OCZ enters SSD market

Written by Tim Smalley

January 8, 2008 // 8:30 p.m.

Tags: #2008 #3gbps #ces #drive #improvements #ocz #performance #rates #sata #solid #ssd #state #transfer

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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