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New Onyx 2 SSDs from OCZ Spell Affordability

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OCZ is offering new SSDs for the mainstream desktop and laptop PC.

Monday OCZ Technology Group revealed its new OCZ Onyx 2 series, a 2.5-inch SandForce-driven line of SSDs designed for mainstream desktops and laptops. The company said that the new series delivers outstanding performance with a lower price per gigabyte than what's seen with other comparable SSDs on the market.

According to OCZ, the Onyx 2 series provides up to 270 MB/s max read speeds, up to 265 MB/s max write speeds, and up to 10,000 random write IOPS (4k aligned). They're also encased in a durable, lightweight housing, provide TRIM support, and come in both 120 GB and 240 GB capacities. The drives are also rated at 1.5 million hours before failures.

"While we are constantly looking to push the envelope in solid state drive performance, we are also dedicated to making the technology more affordable to consumers," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group. "The new Onyx 2 Series SSDs give customers the very best of both worlds when it comes to performance and value, and they are an ideal solution for mobile and desktop users that want to take advantage of all the benefits that SSDs offer over traditional rotational based drives."

Currently the new Onyx 2 SSDs aren't listed on Amazon or Newegg, and OCZ did not offer pricing or availability in Monday's announcement. However the original OCZ Onyx 2.5-inch 128 GB SSD is listed for $254.97 on Amazon.

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    subasteve5800 , September 28, 2010 10:08 PM
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    Currently the new Onyx 2 SSDs aren't listed on Amazon or Newegg, and OCZ did not offer pricing or availability in Monday's announcement.


    Then why is the title of the article "New Onyx 2 SSDs from OCZ Spell Affordability"?

    Shouldn't there be some info on pricing before making the claim that these are "affordable"?
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    senkasaw , September 28, 2010 10:01 PM
    Yeah...ssd's still need to drop in price by at least half before they will be worth it (imo). Don't get me wrong...I just got one and I love it(totally caved), but at least I admit it was a rip off... :) 
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    plznote , September 28, 2010 9:58 PM
    50 cents/Gb please :) 
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    Assmar , September 28, 2010 9:54 PM
    $1/GB please :) 
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    plznote , September 28, 2010 9:58 PM
    50 cents/Gb please :) 
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    mlopinto2k1 , September 28, 2010 9:58 PM
    assmar$1/GB please
    $2/GB ain't that bad with all things considered!!!!
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    Hard Line , September 28, 2010 10:01 PM
    still more expensive than i am willing to pay whne i can fit my os plus all my steam games on it, then i will consider.. but not before. for now, i will stick to my 3x 500GB raid 0 sammys
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    senkasaw , September 28, 2010 10:01 PM
    Yeah...ssd's still need to drop in price by at least half before they will be worth it (imo). Don't get me wrong...I just got one and I love it(totally caved), but at least I admit it was a rip off... :) 
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    restatement3dofted , September 28, 2010 10:03 PM
    If it delivers on the performance they're claiming, and is actually moderately priced, I may finally take the plunge into SSD territory. Those are big "ifs," though.
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    subasteve5800 , September 28, 2010 10:08 PM
    Quote:
    Currently the new Onyx 2 SSDs aren't listed on Amazon or Newegg, and OCZ did not offer pricing or availability in Monday's announcement.


    Then why is the title of the article "New Onyx 2 SSDs from OCZ Spell Affordability"?

    Shouldn't there be some info on pricing before making the claim that these are "affordable"?
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    restatement3dofted , September 28, 2010 10:11 PM
    Also, Kevin, a quick Google search for the part numbers (which are listed on OCZ's website - 120GB: OCZSSD2-2ONX120G; 240GB: OCZSSD2-2ONX240G) shows that some European retailers appear to have the drives listed for pre-order (based on what I can gather from Google translations of the various sites) at around 155 GBP (~ $244 USD) and 340 GBP (~$536 USD) for 120GB and 240GB, respectively.

    It's not a lot to go on, but it's at least a price assigned to the current drives, rather than the previous iteration of the Onyx SSDs.
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    senkasaw , September 28, 2010 10:12 PM
    subasteve5800Then why is the title of the article "New Onyx 2 SSDs from OCZ Spell Affordability"?Shouldn't there be some info on pricing before making the claim that these are "affordable"?


    No...that would make too much sense.
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    porksmuggler , September 28, 2010 10:23 PM
    more importantly since I've seen nearly every brand's drives on sale at $2/GB or less recently, "affordable" as a distinction would need to be much closer to $1/GB

    120GBs Right now on newegg:

    Vertex 2 - $240.00
    Agility 2 - $205.00 after rebate
    Agility - $180.00 after rebate
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    buzznut , September 28, 2010 10:50 PM
    porksmugglermore importantly since I've seen nearly every brand's drives on sale at $2/GB or less recently, "affordable" as a distinction would need to be much closer to $1/GB120GBs Right now on newegg:Vertex 2 - $240.00Agility 2 - $205.00 after rebateAgility - $180.00 after rebate

    Yep. $2/GB pretty much sucks right now.
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    dndhatcher , September 28, 2010 11:03 PM
    So OCZ has 3 basically identical price and performance sandforce SSD lines? Who at OCZ is making these decisions?
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    bv90andy , September 28, 2010 11:18 PM
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    1.5 million hours
    That's like 170 years if I calculated correctly. That is alot.
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    Anonymous , September 28, 2010 11:21 PM
    Affordability for some, perhaps, but not me. Maybe that's an unfair prediction but I'm almost certain of it. I'll wait until they release their SSDs in the US and re-evaluate my statement.
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    rohitbaran , September 28, 2010 11:52 PM
    mlopinto2k1$2/GB ain't that bad with all things considered!!!!

    So, you want SSDs at that price. OCZ,you hearing? Never give this person cheaper drives!
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    zoemayne , September 28, 2010 11:55 PM
    Why arent these manufacturers making ssd's w SATA III??? The C300 is like my only option.
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    drwho1 , September 29, 2010 12:22 AM
    plznote50 cents/Gb please

    10 cents /GB please
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    nforce4max , September 29, 2010 12:23 AM
    My first purchase of a SSD last week for $70 for a meager 30GB that serving as an example is a poor price per GB ratio despite the performance gained over a mechanical drive. Most users aim for only what they can afford and right now you may as well forget about SSDs at this time. Most users purchase their drives below $99 usd that only meet their needs up to a few years max or fail before the drive could be upgraded when budget permits. Right now the costs of these drives is prohibitive especially for capacities greater than 128gb. What I would like to know is the cost of production and the margin of profit associated with each drive that is brought to market and sold for a given model. I am suspecting that they are milking this market while they can before costs decline to ware the market becomes driven only by share and competition. Small volume and limited customer affordability do not breed fair and decent prices. Prohibitive in industry when needed in large volumes.
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    nforce4max , September 29, 2010 12:29 AM
    zoemayneWhy arent these manufacturers making ssd's w SATA III??? The C300 is like my only option.


    Because current controllers do not take advantage and performance per drive does not take advantage of this bandwidth then the controller on the boards is facing a bottleneck depending on how many pci-e lames it is given and the effective bandwidth to the cpu is even less. Eventually there will be SATA-4 standard a few years down the line depending on the growth and popularity of SSDs. You don't get 6gbs on these controllers as performance is less than what is advertised. It has been this way since the stone age even floppies don't deliver the performance that they are advertised much like every thing else. We don't see 433mbs of usb 2.0 but if you are lucky 33mbs.
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    dEAne , September 29, 2010 3:01 AM
    this is cool.
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