True SSD performance for the masses?
That is what prolific SSD maker OCZ is proposing this week with its second generation 'Solid 2' solid state drive series and you know what? It might just be right.
Key to this is the 2.5in SATA II range's use of the now tried and trusted Indilinx controller with 64MB cache (as seen in the Vertex and Agility lines (and their Always Fast firmware). This means that real world performance should see none of the stuttering or reliability issues that plagued early SSDs and the real world performance of 125MBps read and 100MBps write should be more than enough for most machines.
As for capacities, they come in healthy 64GB and 128GB options, though I would like to have seen a 32GB ultra affordable model for netbook owners. MTBF (mean time between failure) is also quoted at a whopping 1.5m hours, while a standard three year warranty shows just how confident OCZ is in this newbie.
"While solid state drives offer exceptional performance, the high cost of ownership has been a barrier for many consumers," said OCZ VP of product development Eugene Chang. "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."
That price point? Frustratingly OCZ doesn't say but given that it's midrange Agility series came in at $129.99 (30GB), $219.99 (60GB) and $349.99 (120GB) in June I'd expect the Solid 2 line up to be pretty tasty when they launch imminently.
I'll update once pricing is announced.