|OCZ SATA-II 32GB 2.5-Inch SSD OCZSSD2-1S32G|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 13 May 2008|
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SSD Final Thoughts
EDITORS NOTE: Please read Solid State Drive (SSD) Benchmark Performance Testing to understand how the benchmarks used in this article should be interpreted.
As a product analyst, I often get to have my hands on product that I would otherwise never spend my own money to purchase. Certainly without argument, Solid State Drives might fall into this category. There are many products which I feel are so new that it's better to let them ripen on the vine, so to say. However early adopters never follow the pack, and scoff at the notion of waiting out the next technologies maturity. So when Benchmark Reviews began testing SSD's last year en masse, it seemed like we were doing very little more than toying with the untouchable.
But a lot has changed since then. Would you believe that the 32 GB OCZ SATA-II SSD OCZSSD2-1S32G we tested has a $17 per gigabyte price ratio? That might seem high, especially to a product like the Western Digital Raptor which is available for about $2 per gigabyte of storage. However, if you're in the market for an SSD, and traditional Hard Disk Drives won't suit your needs, than the time of the Solid State Drive is very near. Consider for a moment that before now, SSD's such the 32 GB MemoRight GT cost on the level of $33 per gigabyte. Even the entry-level 32 GB Mtron MOBI 3000 will run nearly $22 per gigabyte.
So while OCZ is certainly taking on a lot of new ground, they are also providing performance at a more reasonable cost to consumers. Not only are they less than 5% dedicated towards the flash-based side of their product line, but they join a very small collection of not more than ten other manufacturers producing the technology at a retail level.
For the year, or at least since Reno Hosted the SuperComputing Conference SC07, I have been on the prowl to test every SSD I could get my hands onto. It seemed that every time I requested a sample, I was given the run-around. Some manufacturers like to issue press release statements announcing their latest SSD product and specification ratings, and then give the excuse that they are in development even after a full six months after product announcement (shame on you, Transcend). It's nice to see that some companies still deliver what they promise... and can do so on the same day they release a statement. Perhaps OCZ will inspire other companies to actually release what they advertise, or at a minimum release a product that meets the stated specifications when it finally is made public.