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New Onyx 2 SSDs from OCZ Spell Affordability

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.

  • Assmar
    $1/GB please :)
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  • plznote
    50 cents/Gb please :)
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  • mlopinto2k1
    assmar$1/GB please$2/GB ain't that bad with all things considered!!!!
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  • Hard Line
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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