OCZ enters SSD market

OCZ enters SSD market

OCZ's second generation SSD drives will follow very shortly after the first and will increase transfer rates massively.

OCZ has announced that it has entered the SSD market with two new drives with capacities of 32GB and 64GB and told us that it intends to quickly develop faster solutions.

While the capacities may not be the largest available, OCZ claims that these first-generation drives are able to hit read speeds of up to 58MB/sec and write speeds of around 35MB/sec. That’s not exactly brilliant, but OCZ says that it will soon replace these drives with faster versions with support for SATA 3Gbps very soon.

OCZ says that the next generation drives will hit more impressive read and write speeds of 120MB/sec and 100MB/sec respectively.

In typical OCZ fashion, the company hasn’t skimped on aesthetics and they’re probably the nicest-looking SSD drives we’ve seen to date. The PCB and memory chips are encased inside a brushed aluminium shell and the total unit weighs just 77g. According to OCZ, the second-generation drive will go on a diet and will weigh in at just 73g.

Although the first-generation drives aren’t as fast as we would have hoped, you can bet that with OCZ’s expertise in the DRAM market, it won’t take it long to catch up with other SSD manufacturers. We don’t have any word on pricing for these units, but one would expect them to be priced competitively against other manufacturer’s equivalent products.

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Xtrafresh 8th January 2008, 20:38 Quote

This is just my kind of gadget: looking totally awesome, (soon to be) sweet performance, and about 0.0001% practical use to me :D

Anyway, i'm digging this ;)
yakyb 8th January 2008, 20:53 Quote
great news the more players the better (waits for seagate to hopefully join the fold)
Redbeaver 8th January 2008, 21:24 Quote
price price price????? :D

on 2nd generation please... no need for 1st gen. really. who would wanna buy an older, slower version? unless the price can really justify it...
identikit 8th January 2008, 21:42 Quote
Shouldn't the specs for version 1 just read "Fast Access"?!
TTmodder 8th January 2008, 21:48 Quote
more competition = faster development & lower price = something i like :p
specofdust 8th January 2008, 22:00 Quote
Super duper. Doen't seem that interesting just yet, simply because the price will be ridiculous and 1st gen tech tends to suck. Not to mention the lame read speeds. But within a generation or two this tech should be exactly what most people want for their OS and games disk. I don't think my RAID will be getting rebuilt with SSDs anytime in the next few years though. These things will be like Raptors I reckon, fast and supurb for those who can afford them - but not mass storage.
lepre 8th January 2008, 22:46 Quote
if 58MB/s read speed is also for not sequential read, as it should be for flash memories, that's impressive
DXR_13KE 8th January 2008, 23:57 Quote
the more the merrier..... and cheaper.....
airchie 9th January 2008, 05:32 Quote
I want one now, 1st or 2nd gen tbh...
Where and how much??? :D
Sparrowhawk 9th January 2008, 05:34 Quote
Yeah, lets hope the prices start falling.
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