|OCZ Core Series SATA-II SSD OCZSSD2-1C64G|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 21 July 2008|
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Core Series 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.
EDITORS NOTE 07/25/08: There have been an above-average number of reports indicating data corruption on the OCZ Core SSD. The problem is primarily attributed to the ACHI feature being enabled in the BIOS, even though the manual suggests that this feature is disabled to preserve stability. Benchmark Reviews received our sample unit directly from OCZ and was asked to return it after only a few days, and because of this arrangement were unable to complete long-term stability testing for product reliability.
For the past 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. Unlike some manufacturers that send out a press release with claims of monumental performance from their up-and-coming product, OCZ delivers what they promise... and can do so on the same day they release a statement. So when OCZ mentioned that the 64GB Core Series SSD would sell for $259, I really wasn't sure what to think. It turns out the claims are true, which might mean that the dawn widespread consumer acceptance of SSDs is right around the corner.
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 fit perfectly into this category. There are many products which I feel are so new that it's better to let them ripen on the vine, and with a little time they will mature into something everyone wants. 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 mass, it seemed like we were doing very little more than toying with the untouchable. But that was before you could replace your existing high-performance Hard Disk Drive for a SSD product for almost the same cost (sacrificing a small degree of capacity, of course).
Back when I reviewed the OCZ SATA-II 32GB SSD it seemed like $17 per gigabyte was a good price for SSDs at the time. 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 of course these prices all seem very high compared to the Western Digital Raptor which is available for about $2 per gigabyte of storage. Even with Super Talent MasterDrive MX hitting a reasonable $6 per gigabyte ratio, buyers are still very wary of all things SSD. But now that OCZ can offer a value-priced $4 per gigabyte, I am truly hoping that this line in the sand will begin to disappear.
OCZ's CORE series allows the modest consumer to experience top-tier performance and feature benefits of solid state technology without the serious set-back of premium cost. Since the CORE SSD product line extends to 120 GB, there's really no hold-back from taking on their new technology as a primary partition for your Operating System. With the sluggishness of Windows Vista on standard HDDs, perhaps an SSD is exactly what Microsoft's "O/S" needs to make it in today's world.