OCZ’s low price Onyx SSD

OCZ has a sub-$100 SSD offered as a netbook, laptop and desktop hard drive replacement. It only comes in a 32GB capacity for now, using multi-level cell (MLC) NAND, and has a SATA II interface, TRIM support so it works better with Windows, and poor-to-respectable performance. The read speed is up to 125MB/sec with writing peaking at 70MB/sec. There is a 64MB cache and some form of wear-levelling, described opaquely as “unique performance optimisation to keep the drives at peak performance over the long term”. There is a three-year warranty and a 1.5 million hours MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure) statistic. If we compare it with OCZ’s Vertex range we find a 30GB MLC vertex costs about $130 from an e-tailer and delivers up to 250MB/sec read and 180MB/sec write speed. It too has a 64MB cache and the SATA II interface. Assume the Onyx’s sub-$100 price point is actually … Continue reading