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OCZ 'Core Series' HALVES SSD Prices

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OCZ 'Core Series' HALVES SSD Prices

OCZ already stole our hearts with its pricey but barnstorming 64GB SATA II, so what if that pesky price problem was about to disappear...?

In possibly the biggest news to hit the SSD arena since Samsung shocked us in May (the two are known to work closely) is OCZ's 'Core Series' a line which it claims more than halves costs without sacrificing performance.

Available in 32GB ('OCZ OCZSSD2-1C32G'), 64GB ('OCZ OCZSSD2-1C64G') and 128GB ('OCZ OCZSSD2-1C128G') capacities, the Cores will come with RRPs of just $169 (£84), $259 (£129) and $479 (£240) respectively. Compare this with OCZ's £700+ asking price for its (undeniably excellent) 64GB SSD just two months ago and you can see why we are excited.

Remarkably, performance isn't taking a nosedive on the range either with OCZ quoting read/write speeds in the range of 100MBps and 80MBps for the 32GB and 64GB models and a rampaging 143MBps and 93MBps for the 128GBer. The all important 0.35ms rated seek time also makes them up to 10x faster than traditional HDDs for everyday activities.

Couple that with a 50 per cent average power and weight saving, far greater durability due to a lack of moving parts, no need to defrag and no heat built up and (to coin a newsworthy pun) this looks like game, set and match.

"SSDs offer higher performance, reliability, and energy efficiency than conventional HDDs but the cost variance has limited adoption of vastly superior SSD technology, until now," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. "It is our mission to deliver the highest performance products to consumers at reasonable prices, and with the release of the Core Series SSDs we have done exactly that.

Get them into your laptops and desktops ASAP. Computing life is about to get a whole lot faster.

Update: We've just got UK release and pricing info through. The former is great with all models landing on 7 July (!) but we have taken something of a hit with 'Being British Tax' upping them to: £117.99, £179.99 and £319.99 respectively. I could complain, but there's so much drool on my keyboard I'd feel hypocritical...

Note: Hugo has made a very good point to me: with a WD Velociraptor carrying a £250 RRP the ultra high-end HDD space has to now be under serious threat....


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July 2, 2008, 1:53 pm

I thought I heard a clap of thunder on the way in to work today. After reading this I believe it was the collective sound of thousands of early adopters smacking their foreheads and shouting &#8216dammit!&#8217

Regrettably my aging (but still jolly useful) XPS Gen 2 laptop doesn&#8217t have a SATA 2 interface but this does make upgrading awfully tempting&#8230


July 2, 2008, 4:43 pm

They have these on pre-order over at Play.com! I'm teetering on ordering a 128GB'er for my MacBook Pro... decisions decisions... the unit is still under warranty and I'm on my third HDD already because I keep upgrading! Gotta love the data storage industry :)

But this is the breakthrough we've been waiting for in the SSD market... I see a sudden influx of low price SSD's on the horizon, hurrah! Kudos to OCZ.


July 2, 2008, 7:49 pm

Think you'll notice that was the links I put up in the article Shaun ;)

Go for it and let us know how you get on!

Matthew Bunton

July 2, 2008, 11:11 pm

It's about time in my opinion.

The HD market has been relatively stagnant for many years now. Whilst developers concentrated a great deal of money and time on improving CPUs, GFX cards and Ram etc the poor old HD has been left a bit behind. Yes the storage capacity has regularly increased however the performance has had little change over the years.

I have been using Raptor drives since they were first introduced due to their improved performance but unfortunately they generate a lot of heat and noise. As SSD drives suffer from neither of these problems this is a big breakthrough in my opinion.


July 4, 2008, 2:22 am

D'oh! Sorry I missed those :(

I'm trying to source a UK channel distributor for OCZ, the only disti that has ever supplied our company with OCZ is Enta Group, but having contacted them they no longer deal in OCZ products... hopefully I'll be able to get hold of some of these through our company. The hunt continues...

pootle 1

July 31, 2008, 1:31 am

So it seems the SATA II interface is what makes these SSD drives fly.... thing I've got a macbook pro (2.33 vintage) that only has a SATA controller, and the original OCZ drives with only a SATA were quite a bit slower writing data, but would the fact the drive itself has SATA II help overcome some of the perfomance problems? After all, even SATA is 1.5gb/s with SATA II being 3.0gb/s, surely thats enough pure bandwidth?


August 5, 2008, 8:36 pm

A small word of caution. These drives seem to be experiencing some problems, particularly with older southbridge (input/output controller hub) chips like the ICH7M. See the OCZ forum at


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