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OCZ Onyx Is First SSD Under $100

Gordon Kelly


OCZ Onyx Is First SSD Under $100

It may not be a rampaging powerhouse, but has this SSD just broken important new ground thanks to OCZ?

The increasingly influential solid state drive manufacturer has today boosted its lines with the release of the ‘Onyx’ series. It doesn’t offer breakneck speeds and it isn’t particularly capacious, but it does become the first SSD we’ve seen to break the magical $100 (£66) barrier.

So what do you get for this meagre outlay? A 32GB MLC NAND based drive with 64MB of cache and read and write speeds of 125MB/sec and 70MB/sec respectively. Yes this is nothing spectacular in SSD terms, but the ballistic access times of an SSD should make it perform far quicker than any HDD you can put it against.

Consequently, ideal uses would include fitting it into a netbook or older (SATA sporting) laptop to deliver an immediate speed boost or hooking it up as a boot drive in a desktop configuration. Either way, hopping on the SSD bandwagon has never been so affordable.

Furthermore, OCZ is keen to stress that just because the Onyx is cheap that doesn’t mean it will have the lifespan of an average Marks & Spencer sandwich and claims a huge 1.5m hour mean time before failure (MTBF) rate and backs this up with a three year warranty.

Yes, you could do a lot worse...


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Ala Miah

March 11, 2010, 6:39 pm

Would this fit onto the Acer 18010TZ?

Would love to try this and give it a whirl.


March 11, 2010, 6:55 pm

@Ala - yes it would work just fine. All laptops made within the last few years will use SATA connectors.


March 11, 2010, 7:37 pm

thats not specifically true though gordon,many oems use a interposer system,so although this wiould be fine in a single drive system you woud have to go looking for a caddy and interposer to use it as a second drive.not sure about the acer but i do know this is true with many dell and hp laptops.


March 11, 2010, 8:10 pm

@betelgeous - I'm pretty sure the majority of people using a laptop are only looking at uses this as an HDD replacement, not a complex, unwieldy two drive solution - but I appreciate your point.

It is an ideal as part of a multi-drive setup in a desktop config though


March 11, 2010, 8:39 pm

"Furthermore, OCZ is keen to stress that just because the Onyx is cheap that doesn&#8217t mean it will have the lifespan of an average Marks & Spencer sandwich"

Article written before lunch perhaps? :-) The sandwich may not last as long, but it will be tastier!

Don Kanonjii

March 12, 2010, 3:04 am

When can we expect to be able to buy one. I have had issues with many SATA drives dying and would like to replace mine the speed boost would also be welcomed.


March 12, 2010, 4:19 am

@Stelph - the SSD has more bytes ;)

@Darren - OCZ didn't give an exact release date, but they tend to launch products almost immediately after announcing them so don't expect to wait too long.


April 11, 2010, 8:39 am

@Don Kanonjii, 32GB version is available at many places online now. Including newegg, zipzoomfly, tigerdirect, mwave, etc. zipzoomfly and mwave both have the 64 GB version but they're in the "out of stock" status.

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