OCZ unveils 32GB, 64GB 300MB/s SATA solid-state drives


— 1:45 PM on March 13, 2008

There's another player in the high-performance solid-state drive game. Well, sort of. OCZ Technology has introduced a line of solid-state drives with capacities of 32GB and 64GB. The two 2.5" drives feature 300MB/s Serial ATA connectivity, and OCZ rates them for read speeds of up to 120MB/s and write speeds as high as 100MB/s. The company adds that its drives are "the ideal upgrade for energy efficiency, performance, and durability," and it gives them two-million-hour mean time between failures (MTBF) ratings in addition to one year of warranty coverage.

Both offerings look very much like Samsung's FlashSSD 2.5" drives. The enclosures appear identical, down to the position of the screws, and capacities are the same. Samsung also rates its 300MB/s SATA 2.5" FlashSSD offerings for the exact same 120MB/s and 100MB/s read and write speeds as OCZ, and the Korean company says its drives are expected to become available this month. Given these similarities, we wouldn't expect anything groundbreaking from the OCZ drives: they're likely rebadged Samsung offerings. The OCZs could prove interesting if they turn out to be easier or cheaper to get in the retail market, though.

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