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OCZ announces (more) affordable Core Series SSDs: 128GiB for £250!

by Parm Mann on 1 July 2008, 14:59

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We all fancy a solid-state drive, but sky-high prices are keeping them at bay. Last month at COMPUTEX, we spotted a 120GiB SSD from Super Talent priced at $639 - the cheapest we'd seen, by a long way.

Today, OCZ Technology has taken the mantle of cheapest SSDs with the launch of its Core Series. The drive, pictured below, will be available in 32GiB, 64GiB and 128GiB models, priced at $169, $259 and $479, respectively.

There's no UK pricing just yet, but a basic conversion puts the 128GiB drive at a very useful £250. Tasty.

The SATA II drive, which looks a lot like the Samsung offering, doesn't offer the best SSD specification available. Its 120-143Mbps is some way behind Samsung's 200Mbps, but OCZ promises performance "40 per cent faster on a read/write basis than the best performing 2.5in HDDs on the market, all while consuming 50 per cent less power."

Performance and power consumption aside, the impressively low price is the biggest selling point.

Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology, said:

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. 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.

The Core Series provide a 1.5 million-hour mean time before failure, and are backed by a two-year OCZ warranty. There's no word on availability just yet, but we'll be keeping an eye out for these.

Official press release: OCZ Technology Announces Core Series SATA II 2.5 Solid State Drive



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My money's on them lying (whether intentionally or unintentionally) about the power consumption.

SSD Power consumption a hoax
The question is why do these manufacturers make these stupid claims without even checking to see if they are true?
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My money's on them lying (whether intentionally or unintentionally) about the power consumption.

SSD Power consumption a hoax
The question is why do these manufacturers make these stupid claims without even checking to see if they are true?

Theres a bit of a storm brewing over that article. A few people have cited errors on p12-13. To quote MirekCz

“So yes, your flash based laptop will go out of energy sooner… but it will do over 2x the work of an hdd based laptop in the meantime.
The actual shorter life of flash based laptop comes to higher energy usage of the rest of the system that isn't stalled all the time by hdd access time. ”

so its all swings and roundabouts it seems:ill:
The difference seems marginal anyway and if all programs feel a lot sharper with the SSD then I'd happily trade a bit of battery life, whether it's true or not.

I'll be getting a laptop for uni soon and if I can get a decent 32GiB SSD for under £100 then I'll be very tempted. Should be able to get by with 32GiB with a 500GiB external hard drive for storage.:)
If you think that drive will be £250 you're having a giraffe!
Of course it won't be £250, but the headline made me click and view your adverts. DOH