|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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EDITORS NOTE: Please read Solid State Drive (SSD) Benchmark Performance Testing to understand how the benchmarks used in this article should be interpreted.
With the American economy in the midst of a recession, manufacturers are having to pull out some very creative ideas to help market their products. Add onto this the fact that SSD technology carries a premium, and the need for extremely eye-catching product packaging becomes more of a requirement. Despite this, most of the product packaging we have seen for SSD products has been more tipid than anything else. OCZ does a fair job with a "consumer electronics" blue retail box but with the uncertain economic climate it might make sense to add a bit of sparkle to help edge out the competition.
In regards to product appearance, you would never know that OCZ is capturing the value portion of the SSD market. The Alloy case with brushed finish is well beyond the plastic card case I've seen the competition using. It can look expensive, and it does, but thankfully the price tag is nowhere near the competition's level.
Construction is probably the strongest feature credited to the OCZ SATA-II SSD. Solid State Drives are by nature immune to most abuses, but add to this a hard shell and you have to wonder what it would take to make this drive fail. Keep wondering, because I'm not in a position to wreck one of these just yet. Suffice it to say, OCZ doesn't plan on handling many RMA's because of shock failure; and if your notebook or UMPC suffered enough abuse to cause the SSD to fail, then you've got much bigger problems.
Based off of the HD Tach results, OCZ's new SATA-II SSD OCZSSD2-1S32G has just set two new records: producing a data burst read speed of 160.7 MBps and a sustained read bandwidth of 156.4 MBps. Thus far, the only other Solid State Drive to come near to this performance has been the MemoRight GT for roughly four times the cost. It seems that updating the interface controller up to SATA-II standards has made a generous difference in performance.
Value is a relative term, especially when you discuss bleeding edge technology. People ridicule the thought of making the high-dollar purchase of an SSD over a standard hard drive, but then they get into their Hummer's and Porsche's and drive to Starbucks. At the ends of every emerging technology are two sides: one which will buy the technology and one that will not. Thankfully, Solid State Disk technology is made more affordable by OCZ's value play. At the time of this writing, the 32 GB version of OCZ's SATA-II SSD is available at NewEgg for $315. Other online retailers are selling the OCZSSD2-1S32G 32GB for a few dollars more or less, so it's always best to shop around. Not an inexpensive storage solution, but still much less costly than the others by far.
In conclusion, the OCZ SATA-II Solid State Drive is an excellent product for extending notebook battery life and increasing overall system performance. With prices much closer to affordable, gamers and hardware enthusiasts may also benefit from the new technology, and utilize the OCZSSD2 to power their high-performance computer system. The performance is difinately there, and the price has become less of an issue; so it might be time to give Solid State Drives a try! I highly recommend the OCZ SATA-II OCZSSD2-1S32G 32GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive, as it has set read speed records at a cost more in-line with enthusiast expectations.
+ 156.4 MBps sustained read bandwidth in HD Tach
- Still on the expensive side. Even with the best cost:gigabyte ratio.
Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
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