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Tuesday, 28 September 2010 11:20

OCZ shows its new Onyx 2 SSD

Written by Slobodan Simic

The cheapest one around

We haven't seen anything new from OCZ in quite a while, and finally today they have rolled out the new Onyx 2, an affordable MLC based drive that will be available as a 120 and 240GB model.

As usual, the Onyx 2 SSD is an 2.5-inch SSD that has a SATA 3.0Gbps interface and features TRIM support. Although the controller wasn't detailed, the write and read speeds were, and this one offers up to 270MB/s for read and 265MB/s for write, while random 4k write performance is at up to 10,000 IOPS.

The key selling point of the Onyx 2 SSD is its price. Bear in mind that we are talking about an SSD that is made with performance/price ratio in mind. The 120GB is listed with a price tag set at €179,90 or US $189.99, while the 240GB can be found listed at €209,90 or US $439.99. This is even cheaper than the previously released first generation of Onyx SSD and the only cheaper SSD that is currently listed is the Kingston's SSDNow V-series which is nowhere near the Onyx 2 in terms of performance.

Last modified on Tuesday, 28 September 2010 12:20
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0 #1 terrybear 2010-09-29 06:44
Makes me wonder if these are like 120 gig Agility 2's .... :-*
0 #2 hsew 2010-09-29 16:03
Holy crap! that's less than $2/GB for the 240 GB drive and ALMOST $1.50/GB for the 120GB drive! Here's to hoping that these prices are accurate!


Those prices look whack, especially the Euro/Dollar Conversions. "The 120GB is listed with a price tag set at €179,90 or US $189.99, while the 240GB can be found listed at €209,90 or US $439.99"? 16% difference in Euro price = over 100% difference in Dollar price?
0 #3 terrybear 2010-09-29 16:23
confirmed by xbitlabs posting:
" Based on a SandForce controller, Onyx 2 delivers up to 270MB/s read speed, up to 265MB/s write speed, and up to 10 000 random write IOPS (4k aligned). The Onyx 2 SSDs are available in 120GB and 240GB capacities "

Don't think it would make me give up my 60 gig vertex 2 extended, but 2 of these raid 0'ed on a Intel board would preform nice.
0 #4 Kob 2010-09-29 19:40
I would never agree to trust a new disk/SSD drive with my precious data.
I never understood the great unwashed who are owestruck by new storage devices just because they are new, have better performance or better price. Must wait a few months and hear reliability data - which unfortunately is difficult to come by.
The vendors learned the trick in the last few years - a new revision every 3-4 months: "Oh, you complain that the current piece is either bricked or just stutters? here is a new, shinier and better version for you. Sorry, we don't support the old product any more..". Much more cost effective than going through robust dev engineering practice and extensive QA.
+7 #5 blandead 2010-09-30 02:24
there this thing called a disk backup.. its kinda cool

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