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OCZ Technology Group, a leading supplier of DRAM and flash-based products, has launched its first value solid-state drive (SSD) at sub-$100 price-point. The flash-based storage device can boast with relatively high performance along with Trim command and is designed to speed up boot-time of Windows 7-based personal computers (PCs).

The first OCZ Onyx solid-state drive has 32GB capacity and 64MB onboard cache. The SSD sports up to 125MB/s read speed, up to 70MB/s write speed and Trim command to optimize performance of the drive. OCZ declares 0.1ms seek time as well as 1.5 million hours meantime before failure time for its new cost-effective product. The company claims that its Onyx 32GB will cost less than $100 and will be aimed at cost-conscious buyers.

“OCZ continues to expand both our enterprise and consumer SSD lines, and one of our goals is to make SSDs more affordable to end-users. Our new Onyx series SSD does exactly that and is a perfect solution for netbooks, laptops, or home desktop PCs. Designed to offer the best of both worlds, the new OCZ Onyx SSD delivers the speed and reliability of solid state storage to mainstream consumers at an aggressive price point that makes the technology more accessible to customers who want to take advantage of all the benefits of the SSDs without incurring the high cost normally associated with the solution,” said Ryan Petersen, chief executive officer of the OCZ Technology Group.

OCZ Onyx is not the first low-cost SSD designed to boost performance of modern personal computers and only meant to carry operating system along with a couple of crucial programs. Late last year Kingston Technology already offered a very inexpensive SSD, but that model lacked cache, Trim feature and cost over $100.

It is crucial for OCZ Technology Group to become a well-known and respected supplier of SSD. The potential of solid-state drives is very high and it is important to become a respected provider of appropriate products, something that OCZ has already done on the market of high-end memory modules.

Tags: OCZ, Onyx, SSD

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