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OCZ Solid 2 SSD Claims to be Affordable Indilinx

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 20 comments

And ultra-affordable SSD? We'll see.

When people take the plunge and upgrade to an SSD, a good bet is to go with one that has an Indilinx controller – at least if you care at all about speed.

The problem, as with all SSDs, is price. OCZ thinks that it might have an affordable solution for those of you coveting an SSD with an Indilinx controller.

OCZ has unveiled the Solid 2 SATA II 2.5-inch SSD Series, which the company is pushing as "the ultra-affordable MLC based solid state storage solution for mainstream consumers looking to take advantage of flash based storage technology."

"While solid state drives offer exceptional performance, the high cost of ownership has been a barrier for many consumers," commented Eugene Chang, Vice President of Product Development at the OCZ technology Group. "It has always been our goal to make quality SSD drives affordable to the complete range of customers.  By making use of the proven Indilinx controller coupled new flash technology, OCZ is excited to introduce the Solid 2 that delivers increased reliability and performance over competing traditional and solid state solutions at a price point that is truly within reach of mainstream consumers."

OCZ said that its Solid 2 SSDs feature up to 125 MB/s read and 100 MB/s write speeds and 64MB of onboard cache. The press release also mentions "unique performance optimization to keep the drives at peak performance," which we're assuming to be the "background garbage collection" firmware that we saw just recently.

The OCZ Solid 2 drives will come in 64 GB and 128 GB sizes, but sadly and curiously, OCZ isn't letting out pricing details on this "ultra-affordable" drive just yet. Looks like we'll have to wait till it hits stores.

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    duckmanx88 , August 12, 2009 8:52 PM
    ultra-affordable: it'll only cost you an arm. you can keep your leg.
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    jacobdrj , August 12, 2009 7:53 PM
    Cat and mouse... They are waiting on the Intel re-releases...
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    griffed88 , August 12, 2009 8:12 PM
    better be under $150...
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    ethanolson , August 12, 2009 8:13 PM
    Does it support hot-plug?
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    xaira , August 12, 2009 8:39 PM
    the new intels were rescently fixed, but i bet they still arent as cheap as these, keep releasing good products ocz, cant wait for vertex 2.
  • 18 Hide
    duckmanx88 , August 12, 2009 8:52 PM
    ultra-affordable: it'll only cost you an arm. you can keep your leg.
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    Kaiser_25 , August 12, 2009 9:01 PM
    Ya but the speeds still wont touch intels...cheaper is good, but buyer beware, you get what you pay for. my intel ssd has 270 read and 145ish write...
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    gwolfman , August 12, 2009 9:16 PM
    duckmanx88ultra-affordable: it'll only cost you an arm. you can keep your leg.
    lolz
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    fonzy , August 12, 2009 9:29 PM
    Probably still to expensive but if this keeps up SSD's will fall extremely fast.
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    daship , August 12, 2009 9:35 PM
    If prices are right one can get two or more and raid 0, and blow the intel single drive speeds away.

    I have 4x Core v2 series got them $69 a pop 30G each, raid 0, 507 reads over 300 writes.
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    Anonymous , August 12, 2009 10:06 PM
    How much real performance benefit would such a drive give over a new 7200RPM, 500GByte/platter HDD?

    Transfer speeds are comparable but obviously the SSD has lower latencies.

    Because unless it's noticeably faster than a HDD with 4-8 times the capacity I still wouldn't buy it unless the price were identical.

    Storage systems just isn't enough of a bottleneck for me to be worth these investments.
  • 7 Hide
    vant , August 12, 2009 11:53 PM
    Why do people care about sequential speeds so much? Do you transfer 10GB media files everyday?

    Toms Hardware- Stop advertising the sequential speeds and start showing what matters.
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    doomtomb , August 12, 2009 11:56 PM
    Quote:
    125 MB/s read and 100 MB/s write speeds


    That's cruddy compared to other SSDs pushing over 230MB/s read. This thing better be affordable.
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    Gin Fushicho , August 13, 2009 12:08 AM
    If the 128GB is 150 bucks I might actually finally buy one.
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    snotling , August 13, 2009 11:34 AM
    doomtombThat's cruddy compared to other SSDs pushing over 230MB/s read. This thing better be affordable.

    I does make sense for laptops... I mean laptops NEED to be slower than desktops otherwise a lot of people will be wrong. Remember the Mhz race?
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    marraco , August 13, 2009 12:16 PM
    125 Mb/s? I want one capable of SATURATE Sata2. There are already ones.

    Somebody knows how to overclock SATA2 ports?
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    dark_lord69 , August 13, 2009 3:49 PM
    I'll believe a low price when I see it.
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    blackened144 , August 13, 2009 5:56 PM
    kaiser_25Ya but the speeds still wont touch intels...cheaper is good, but buyer beware, you get what you pay for. my intel ssd has 270 read and 145ish write...

    The only ssd Intel sells that can put out those speeds is the E model and the 32gb goes for about $400. Considering you could get 2 30gb Vertex Indilinx based drives for $250 and in raid0 they get better performence than your setup with twice the capacity, I would reword your statement. You get what you pay for, but some people pay more than others and some people get more than others.
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    TheZander , August 14, 2009 7:43 AM
    Quote:
    The OCZ Solid 2 drives will come in 64 GB and 128 GB sizes, but sadly and curiously, OCZ isn't letting out pricing details on this "ultra-affordable" drive just yet. Looks like we'll have to wait till it hits stores.


    That little detail right there kinda makes this non-news for me. All I really care about is what the price is going to be. To say "affordable" is completely subjective and generally meaningless until you attach a number to it.
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    jokers_greg , August 14, 2009 2:02 PM
    wtb SSD that excels in app performance/gaming ONLY. who cares about any other stats really
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    ahem , August 17, 2009 6:45 AM
    An affordable SSD? Pssssh....