OCZ Solid 2 SSD Claims to be Affordable Indilinx

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • jacobdrj
    Cat and mouse... They are waiting on the Intel re-releases...
  • griffed88
    better be under $150...
  • ethanolson
    Does it support hot-plug?
  • xaira
    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.
  • duckmanx88
    ultra-affordable: it'll only cost you an arm. you can keep your leg.
  • Kaiser_25
    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...
  • gwolfman
    duckmanx88ultra-affordable: it'll only cost you an arm. you can keep your leg.lolz
  • fonzy
    Probably still to expensive but if this keeps up SSD's will fall extremely fast.
  • daship
    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.
  • 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.