cheaper other SandForce-driven SSDs by OCZ GB-to-GB. This drive also uses SandForce, but is slower by 10~20 MB/s.
Would that 10~20 MB/s be that noticeable?
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#14
n-ster
compared to the Agility 2? definitively not IMO
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#15
Kreij
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Engadget is reporting $190 for the 120GB and $440 for the 240GB (about $1.58/GB for the 120 amd $1.83/GB for the 240)
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Disruptor4
Would that 10~20 MB/s be that noticeable?
Reading a 285 MB high-resolution .tif file would take like 0.05 seconds longer.
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#17
n-ster
~1.5$/GB is what I expected... however, why price the 240GB model at a higher price/GB?
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#18
Icewind31
by: n-ster
~1.5$/GB is what I expected... however, why price the 240GB model at a higher price/GB?
unlike platters... higher density in memory costs more unfortunately to fit in same area. (think about the cost of 2x4gb sticks of DDR vs a single 8gb stick DDR)
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