OCZ Occupies Sub-$100 SSD Space with New Onyx Series

Never has the phrase "you have to pay to play" been more applicable than it is to the SSD market. Solid state drives trump their mechanical brethren in just about every way, including speed, power consumption, and durability, but one area where HDDs still hold an advantage is in price.

It should come as great news, then, that OCZ has broken the sub-$100 price barrier with the introduction of its new Onyx Series SSDs.

"As new technologies become available, 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 desktops PCs," commented Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group. "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."

As you might expect, a few concessions have to be made in order to jump below the $100 price point. The Onyx only offers 32GB of storage -- still enough for a boot drive -- and performance has been tempered next to the ultra high-end SSDs we've seen of late. Read and write speeds check in at up to 125MB/s and 70MB/s, respectively, though the Onyx does come with an ample 64MB of onboard cache.

Not quite earth shattering, but certainly affordable, and not many SSDs can claim that.