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OCZ Octane SSD Pricing Released: From $200 to $880

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November 16, 2011 2:17:47 PM

haha. "As for the 1TB drive price....we're not gonna tell ya." haha
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November 16, 2011 2:18:17 PM

My OCZ Vertez 2 is 70% slower than the OCZ specifications, i doubt that those values ​​are real.
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November 16, 2011 2:26:44 PM

Nice bait in the headline until I read the part about the 1TB price not being released.
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November 16, 2011 2:30:11 PM

mariusmoteaMy OCZ Vertez 2 is 70% slower than the OCZ specifications, i doubt that those values ​​are real.

it's called progress. get used to it.
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November 16, 2011 2:30:55 PM

SSD prices still have a long way to go DOWN until they can actually attempt to compete with hard drives.

Until manufactures realize the huge market that they could earn by simply lowering their ridiculous prices, then and only then there will be at least one SSD on every computer in the world.

That should be their goal.
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November 16, 2011 2:45:15 PM

call me once we reach the point of 1gb/$1
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November 16, 2011 2:45:57 PM

Call me when they reach 50 cents/GB
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November 16, 2011 2:47:49 PM

This is still too expensive. I mean- a Corsair Force 3, or better yet, a Kingston HyperX, can be had for around the same price point.

So who's going to buy a slower SSD for that cash?
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November 16, 2011 2:51:32 PM

After reading the headline and 1st 2 lines i thought the 1tb version is going to available at $800. So sad..... 1tb is out of that price range.
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November 16, 2011 2:56:24 PM

SSD Manufacturers aren't pricing their products so high because they want to squeeze every dime they possibly can from the consumer. They are priced like this because the tech is expensive.

Flash Memory chips are expensive. For the chips alone, it still costs over a dollar per gig. Add to that the price of the controller, and assembly, packaging, and marketing and you'll see that the markup on these products is well within accepted norms.

Like most chip production, it gets cheaper by volume. Improved manufacturing tech improves yields, and reduces raw material costs. We are still waiting for this tech to be mature enough to offer low cost, high volume production.

(edit... quick edit mangled my quote)
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November 16, 2011 3:09:15 PM

its funny because they were initially targeting $1/gb .. I guess they couldnt resist the profit when they saw no one was going to come down in prices to force that level of cost
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November 16, 2011 3:22:40 PM

I bought a 128GB SSD (Kingston) a couple of years ago for less than $200. Granted it is not as fast as the current crop, but this goes to show that price/GB isn't budging at all.
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November 16, 2011 4:06:15 PM

huskerI bought a 128GB SSD (Kingston) a couple of years ago for less than $200. Granted it is not as fast as the current crop, but this goes to show that price/GB isn't budging at all.


That's because the speed keeps getting higher. The SSD makers have figured out that we have enough storage at those points for the needs of those who can afford them. At least enough storage for the OS and some programs. Data storage can, and usually is, kept on a separate hard drive. So, they keep making the drives faster so people keep upgrading. It's not hard to figure out.

I, for one, love my old Vertex (original) in my server. It boots Server 2008 R2 in less than a minute. My main system uses 2 Vertex 2's, and they're fine. Any more speed increase for either wouldn't even be noticeable unless I was sitting in front of it waiting to boot, which is not normal. I don't really have a need to increase my drive speed, processor (Core i7 920 @4.2) speed, memory (12GB DDR3-1600) size or speed, or graphics (dual SLi GTX470) capabilities for the near future.

Maybe I'm getting old, but it sure seems like hardware is outpacing software these days. I actually can't justify spending the money on any upgrades right now.
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November 16, 2011 5:23:21 PM

1TB is now $800 wow.
However i will wait 2~3year more for SSD for me.
That time 1TB price will drop to 200+-50 so then lol go for it~
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November 16, 2011 5:37:38 PM

Why is this priced about the same as an OCZ Vertex 3 while delivering a fraction of the performance? Granted V3 has been problematic.
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November 16, 2011 5:59:05 PM

Still >$1/1Gb?

Pass...

I don't even care about speed. This absurd pricing for the amount of storage you DON'T get. $879.99 for the only model I would consider useful. That's more than I paid to upgrade my entire rig to a 1366 i7 platform.
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November 16, 2011 6:05:38 PM

dgingeriThat's because the speed keeps getting higher. The SSD makers have figured out that we have enough storage at those points for the needs of those who can afford them. At least enough storage for the OS and some programs. Data storage can, and usually is, kept on a separate hard drive. So, they keep making the drives faster so people keep upgrading. It's not hard to figure out. I, for one, love my old Vertex (original) in my server. It boots Server 2008 R2 in less than a minute. My main system uses 2 Vertex 2's, and they're fine. Any more speed increase for either wouldn't even be noticeable unless I was sitting in front of it waiting to boot, which is not normal. I don't really have a need to increase my drive speed, processor (Core i7 920 @4.2) speed, memory (12GB DDR3-1600) size or speed, or graphics (dual SLi GTX470) capabilities for the near future. Maybe I'm getting old, but it sure seems like hardware is outpacing software these days. I actually can't justify spending the money on any upgrades right now.


Windows + my programs won't fit on a 128Gb SSD. That's not counting any extra files just sitting on C:. Thus, at the very least, I would have to spring for the 256 GB at $369.99. That's still $1.45/1Gb...
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November 16, 2011 6:16:28 PM

Until I can get ~250gb for
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November 16, 2011 7:26:19 PM

mariusmoteaMy OCZ Vertez 2 is 70% slower than the OCZ specifications, i doubt that those values ​​are real.


Are you sure it's the drive's fault, or your SATA controller.

For example, if I dropped a OCZ Vertex 2 into an old LGA775 motherboard, and it's read speeds maxed at 120MB/s. Put the same drive into a Z68 motherboard, connected to the "6GB/s SATAIII", and it ran at 330MB/s. I took the same drive, and put and hooked it up to a PCIe RAID controller that actually gives it proper bandwidth, and it runs at it's rated speeds (well over 400MB/s).
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November 16, 2011 8:07:49 PM

Meh. no edit. The drive was actually a Vertex 3, and when I said over 400MB/s, I meant over 500MB/s. A Vertex 2 would max out at 284MB/s, but the point remains that if it was put into a regular SATA connection, that's be a max bandwidth of like 150MB/s, and the drive would end up running at like 120MB/s, despite being able to run much faster than that.
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November 16, 2011 8:48:15 PM

Ummmm Kingston HyperX 128gb SSD on my gigabyte z68 gets over 500MB/s on reads AND writes! You dont need a PCIe Raid controller for those speeds, just proper hardware...
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November 16, 2011 8:59:04 PM

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November 16, 2011 10:24:05 PM

kalifornianUmmmm Kingston HyperX 128gb SSD on my gigabyte z68 gets over 500MB/s on reads AND writes! You dont need a PCIe Raid controller for those speeds, just proper hardware...


Wow, it was hard to find a relevant benchmark link, since review sites will idiotically run slower SSDs that don't show a performance difference.... but, this pretty much illustrates what I was talking about:

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2011/09/0...

Notice how in the above, that only 1 motherboard's SATA 6GB/s actually ran at the speed it was supposed to, the Asus Sabertooth P67... the norm, was for motherboard SATA performance to bottleneck the SSD to between 330MB/s to 360MB/s.

It's bullshit, to be quite honest. Motherboard SATA performance shouldn't be all over the place like this, but it is.
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November 17, 2011 12:15:12 AM

mariusmoteaMy OCZ Vertez 2 is 70% slower than the OCZ specifications, i doubt that those values ​​are real.

Those are the theoretical throughput, which the observed throughput is typically less. An example is USB 2.0 which has a maximum bandwidth of 480 Mbit/s (60 MB/s). However, typically users rarely see more than 25-35 MB/s throughput. No different here.
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November 17, 2011 9:59:51 AM

Just put 2 Agility 3 64GB in Raid0. Got 128GB with speed of 1100MB/s :-) Win7 boots in 7 sec.
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November 17, 2011 10:00:06 AM

Just put 2 Agility 3 64GB in Raid0. Got 128GB with speed of 1100MB/s :-) Win7 boots in 7 sec.
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November 17, 2011 12:48:18 PM

mariusmoteaMy OCZ Vertez 2 is 70% slower than the OCZ specifications, i doubt that those values ​​are real.


Running XP? You will want to check the alignment on your partition, among other things.
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November 18, 2011 12:18:21 AM

mariusmoteaMy OCZ Vertez 2 is 70% slower than the OCZ specifications, i doubt that those values ​​are real.


Did you set it up right? Is your partition aligned? Is it getting old? My OCZ Vertex 1 is about 20% slower than rated specs, and my motherboard can't do AHCI, which would make up for that. Oh, and it's nearly 2 years old.
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November 20, 2011 2:41:55 PM

The read speeds are comparable or better than Sandforce, booting and loading apps hits the read side of things so the write is not so much important.
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December 14, 2011 9:04:50 PM

I got some 160GB Intel 320 series SSDs for $0.90/GB at Amazon on Black Friday. Good SSDs for less than $1/GB already exist. You just need to watch for the sales. The MSRPs are usually higher than the drives actually go for.
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