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OCZ launches budget SSD

OCZ launches budget SSD

The 32GB Onyx SSD from OCZ Technologies is the company's first to hit the market with an MRSP below $100.

OCZ Technology has announced its first solid-state drive to hit the market below the magic $100 price point - the Onyx.

While the Onyx - a 2.5" SATA II SSD - only offers a somewhat cramped 32GB of storage space, it could be a tempting purchase for those looking to speed up a boot drive or make their ultraportable laptop a bit more robust.

The company claims that while storage space has been trimmed, performance has been kept as high as possible - and while it's unlikely to challenge any of the market leading devices, a read speed of 125MB/s and a 70MB/s write speed certainly isn't anything to complain about. A generous 64MB of on-board cache helps to keep things ticking along, too.

The company's chief executive officer Ryan Petersen claims that the Onyx series - which is expected to grow to encompass larger sizes in the future - "delivers the speed and reliability of solid state storage to mainstream consumers at an aggressive price point that makes the technology more accessible to customers who want to take advantage of all the benefits of the SSDs without incurring the high cost normally associated with the solution."

OCZ is pretty confident about the long-term benefits of its budget SSD, too: offering a three-year warranty, the company claims that the Onyx series features "unique performance optimisation to keep the drives at peak performance over the long term" - although it's a trifle cagey with the details of exactly what 'optimisation' it means.

The 32GB Onyx is available to retailers immediately, so expect it to crop up on your favourite hardware sites pretty sharpish.

Can you think of a use for a 'budget' SSD, or is the Onyx still too expensive for a mere 32GB of storage? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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13eightyfour 11th March 2010, 15:05 Quote
It all depends on what the UK pricing comes out at imo, if it hits the £60-£70 mark then i may pick one up just as a boot drive but ive got a feeling its going to be nearer £100 in which case ill give it a miss.
rickysio 11th March 2010, 15:13 Quote
If it comes out in Singapore for under S$100 (I'm hoping) I'd have a new boot drive.
Mentai 11th March 2010, 15:14 Quote
I could use this, my old boot drive died so right now I have everything on my 2tb raid config which was originally intended for storage. I don't fancy having to reformat that if something goes wrong haha
Naberius 11th March 2010, 15:14 Quote
Would be pretty good as a boot drive for my media centre, all depends on the price though. If it comes in at £65 or less then I might have to pick one up.
mi1ez 11th March 2010, 15:16 Quote
Yay.
Another cheap SSD offering the same or lower performance than a high end HDD at a lower capacity and higher price.
rimscar 11th March 2010, 15:19 Quote
did have a 60gb SSD, but it failed after a month, so returned. That model deconned, had the option of replacement or refund.
As i`m getting new tech overload and my poor old brain is struggling to keep up with all the shennanigans of firm trimware or trim firmware or ware trimfir or whatever else plagues the SSD market, i opted for the refund.
I`ve only just come to terms with BD, HD, hdmi etc!!
I realise that this is all the fun of the fair for early adopters, but there comes a point where i can't be ar*sed with all the faffing around, so have decided to hand over the bucks when the tech settles down a bit more and stabilises......./flamebait lol
And 30gb?? Way too small, as the wife so often complains...
rickysio 11th March 2010, 15:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
Yay.
Another cheap SSD offering the same or lower performance than a high end HDD at a lower capacity and higher price.

It's all about access times.
Redbeaver 11th March 2010, 15:42 Quote
this is a good start.
tonyd223 11th March 2010, 15:45 Quote
talk to me in a year...
crazyg1zm0 11th March 2010, 16:09 Quote
I am happy to hear the prices are coming down as I am wanting one as a boot but can't afford the prices yet
trig 11th March 2010, 16:16 Quote
is trim supported?
tank_rider 11th March 2010, 16:44 Quote
Looking forward to a review of this. Would be a nice new boot drive to compliment win 7 that I've just loaded on. It's the right time too as I've not got many apps etc installed onto the fresh win install so it isn't too much of an effort to change drive :) I guess like has been said, it depends on how the pricing translates across the Atlantic.
Jehla 11th March 2010, 16:59 Quote
So will this drive deliver ~40sec win7 boot times?
CampGareth 11th March 2010, 17:05 Quote
This is a step in the right direction, but what I'd like is to be able to purchase a pre-made board with a controller and maybe a RAM chip on it, then I could buy my own flash chips from the various reseller sites and solder them on as a real enthusiast would back in the days when manufacturers didn't cater for modding.
rollo 11th March 2010, 17:06 Quote
a ordinary hard disk boots win 7 in less than 40 seconds
Anfield 11th March 2010, 17:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by rollo
a ordinary hard disk boots win 7 in less than 40 seconds

Depends on where you measure from, if you include the time the mainboards wastes before even starting to load the data from whatever kind of storage you use you will have a hard time getting below 40 secs (especially on high end boards with all the latest and greatest stuff and dont even look at raid if you care about boot times measured from the the time you push the power button).
But if you just look at the time it takes to boot from when the system actually starts loading windows no sdd (not even first gen jmicron cr*p) will ever take anything close to 40 secs.
cybergenics 11th March 2010, 17:58 Quote
Measuring a disk or PC's boot time is a spurious past-time. Youtube is full of videos of people claiming their PC or Mac is fast because it boots Windows or OSX in a short time. Any fresh installation devoid of applications will boot WIndows quickly, even without tweaks and on slow disks. When you start having Itunes and sludge that Adobe installs running at startup, that's when you boot times travel back into the dark ages. I had Pentium M laptop running XP that booted in about 20 seconds, from hitting the power key to being ready to use. But had a Q6600 system at 3.5 running XP (before Vista was installed) with faster drives, more ram etc, that took about a minute.

In other words, its naff all to do with hardware, boot times, most of the time.
Jipa 11th March 2010, 18:11 Quote
Looking forward to some benchmarks.. One use would be to replace my laptop drive. In that use I just don't need capacity, all I want is fast boot and long battery life..
Jehla 11th March 2010, 18:18 Quote
I'll rephrase that then. Will this drive deliver a considerably faster boot up time compared to a high end hdd?
wuyanxu 11th March 2010, 18:23 Quote
my Samsung SSD has even slower read speed at 90MB/s, and yet it is able to boot, load all background programs (i have a lot, dont want to waste 8GB RAM) in under 30 seconds. so getting an SSD is definitely the way to go, even it looks slower.

does this one support TRIM? will there be a OCZ value drive at 128GB or above? im not very happy that this Samsung drive doesn't support TRIM and has this format bug.
dec 11th March 2010, 18:25 Quote
who cares about boot times? I wanna see it copy a thousand or so 5MB files with 5 one gig files being copied to another disk
rollo 11th March 2010, 19:32 Quote
my old hd computer booted from turned off to win 7 workable and useable in 30 seconds give or take a second or so. And that had aload of crap installed on it.

my current ssd windows 7 boots in around 35 seconds (intel x-25m)

but its more for access times that ssd rules. load times for games drop in half in places. Thats its true power. Problem with something this small you wont fit anything on it
Sloth 11th March 2010, 19:57 Quote
Pah, 10-20 seconds less boot time for $100? I leave my PC on for a day to a week at a time, this is only 10-20 less seconds per day at best, 1.4-2.8 seconds per day at worst. Boot drive SSDs just make no sense to me, unless you're using a laptop with a 5,400rpm drive which you frequently turn on/off as you go, and for that application 32GB is usually too little unless you can fit another old school HDD in as storage. Once SSDs are reasonably priced and sized for use as game drives (128GB or more) then I might be interested. 5 seconds on a game's loading screen is percieved as a world of difference.
digitaldave 11th March 2010, 20:50 Quote
15 seconds boot time (from press on to internet/email) on my macbooc pro (snow leapard) with OCZ vertex SSD
yakyb 11th March 2010, 21:12 Quote
interesting may get one (if uk price is reasonable) for a DB drive for testing
TWeaK 11th March 2010, 21:22 Quote
I like the sound of this, however I have my 1TB drive in two partitions with my OS drive set at ~150GB (and I'm thinking of extending it to 200GB). That's pretty much all games as well, so I doubt I could manage with 32GB. Hopefully it'll start a trend though and we'll see larger and cheaper SSDs.

Anyway, reviews please.
wuyanxu 11th March 2010, 21:45 Quote
it's not only about boot times, all programs load instantly and there's no more hard drive clicking noise. only the boot time can be measured as all other operations are pretty short, but the difference can be felt, it's as clear as day and night.

i honestly don't see why none of the desktop users flock to buy SSD. it's the best thing since sliced bread. it is guaranteed to speed up the feel of your system.

speaking of games, i've put GTA4 onto my SSD and since then, i only see 2 or 3 loading images before getting into game, and there is zero blurry texture (streaming texture) even when driving at top speed. (on WD Black, those blurry texture are quite frequent when driving fast, and WD Black is fastest in access time) but yes, you would have to be selective about your games, can't just install Steam folder on the SSD and hope it will fit.
HandMadeAndroid 12th March 2010, 00:04 Quote
I bought an intel 40gb mainstream as the £99 price point was very tempting when I was making a new system. I can honestly say that this combined with 64bit W7 is a real massive improvement by leaps and bounds. I use a 1TB samsung for storage and this causes no problems, except for the noise of hard drives :)
Xtrafresh 12th March 2010, 04:03 Quote
28 replies, and NOBODY asked what controller is on this drive? That's the one and only thing i was curious to find out from this newsarticle, and it's not mentioned, and nobody seems to have thought to care. After all the mixed results with different controllers being the one and only deciding factor for performance, i´d have thought it would have gotten SOME attention at least. Ok, i'll ask:

Which controller is in this drive?
Scootiep 12th March 2010, 04:29 Quote
Why would anyone even consider this drive with the Agility series drives offering better performance for the same stupid price?
Elton 12th March 2010, 05:11 Quote
+ 1 to Extrafresh and Trig.

All I want to know is: TRIM and what controller?
IanW 12th March 2010, 05:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by TomsHardware

OCZ's new Onyx SSDs are MLC-based and use the Indilinx Amigos controller. The series also features read speeds of up to 125MB/s, write speeds of up to 70MB/s, 64MB of on-board cache, 3.0Gb/s interface, and TRIM support, rounding out an attractive-yet-cheap package.
l3v1ck 12th March 2010, 08:13 Quote
I can see it being useful as a boot drive on a laptop, as long as there's a HDD too to put the page file on and to store files.
xaser04 12th March 2010, 08:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu


i honestly don't see why none of the desktop users flock to buy SSD. it's the best thing since sliced bread. it is guaranteed to speed up the feel of your system.

Probably because for home use the cost of changing to a SSD is hard to justify.

Whilst I would quite like a 128GB SSD as a boot drive on my main Core i7 PC I can't justify the cost, especially when that money could be put to better use changing my laptops HD for a SSD. Even then the extra few seconds it would save are simply not worth the cost (not to mention a massive drop in storage capacity - something critical as my laptop only has room for one HD).
impar 12th March 2010, 09:55 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xtrafresh
28 replies, and NOBODY asked what controller is on this drive?
No need.
It is too expensive for the capacity
or,
It is too small for the price.
javaman 12th March 2010, 10:01 Quote
while I would love an SSD for my netbook since I can hear the HDD ticking all the time, I'd worry about page filing killing it. Interesting to see power draw too but I already get 6+ hours easily enough so it wouldn't be a huge advantage there. The only problem is the small memory, fair enough if you only use your portable device for basic stuff but throw on a few films or some music for when you on the go and thatll eat up all your storage. Unless you have some extrnal device or a home server to store your data, your probally better off with mechenical HDD in that situation.
Fizzban 12th March 2010, 11:34 Quote
TBH the newest hard drives like my 1TB Samsung F3 are sufficiently quick and have a price that cannot be argued with. Also I don't have to worry about firmware or controllers.. blah blah. SSD's are just too expensive for what they are. Give it another year and maybe they will actually be worth considering.
airchie 12th March 2010, 14:28 Quote
Am I the only one thinking 4 of these drives in RAID0 would pwn?
Even just two of them should see read speeds in excess of 300MB/s while giving you more usable space than a single drive.
If I still had a desktop I'd be looking at RAID for sure. :)
impar 12th March 2010, 15:43 Quote
Greetings!

Wouldnt a Intel 80GB be better?
./^\.Ace./^\. 12th March 2010, 15:47 Quote
SSDs are not at the point I want yet. One day we will see 512GB and 1TB SSDs for the Price of 500GB and 1TB HDDs. I will adopt SSDs when I can get a 256GB for the price of my 1TB HDD...
I give 2-5 years for that to be trew so I will wait for that day...
Chocobollz 12th March 2010, 16:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by cybergenics
Measuring a disk or PC's boot time is a spurious past-time. Youtube is full of videos of people claiming their PC or Mac is fast because it boots Windows or OSX in a short time. Any fresh installation devoid of applications will boot WIndows quickly, even without tweaks and on slow disks. When you start having Itunes and sludge that Adobe installs running at startup, that's when you boot times travel back into the dark ages. I had Pentium M laptop running XP that booted in about 20 seconds, from hitting the power key to being ready to use. But had a Q6600 system at 3.5 running XP (before Vista was installed) with faster drives, more ram etc, that took about a minute.

In other words, its naff all to do with hardware, boot times, most of the time.

Yeah I agree. And also, why we even have to do restart the computer? I myself always put my computer on standby or hibernate whenever I'm finished with it, because it'll save a lot of time, eg. you don't have to wait it to boot, don't have to reopen all of your most used programs, etc. I only do a warm/cold boot maybe once in a week to make it fresh again. It's so simple right? After all, that's what standy/hibernate used for, to save time doing reboot!
HourBeforeDawn 12th March 2010, 21:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Naberius
Would be pretty good as a boot drive for my media centre, all depends on the price though. If it comes in at £65 or less then I might have to pick one up.

I was thinking the same thing.
Moyo2k 14th March 2010, 13:38 Quote
Has anyone even looked at the specs? All this talk about boot drives - its got a Read of 125MB/s and a write of 75MB/s - and that's the quoted speed which from experience I can tell you will be +/- 10% of what you get, in the end you can get a 1TB Spinpoint F3 for half the price which has roughly the same read speed, I mean ofc the SSD will be faster but for twice the price and 1/30th the storage its a nay from me

TBH, I won't even look at an SSD unless its 200+MB/s read
Bindibadgi 14th March 2010, 13:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Moyo2k
Has anyone even looked at the specs? All this talk about boot drives - its got a Read of 125MB/s and a write of 75MB/s - and that's the quoted speed which from experience I can tell you will be +/- 10% of what you get, in the end you can get a 1TB Spinpoint F3 for half the price which has roughly the same read speed, I mean ofc the SSD will be faster but for twice the price and 1/30th the storage its a nay from me

TBH, I won't even look at an SSD unless its 200+MB/s read

But you are missing the point of the zero access time there, but I accept you might want just one large drive. As soon as you hit the OS all the taskbar apps and gadgets load at once rather than sequentially. Plus, there are advantages to a small drive for just OS, then storage for other means: if you partition a hard drive you have to wait for the heads to fire back and forth should you want to access to partition at once.

75MB write is admittedly not huge, but people with Intel G1 SSDs had similar and people lived with it. The difference is Kingstons 40GB Intel drive had a dire 40MB/s write though and you could really feel it. It's about what you really want from a storage medium: Tbh I resigning myself to maybe get a 2TB green for mass storage as all it has to do is be quiet and SSD for boot/program drive: although I couldn't do with less than a 60GB OS drive, personally. Even 7200RPM drives are "noisy" for me now - my Samsung F1s piss me off.
Quote:
Originally Posted by ./^\.Ace./^\.
SSDs are not at the point I want yet. One day we will see 512GB and 1TB SSDs for the Price of 500GB and 1TB HDDs. I will adopt SSDs when I can get a 256GB for the price of my 1TB HDD...
I give 2-5 years for that to be trew so I will wait for that day...

It will never happen. Mainstream hard drive sizes will always outweigh SSDs by sheer platter capacity alone.
erratum1 14th March 2010, 14:31 Quote
For an ssd I think I would need a minimum of 120gb, i've already filled 110gb on my c drive.

I've got about 10 games installed a few divx videos, that's all.

I just bought an external 500gb hard drive for £45, I would like the speed of an ssd but their too small and expensive at the moment.
Moyo2k 14th March 2010, 16:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
But you are missing the point of the zero access time there, but I accept you might want just one large drive. As soon as you hit the OS all the taskbar apps and gadgets load at once rather than sequentially. Plus, there are advantages to a small drive for just OS, then storage for other means: if you partition a hard drive you have to wait for the heads to fire back and forth should you want to access to partition at once.

You have a good point about the instant access but I still don't believe its worth wasting twice the money on when you could just save up and buy a true SSD (one that provides much more noticeable results [not that any SSD will not provide noticeable results])

My hard drive is the third loudest thing in my PC after my Optical Drive (Sony Optiarc silence my butt :grrr: and my Side Panel fan) - so when I think when I upgrade I might just go for an SSD Boot drive and 5400 rpm drive too
Fizzban 14th March 2010, 17:26 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Even 7200RPM drives are "noisy" for me now - my Samsung F1s piss me off.

Your PC must be pretty silent then. I can't ever hear my hard drives and my tower is up on the desk next to the monitor. Think my side fan and heatsink fan drown them out. Processor runs hot in this old mobo though..so gotta have heatsink fan on full crack. Thankfully it's a Freezer 7 Pro not an Intel one..or I'd be deaf.
LT.BEECH 14th March 2010, 18:36 Quote
could you not use the silverstonehddboost (if it works)
8igdave 14th March 2010, 22:24 Quote
budget? To me a budget SSD is about £60-70 for 200gb. untill then its not budget.
Moyo2k 15th March 2010, 19:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fizzban
Your PC must be pretty silent then. I can't ever hear my hard drives and my tower is up on the desk next to the monitor. Think my side fan and heatsink fan drown them out. Processor runs hot in this old mobo though..so gotta have heatsink fan on full crack. Thankfully it's a Freezer 7 Pro not an Intel one..or I'd be deaf.

What HSF do you have, I have NEVER heard my CPU fan, literally, I don't know what it sounds like, unless your ear is up against it it's inaudible
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