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07-01-08, 03:17 PM
all those people that payed few thousand for 32gb must feel great now.

Aye carumba! OCZ Technology just made us do a double take this morning with the introduction of its all new Core Series SATA II 2.5 SSDs. Hailed as the "world's first truly affordable high-performance SSD for consumers," these drives check in at $169 (32GB), $259 (64GB) and $479 (128GB), which -- as you undoubtedly recognize -- are amazing price points. Each unit utilizes NAND flash technology, possesses a 1.5-million hour mean time before failure and delivers 120 - 143Mbps read / 80 - 93Mbps write speeds. The sub-0.35ms seek times are also worthy of a tip of the hat, and the low power consumption just makes things unnecessarily sweeter. OCZ doesn't mention a definitive ship date, but we're hoping that "available" mention means "right now."


come on flash, bring on larger cheaper drives soon ;)

07-01-08, 04:49 PM

We just heard that in the next few days OCZ plans to introduce a new line of very fast and affordable SSD drives in 32, 64 and 128 GB capacities.

The drives are based on SLC memory and they are all 2.5-inch models using the SATA II interface.

The read speed should be between 120 and 143MB/s, while the write speed should hit a quite amazing 80 to 93MB/s. The drive is shock resistant to 1500G.

The products will be known as OCZSSD2-1C32G, OCZSSD2-1C64G and OCZSSD2-1C128G and you can expect to be able to buy them as of next week.

The 32GB drive is already listed in German e-tail for 149, the 64GB has a really attractive price of 229, while the big 128GB drive will set you back 399.99.

07-01-08, 04:52 PM
SLC or MCL technology?

Which one is better and why?

07-01-08, 06:28 PM
OCZ products rock
Brain Actuator things
TRUE Beating Coolers

I'm an OCZ fanboi now.

07-01-08, 06:36 PM
I nnew someone would have posted this by now. I just read it at anandtech. Pretty sweet news. A little pricey yet but at the borderline of me considering taking the plunge.

A pair of 64GB SSDs sounds right up my alley. (nana2)(nana2)

My current install is using 110GB of space, but I know I can easily get that under 100GB. Should be be able to function with only 128GB of storage space without too much of a hassle.

07-02-08, 03:58 AM
I want 2 64gb of those in raid0!!

Its affordable at those prices.

Finally will have a SSD system before the end of the year :)
Didnt think it would come true this fast


07-02-08, 04:09 AM
Which one is better and why?

SLC is better and thats what those drives are using :)


07-02-08, 05:26 AM
SLC is faster and MLC is cheaper but apparently these are cheap SLC which is awesome!

Really looking forward to this, a single 128GB SSD drive would be nice.

pff singel SSD drive. You want to have the SSD drives in Raid0 configuration they give incredible performance. They are not like ordinary drives in Raid0 the performance actually goes up consistantly as more drives you have.

I will have 2 in the start then add another one later :)

THE POWER! :drooling:

07-02-08, 05:49 AM
I'm wondering how 3 drives in RAID5 would go...

07-02-08, 06:02 AM
The SSD market is starting to get interesting

07-02-08, 06:23 AM
OCZ officially announces new SSDs

The Core series

As we have already told you few days ago, OCZ has now officially announced its newest line of SSDs which will be available in 32, 64 and 128GB capacities.

Packed in a 2.5-inch form factor, these SSDs come with MTBF of 1.5 million hours and will feature read and write speeds of 120-143MB/s and 80-93MB/s respectively. The main selling point of the new Core series is that it should have a price per gigabyte which is 50 percent lower than other similar offers.

The new Core series will be backed by a two year warranty and the MSRPs for the 32, 64 and 128GB models are set at $169, $259 and $479.

A RAID0 setup, prolly the best option for performance, also, reliability shouldn't be a problem (i hope).

07-02-08, 06:37 AM
I'll take 2x64GB with my next system build :)

07-02-08, 06:37 AM
still a bit to much,

i would like to atleast get one 64gb for OS and 128gb for games, my HDD would be used as storage.

07-07-08, 02:46 AM
Just thought of one thing...

All defrag software companies will go out of busniess when SSD drives become mainstream :lol:

I have waited for this moment in time forever. New hd technology that is super fast and needs no defragging at all :drooling:

This is the future! and I am alive to become a part of it... if I dont die in an accident :bleh:

07-07-08, 04:16 AM
I'm wondering how 3 drives in RAID5 would go...
3? how about 9?

07-07-08, 09:11 AM
Well I wouldn't do RAID5 because your going to be wasting some of your available writes on an SSD for parity bits. RAID 0 should offer some nice scalable performance, but remember that most onboard RAID controllers are software based and will tax your CPU more then a hardware RAID controller would and will generally give poorer performance.

If you do plan to use one as an OS drive it may be worth it to get a "scratch" drive for page-file usage. That way your OS drive is not being hammered constantly by read/writes.

Although the newer SSD's have "millions" of writes available it's better to be safe then sorry IMHO.

07-07-08, 09:31 AM
Yeah lifespan is a bit of a concern.
Its important NOT to defrag on these suckas, no real point to it, and it puts a dent in the lifespan as its triggering alot of changes across the disk.

07-08-08, 03:27 AM
In a recent interview with OCZ they said those drive use MLC memory.
Which are crap if OCZ hasnt fixed the problems with them somehow.

At least they fixed the speed of MLC memory. Have never seen a MLC drive with those speeds before

But you have a 2 year guarantee on them and in 2 years I would replace them anyway as the SSD technology goes fast now.

07-08-08, 04:30 AM
Just when I thought I had no more things to update for a while :p

07-23-08, 06:55 AM
First OCZ Core review


+ 119 MBps read / 74 MBps write bandwidth in HD Tach
+ Very low power consumption extends battery life
+ Lightweight storage solution
+ Resistant to extreme shock impact
+ Up to 128 GB of SSD capacity
+ 2-Year OCZ warranty
+ $4 per gigabyte price ratio
+ Very accurate product specifications

- Steel case does not protect from electrical shock damage
- Comparatively high response time based on SSDs tested

Presentation: 8.75
Appearance: 8.75
Construction: 9.75
Functionality: 9.50
Value: 8.50
Final Score: 9.05 out of 10.

07-24-08, 10:34 PM
3? how about 9?

Nice find. I'd love to see another review of the OCZ drives before I plop down $500, but from that test it definitely shows how SSDs could make the computer snappier.

You can pre-order them at Newegg right now.

07-28-08, 08:43 AM
Well it seems the random write access time is fubar on the Core drives.

First they said it shouldnt be like that:


What you are seeing is not necessarily caused by the drive either, it could be the chipset/controller it is attached to. Considering this is the first review.. we will need to see more before we can say there is any reason to update the firmware.

Then they said that that SSD's are like that which is pure BS:


SSD's are not going to be fast in Random Writes.. it is a known fact.

I wouldnt recommend anyone buying one as it has 245ms random write access time. Which is stupid

07-28-08, 09:04 AM
You fail at linking...

07-28-08, 12:34 PM
You fail at linking...

lol updated :p

even more suspicious


They closed the thread and took the discussion private because they were experianced IT guys who had the same problems.
Something very fishy is going on with those drives that OCZ doesnt want to acknowledge

07-28-08, 05:17 PM
Hopefully just needs a firmware update, but we'll see. I was about to buy one but no one had it in stock.