In a move that should bloody the burgeoning competition in the Solid State Drive market, OCZ technology has pre-announced the release of the OCZ Core Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drives (SSDs) which will bring the price of a 128GB model to USD 479 - and that's the suggested retail price; which means that you can expect online prices to be even lower.
The drives will be housed in a lightweight alloy enclosure and benefit from a 1.5 million hour mean time before failure (MTBF) period backed by a two year warranty.
One has to wonder how OCZ, which does not manufacture flash memory modules, manage to bring down prices without incurring some losses; although the company and Samsung electronics are known to be best buddies
The Core series will be perfect for laptops and servers and come in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models and will be capable of delivering 120-143Mbs/ 80-93Mbs read/write speeds and seek times of less than 0.35ms.
So it looks as if OCZ has not cut any corners here when it comes to quality of build or performance; if OCZ's Core series turns out to be a massively popular range, this will be a wake up call for other SSD producing companies.