OCZ Onyx: Cheap SSDs Finally Fast?

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Up until now, you really had a choice to make when it comes to solid state drives (SSDs): you could get a drive that was good and fast, or you could get a drive that was good and cheap. OCZ is looking to change all of that with the Onyx SSD series.

 

The new drives don’t offer quite as much speed as their other offerings like the Vertex or Vertex Turbo SSDs, but they’re still decent performers.  The Onyx comes in with quoted 125MB/s sequential read speeds and 70MB/s sequential write speeds.  Compared to some of the SSDs out there today, that might seem slow.  Compared to more traditional hard drives, however, and the playing field more than levels out.  Despite have slower (but still respectable) read/write times, the Onyx SSD retains the one thing solid state drives kill hard drives in: extremely low latency.  That means that applications, such as Firefox or Photoshop will still load much more quickly on a drive like this than a fast conventional spinning magnetic drive.

In all, with a capacity of 32GB and a price tag of “under $100”, the Onyx looks like it might be the start of bringing decent-quality SSDs to a price point in which they can find mainstream acceptance.

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