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MLC-based OCZ Solid 2 SSD drives promise low prices

updated 12:20 pm EDT, Wed August 12, 2009

OCZ Solid 2 SSD announced

OCZ has released its OCZ Solid 2 SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive, using MLC-based NAND flash memory for a balance between performance and price. While MLC memory is slightly slower than SLC memory, the new drives deliver 100MB/sec write (120GB model) and 125MB/sec read speeds and a seek time of less than 0.1ms using the less expensive memory type. The drives carry a 64MB onboard cache and a three-year warranty, while mean time between failure is rated at 1.5 million hours.

The OCZ Solid 2 drives are available in 60GB and 120GB versions, with the 120GB version delivering faster write performance --- the 120GB is rated for 100MB/sec, while the 60GB writes at 80GB/sec. They offer RAID support and low power consumption -- 4.5V to 5.5V -- with a shock resistance rating of 1500G. The drives use an Indilinx controller for enhanced performance.

OCZ is billing the drives as a mainstream consumer product with affordable prices. The company has not actually announced pricing and availability, however, a common practice among companies delivering SSD drives.

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  1. MyRightEye

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    Corsair people...

    I do not understand people spending all this money on OCZ drives. Apple uses the Samsung SSD in its laptops, and that's the same SSD just rebranded that is sold by Corsair and Dell. This Samsung drive is not overly expensive, especially right now at Dell where I just upgraded my 128 to a 256 and let me tell you, it's faster than OCZ, and cheaper, and doesn't need to go through all those alignment issues. Plug and play - period.

  1. statbit

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    Joined: Jul 2008


    vertex drive experiences

    I believe OCZ also makes a Samsung controller based SSD, the Summit. I had two Vertex (Indilinx controller), which is the controller used in the Solid 2's as well.

    The Vertexes were VERY fast, but unfortunately ended up corrupting themselves, beyond all recovery in some cases. They also experienced some significant 'stalls' even when they were 'healthy'. Personally, I would steer clear of these drives, especially in a mac.

    The firmware update process is also not particularly Mac friendly.

  1. cartoonasaur

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    Joined: May 2009


    Apple's SSD is sssslow...

    Apple sells by far the slowest and most out-of-date SSD in its laptops BUT they are quite reliable.

    However, the speed difference is GIGANTIC if you buy some of the other mac-compatible brands out there - I mean, it's like your laptop more than DOUBLES in speed... If speed is your need, do it to it.

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