TechSpot

OCZ announces 'mainstream' Onyx 2 SSDs

By Matthew
Sep 27, 2010
Post New Reply
  1. OCZ's solid-state offering has expanded further today with the introduction of second-gen Onyx drives. Designed for mainstream desktop and mobile PCs, the Onyx 2 series is faster, more durable, and cheaper than its predecessor. The drives make use of MLC NAND flash chips along with a SandForce controller, though the exact version isn't specified in the press release or product page.

    Read the whole story
  2. KG363

    KG363 TS Enthusiast Posts: 524   +9

    I bought a Vertex 2 today for $215 :)
  3. grvalderrama

    grvalderrama TS Enthusiast Posts: 196

    what is trim anyway?
  4. KG363

    KG363 TS Enthusiast Posts: 524   +9

    "Trim" is a command that Windows 7 sends to the SSD to tell it to delete files that you have deleted.
    On a HDD.When you delete a file, the OS just marks it deleted. Then data is just written over it.
    But with a SSD, the data has to be deleted first. Before that part of the drive can have data written to it again! So the "trim" command.

    Without Trim, once all the blocks on the SSD have been written to once. Any more writes would be slower because the drive would have to delete then write from now on.
    But with "Trim" the blocks would already be clean
  5. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,312   +265

    Were you trying to be funny grvalderrama or was that a serious question?
  6. Just what's needed, another middle of the road SSD, not much cheaper than the top of the line products............
  7. OneArmedScissor

    OneArmedScissor TS Rookie Posts: 49

    $185 for 120GB is cheaper than anything else, silly goose.

    The problem is that both the existing Onyx and Kingston drives follow this pattern:

    30/32GB - $70

    64GB - $100

    128GB - $230

    ...how did $30 of flash memory turn into $130?!? Even dropping a fair chunk of that markup with this new Onyx 2, they're still yanking our chains.
  8. OneArmedScissor

    OneArmedScissor TS Rookie Posts: 49

    Sorry, there's a typo. That should say $60 of flash memory, not $30.
  9. KG363

    KG363 TS Enthusiast Posts: 524   +9

    licensing fees, putting the drive together, packaging, shipping, and of course, a healthy profit
  10. OneArmedScissor

    OneArmedScissor TS Rookie Posts: 49

    Point being that was already taken care of at the low end...

    "Healthy" profit would be a bit of an understatement.
  11. Flannelwarrior

    Flannelwarrior TS Rookie Posts: 149

    How do other operating systems handle this? I assume snow leopard has a native feature as well, but with XP / Linux, do you need to use third party software to achieve the same effect? Does Trim need to be enabled manually, or does it work as soon as the OS recognizes a SSD?
     
  12. Why would you use an SSD with linux anyways??? What do you gain? Seriously? "Wohoo OpenOffice loaded 5 seconds faster!! This totally validates a $300 part that can be sought for $50 and will do the same."
  13. KG363

    KG363 TS Enthusiast Posts: 524   +9

    OSX has no trim equivalent. I'm not sure about Linux

  14. Why would you use an SSD with anything if note purely to shave seconds off saving/loading?
  15. With windows where you're gaming, then yes that is understandable, but for most users considering the price that SSD's are, WHY would you use linux on it? Maybe in a couple of years when they can be had for the same price as HDD's then sure that's fine. But now? Why?
  16. Say you have a laptop and want long battery life. An SSD uses alot less power after all and changing from windows to linux also extends your usable time per charge.
  17. Ok, longer battery life? SSD's are more expensive than batteries. If you're seriously concerned about battery life, then save a lot of money and buy an extra battery. Still a cheaper alternative than buying an SSD.
  18. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    Wow...could we please have the guests create an account if you are going to argue like this...it's a bit confusing who is arguing what lol.
  19. Flannelwarrior

    Flannelwarrior TS Rookie Posts: 149

    Why would a solid state drive be more viable with Windows than with Linux? I don't see that your OS makes a difference here...
  20. The differences in an operating system can have a great impact if one has either more bloatware, and/or more efficiency in how it uses a part or piece of data. Some machines will see a greater impact from a ssd part than others. Depending on what you use it for, the price of adopting what will arguably be the future of storage now or later is a choice of value and budget.
  21. Trim Explained
    I read Techspot, Tweaktown, The Inquirer for tech buffs, and others and I think your "trim" explanation is the best to come across the web.
    Thanks, Felix, Sanibel, FL


Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.