New 60GB OCZ SSD hits Newegg, costs $299

In mid-August, we commented that OCZ had introduced Core Series V2 solid-state drives barely a month and a half after the launch of the first-gen Core Series. It looks like OCZ didn't waste any time getting the drives in the retail market, either—at least, not by hard-drive launch standards.

Newegg currently stocks one member of the Core Series V2: the OCZSSD2-2C60G, a 60GB drive with a 2.5" form factor, 300MB/s Serial ATA interface, and $299 price tag ($239 if you take into account the $60 mail-in rebate Newegg offers). That's a little pricier than the drive's predecessor, the 64GB Core Series V1, which is available for $264 (and $204 after rebate). The V2 drive does have some advantages over its big brother, though.

OCZ claims the V2 can achieve 170MB/s read speeds, 98MB/s write speeds, and seek times of less than 0.2-0.3 ms, compared to 143MB/s, 93MB/s, and less than 0.35 ms, respectively, for the first-gen product. Also, the V2 drive sports a little USB connector for firmware upgrades "in the field." The V2 series includes drives with capacities as high as 250GB, too, although those undoubtedly cost more than $300.

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