Tuesday, July 1st 2008

OCZ Announces Core Series 2.5-inch SATA II Solid State Drives

OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Core Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drives (SSDs). OCZ has gained momentum in this pioneering technology, which uses NAND flash instead of rotating platters as the storage medium, and is a high-performance, highly reliable and energy-efficient alternative to conventional hard disc drives.


The OCZ Core Series delivers the performance and reliability of the latest SSDs at a 50% less price per gigabyte than other high speed offerings currently on the market. For the first time, OCZ is putting SSD technology within reach of the average consumer, and delivering on the promise of SSDs as an alternative to traditional hard drives in consumer targeted mobile applications.

"SSDs offer higher performance, reliability, and energy efficiency than conventional HDDs but the cost variance has limited adoption of vastly superior SSD technology, until now," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. "It is our mission to deliver the highest performance products to consumers at reasonable prices, and with the release of the Core Series SSDs we have done exactly that."

OCZ Core Series Solid State Drives enable enhanced productivity in everyday computing and intensive multi-tasking applications. Perfect for notebooks, the Core Series is ideal for energy-efficient mobile computing to extend battery life, increase access time, and provide a durable alternative to conventional hard disc drives with superior shock resistance. High capacities and low power consuming NAND flash technology provide the necessary performance and battery life boosts generated by the proliferation of mobile gaming and new ultra-thin laptops. With fast access and seek times combined with excellent reliability, the OCZ Core Series SSDs are the answer for consumers demanding this latest storage technology.

The drives feature a durable yet lightweight alloy housing, and because OCZ SSDs have no moving parts, the drives are not prone to damage from common mishandling. Designed for ultimate reliability, these SSDs have an excellent 1.5 million hour mean time before failure (MTBF) ensuring peace of mind over the long term. All Core Series SSD drives come backed a two year warranty and OCZ's legendary service and support.

Core series SSD drives are available in capacities of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB and deliver incredible 120-143Mbs/ 80-93Mbs read/write speeds and seek times of less than 0.35ms, making the Core series up to 10x as fast on a seek-time basis and up to 40% faster on a R/W basis that the best performing 2.5" HDDs on the market, all while consuming 50% less power. MSRPs at time of launch are USD $169, $259 and $479 for 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models respectively.Source: OCZ Technology
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10 Comments on OCZ Announces Core Series 2.5-inch SATA II Solid State Drives

#1
OnBoard
Is it just me or have the prices gone down quite a lot? Not saying they are cheap yet but 128GB is already cheaper than 2x64GB and same for 64 to 2x32. Next year might be the one for SSD breakthrough.
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#2
jothy
You're right, prices have come down a lot.
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#4
Mussels
Moderprator
$169 for 32GB is definately getting into the right price range. if you put these in the same bracket as a raptor, then the pricing starts to get a lot more reasonable.
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#5
Wile E
Power User
When the 128GB models get down to the $200 range, I'll start to consider them. Until then, for a few extra dollars, I'd rather have the VelociRaptor, due to it's storage advantage.
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#6
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Wile E
When the 128GB models get down to the $200 range, I'll start to consider them. Until then, for a few extra dollars, I'd rather have the VelociRaptor, due to it's storage advantage.
i'd rather not :P the velociraptor would be insanely noisy, compared to these being totally silent.
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#7
lemonadesoda
^^agreed. And unless all you do is filecopy, access times are more important than sustained, large data file, read/write rates.

Is it really so important that you can map-load 0.1s faster than everyone else in an online game? (0.001% of the time you spend at the PC) Or is it better that 99.999% of the time the PC's response is much snappier?

SSD is now more than fast enough to supply any Quad processor with data that it "processes", including decoding/unzipping. So in fact, your game load times are probably limited by your CPU anyway.
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Wile E
Power User
It's not just a matter of speed. This obviously has benefits over 7200rpm drives. It's a matter of the amount of storage. 128GB just isn't enough for me. I'll take the small hit in performance to gain more than twice the storage.

And I'm a bench junky. Noise has absolutely zero consideration for me. If it's loud, I put on my headset. lol.
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#9
lemonadesoda
^^ok, clear. If you arent after outright performance, but actually HAVE DATA to store (LOL), then a HDD wins SDD.
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#10
Mussels
Moderprator
in my opinion, an SSD for games, windows (and benches :P) and store the data on external mechanical drives. overall win for everybody.
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