OCZ: Die Shrink Will Lead to Cheaper SSDs

Tuesday OCZ Technology said that it's the first SSD manufacturer to successfully complete the transition to 2Xnm NAND flash-based storage solutions.

For consumers this is definitely good news, as the die-shrink should bring SSD prices down to a more consumer-friendly level. As it stands now, SSDs are expensive alternatives to hard drives, costing more dollars per gigabyte despite being more reliable on a hardware level. But with lower price points, system builders could be apt to create SSD-only solutions more so than before.

"OCZ is constantly exploring ways to not just advance solid state drive design but also make the technology more affordable, while maintaining high performance and reliability standards," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. "We are excited to complete the transition to the next generation 2Xnm NAND components which reiterates our strategy of producing high performance SSDs at the most attractive price point available for consumer applications."

Consumers who want to purchase OCZ SSDs using the older flash technology can still do so, but they will come with a higher per-gigabyte pricetag than their 2Xnm counterparts. "All of OCZ’s 2Xnm-based SSDs carry the same warranty as the earlier 3Xnm versions, and it is the Company’s objective to continue to deliver the very best balance of affordability, performance, and capacity to ensure an optimal computing experience," OCZ added.

OCZ didn't specify when the new 2Xnm SSDs will arrive, so stay tuned.

  • jprahman
    Yes, please give us cheaper SSDs.
  • house70
    ...about flipping time.
  • TheDuke
    good news but still won't get my hopes up
  • Ncrdrg
    That is awesome news. I'm only a few months away from pulling the trigger on replacing a few of my drives with SSD ones. Making them cheaper would be great for any future upgrade I have. I can't possibly afford to replace my 1TB drive with a SSD solution as it currently stands.
  • warakomd
    i can't even put into words how excited this makes me.
  • eklipz330


    of course it will LEAD to cheaper SSD's.. but that doesn't make them affordable now. maybe in a year or two.
  • picsoul
    YAY! I just ordered my first SSD. You guessed it, its a OCZ vertex 2!
  • mt2e
    yea $400 for a ocz right now is WAY too much
  • Swindez95
    I hate to be the bearer of bad news but before some of you pull the trigger on the new 25nm drives, the performance is lacking right now.

    Here is the article at overclockers
    This could be solved by a later firmware update maybe but this looks to be a hardware issue as preliminary assumptions consider the fact that since OCZ now only has to use half as many chips for the same capacity as the older drives, that equates to half as many channels to write to and read from.

    These observations appear true as the benchmarks show about a write speed of half the previous generation and the 4k32d reads are half as FAST as well.

    EDIT - Ooops I put half as slow when I meant to say half as fast as the previous drives. Sorry for the confusion.
  • curiousgeorgieo
    Hey guys. Just a thought. Wouldn't the market determine the price and thus the die shrink would make higher profit margins potentially instead?