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OCZ launches Core Series V2 SSDs, raises capacity to 250GB

by Parm Mann on 15 August 2008, 10:02

Tags: Core Series SSD, OCZ (NASDAQ:OCZ)

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Just last month, OCZ rolled out its Core Series SSDs, priced at an all-time low for the otherwise expensive solid-state technology.

A little over a month later, the California-based manufacturer is rolling out V2 of its Core Series drives. The new range features new architecture and has enabled OCZ to increase both performance and capacity.

The Core V2 SSD, pictured below, will be available in 30GB, 60GB, 120GB and 250GB capacities, and offers improved read and write speeds of 170MB/s and 98MB/s, respectively.

OCZ has also thrown in a mini-USB port, this'll allow users to update the Core V2's firmware - should an update become available.

Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group, said:

OCZ continues the trend of enabling consumers with the latest in cutting edge solid state disc technology with the introduction of the new Core V2 SSD. As SSD technology progresses, OCZ will continue to release updated and enhanced solutions to ensure our customers stay on the leading edge. The new Core V2 drives offer consumers and system integrators increased capacities up to 250GB, improved read and write performance and faster seek time, all coupled with a new mini USB port empowering customers with the ability to further improve performance and compatibility by updating firmware in the future.

Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but OCZ states it plans to make SSD technology within reach of the average consumer, and that the Core V2 SSD will be priced "50% less per gigabyte than other high speed offerings currently on the market".

The drives have a 1.5 million hour mean time before failure, and come backed with OCZ's two-year warranty.

Official press release: OCZ Technology introduces the enhanced Core V2

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id like to see benchmarks of SSDs
Looking forwards to seeing the prices! If they sit well with my wallet I'll take one for the netbook and another for my main rig.
100+Gb make these intresting now, its plenty enough space to run the OS and applications. Now the question is price and performance….
Always interesting to read about new SSDs, they are certainly set to replace hard drives, once they become super-affordable.

OCZ seems to be selling them substantially cheaper then anyone else, are they cutting corners or are other manufacturers over-inflating prices?

A quick browse of SSDs on scans shows the price differences to be astronomical. OCZ cheaper then half the price of the nearest competitor…..

The magic spot for me will be around 400-500GB for £100 (I need 4 for my RAID :P )….starting to think I have a long wait ahead of me :sleep:
The magic spot for me will be around 400-500GB for £100 (I need 4 for my RAID :P )….starting to think I have a long wait ahead of me :sleep:
I think you might be waiting a long time.

Prices at present appear to be around £2.50 per GB, which is where hard drive prices where about 8 years ago, so you have a long time to wait. Personally, I would accept about £1 per GB in a ultra portable laptop, less in a desktop PC or large laptop.

Why do you want to put them in a Raid array? Is it for reliability or speed? Either way I am not sure RAID is the right way to do things, as it was designed for discs which have different failure modes and performance limitations compared to SSDs.

I would like to see the evolution of filling systems designed for SSDs instead of ones like ntfs which is designed for rotating discs. Magnetic media has small sectors (512byes) that can be read an unlimited number of times, but has big seek delays when moving accross the disc, so the filing system tries to cluster data together, and reads and writes freely. Raw SSD devices have big sectors (64 kbyte), which can only be written a limited number of times, stored bytes cannot be overwitten, instead the whole sector must be erased to a virgin state. Currently SSD devices emulate hard discs by having a firmware interface that pretends to have small sectors, like a hard disc & it does wear leveling & other housekeeping in the background. This emulation introduces a performance penalty.

Linux has filing systems like JFFS2 that will work natively with SSD, and avoids the performance bottleneck by moving wear leveling and block aggregation operations to the host OS. It would be good to see an equivalent FS available for windows.