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OCZ Onyx Series 32GB SSD Read 125 MB/s - £50 @ ebuyer
OCZ Onyx Series 32GB SSD Read 125 MB/s -  £50 @ ebuyer

OCZ Onyx Series 32GB SSD Read 125 MB/s - £50 @ ebuyer

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Designed to offer the best of both worlds the OCZ Onyx SSD delivers the performance and reliability benefits of solid state storage to mainstream consumers at an aggressive price point that makes sense for customers looking to increase the performance and lifespan of their existing platforms. The Onyx series SSD is the perfect upgrade for netbooks, laptops, or home desktop PCs. The Onyx makes use of a quality Indilinx controller to deliver an enhanced computing experience with faster application loading, snappier data access, shorter boot-ups, and longer battery life. Onyx SSDs feature HDD-dominating access times, up to 125MB/s read and 70MB/s write speeds, 64MB of onboard cache, and unique performance optimization to keep the drives at peak performance over the long term.
32GB
Max Read : Upto 125MB/s
Max Write : Upto 70MB/s
Sustained Write: Upto 20MB/s
Cache : 64MB
Seek Time : 0.1M/s

Not the best SSD, but it is the cheapest, and beats any normal Spinning HDD

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Very good price for a brand new SSD

Original Poster


anantech review

From Anand
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voted hot but if you can it is worth plumping down the extra £30 for ebuyer.com/pro…355

Excellent price, heat added.

voted hot, but 32GB is not use

32GB. what the hell is the point ??

that wouldn't even get anywhere close to holding my Steam folder, so seriously, other than bragging rights ("my computer boots up in XX secs.." blah whatever) what is the point ??!?

something big enough to hold all your most played/used games and apps yeah, but this i don't

Banned

For £14 less you can have ...

hotukdeals.com/dea…747

so not so hot in perspective

Mascherano

For £14 less you can have … For £14 less you can have ...[url=http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/samsung-s1-mini-200gb-1-8-portable-/750747]http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/samsung-s1-mini-200gb-1-8-portable-/750747[/url]so not so hot in perspective



but that's not an SSD so what point are you making?

Mascherano

For £14 less you can have … For £14 less you can have ...http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/samsung-s1-mini-200gb-1-8-portable-/750747so not so hot in perspective



eh?

32GB. what the hell is the point ??that wouldn't even get anywhere close … 32GB. what the hell is the point ??that wouldn't even get anywhere close to holding my Steam folder, so seriously, other than bragging rights ("my computer boots up in XX secs.." blah whatever) what is the point ??!?something big enough to hold all your most played/used games and apps yeah, but this i don't



mmm.. An expert speaks.

Run your O/S off it so the machine boots quickly. Everything else runs off a big, cheap, noisy conventional hard drive.

This is perfect for a HTPC where heat and quietness are vital. Heat added

Mascherano

For £14 less you can have … For £14 less you can have ...http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/samsung-s1-mini-200gb-1-8-portable-/750747so not so hot in perspective



How is that of any relavance to a SSD? How does its random reads compare? Maybe 100 times slower?.

32GB isn't big, but its certainly big enough to be an OS drive if you're careful about where you store things, or if you use Linux its big enough to be used for all OS, apps and swap partitions, so would massively speed up your system. It might come as a surprise to some, but there are uses for computers beyond games, and for those that do this can provide easily the biggest £50 performance upgrade you are ever likely to have...

For £14 less you can have … For £14 less you can have ...http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/samsung-s1-mini-200gb-1-8-portable-/750747so not so hot in perspective



Another expert!!!

This is an external hard drive so where is the comparison!!

Again this SSD would be perfect for an HTPC (for the 'experts' above Google is your friend)

Edited by: "mikes1" 20th Sep 2010

Slow read and write speeds and small size make this a bad investment the class leading corsair sandforce 64gb can be had for around £107 with speeds 2x faster unless you have a special use for this ssd drive you would be better getting a sata3 normal HDD.

The 64gb kingston is only £79.99 and has faster R&W speeds and is doubl the capacity so its cold.
ebuyer.com/pro…355
Edited by: "polly69" 20th Sep 2010

whats the physical sizes for ssd drives? Typical laptop drive size?

Reason being, until the last few months, I've had a tower case with several internal hdds totalling 1.5tb.

I've now changed to a faster pc, however it is a small form factor case (Dell Optiplex 760), running a single 2tb 7200rpm drive as only 1 drive will fit

I do a lot of downloading, file extracting, and HD camcorder transferring, and with it being the same hdd that runs the OS in comparison to the older pc, that aspect of it drags with speed.

I could potentially remove the slimline dvdwriter perhaps, and somehow secure an SSD in its place, to act as the main bootable drive which should increase performance considerably.

Sucks to be restricted to 1 internal drive (obv got lots of external ones though :))

Original Poster

Midnight Tboy

whats the physical sizes for ssd drives? Typical laptop drive size?


Yep same size as a laptop drive.

If your sole purpose of having a SSD is to speed up yuor OS partition, think about getting a hybrid drive such as the one reviewed here: [url=Samsung Momentus]http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/internal-hard-drives/1279669/seagate-momentus-xt-500gb[/url].

It's quick when dealing with small files and is fairly cheap when considered against SSD prices when looking at capacity. It also runs at 5400rpm so should be quieter and use less power than the usual 7200rpm drives.

Just throwing it out there.... ;-)

polly69

Slow read and write speeds and small size make this a bad investment the … Slow read and write speeds and small size make this a bad investment the class leading corsair sandforce 64gb can be had for around £107 with speeds 2x faster unless you have a special use for this ssd drive you would be better getting a sata3 normal HDD.The 64gb kingston is only £79.99 and has faster R&W speeds and is doubl the capacity so its cold.http://www.ebuyer.com/product/195355



Is it faster at random reads and writes - which are far more important in everyday use as an OS drive? I'm not so sure, the chart above in post #2 suggest that Kingston SSDNow V as actually many times slower in that regard.

Also - it has more storage yes, but it is £25 more, its like saying a 500GB regular hard disc for £30 is bad value because you can get 1TB for £45. If people want a SSD as the OS/swap drive and wont need 64GB, I don't see how the Kingston represents better value...

Midnight Tboy - I'm sure you can find somewhere in the case to squeeze it in. As its solid state, it is not fragile, its not fussy about orientation, and it can quite happily be stuck to the case side with some velcro if you need!
Edited by: "jah128" 20th Sep 2010

Original Poster

You'll notice that exact hybrid was in the chart in post #2

i.e. not much better than spinning HDDs, and not a patch on SSD

32GIG is useless by the time you put windows 7 on.

For all those people who are wondering how useful something like this is as it doesn't hold your whole music and video collection then try and think about somebody other than your bloody self! I'm a system builder and engineer and I've had loads of laptop drives die on customers this year alone, most likely the cause being shock and vibration, so the sooner these drives are fitted to laptops the better, even if it means less work for me!. I would add that most of the customers I deal with do not store their life collections on their laptops anyway as they use it for work mostly so space isn't the big issue and in most cases neither is top performance.

For XP and for plenty of Linux distros 32GB is still enough space to be very useful - you could store your OS and Office software on it and have space to spare.

good idea about the velcro

I'm just trying to find prices for the OCZ Vertex 2 100gb drive - doesnt look like will be cheap - but speedwise its the mutz nutz.

This is a performance upgrade, hence the price. If its not for you, then look else where. The difference between HDD and SSD is like night or day - need to use it to believe it. 32GB is plenty large as an os drive.

Looks hot to me. Question to the experts please - I am about to upgrade my Windows XP gaming rig to Windows 7 and was thinking of buying an SSD at the same time, purely for the OS. Would this be sensible - i.e. performance / speed of boot up etc, and what sort of size would you recommend. And finally, is it normal to keep the OS only on the SSD drive and install the games to a dediciated good old fasioned HDD?

Thanks in advance,

Goops.

jah128

Is it faster at random reads and writes - which are far more important in … Is it faster at random reads and writes - which are far more important in everyday use as an OS drive? I'm not so sure, the chart above in post #2 suggest that Kingston SSDNow V as actually many times slower in that regard.Also - it has more storage yes, but it is £25 more, its like saying a 500GB regular hard disc for £30 is bad value because you can get 1TB for £45. If people want a SSD as the OS/swap drive and wont need 64GB, I don't see how the Kingston represents better value...Midnight Tboy - I'm sure you can find somewhere in the case to squeeze it in. As its solid state, it is not fragile, its not fussy about orientation, and it can quite happily be stuck to the case side with some velcro if you need!



I'm thinking of buying one each for my desktop and laptop. For my desktop machine running windows and all my graphics apps, 32gb is plenty for an OS and app partition. For my laptop which only has one hard disk bay, 32gb is nowhere near enough, in fact I'd probably wait until the price of 128gb comes down.

Different scenarios, different choices.

32GIG is useless by the time you put windows 7 on.



Win 7 clean install is about 6 Gb leaving (if my arithmetic is correct) 26 Gb free. Plenty of space for drivers etc.

As I said this is perfect for an HTPC.

mikes1

Win 7 clean install is about 6 Gb leaving (if my arithmetic is correct) … Win 7 clean install is about 6 Gb leaving (if my arithmetic is correct) 26 Gb free. Plenty of space for drivers etc.As I said this is perfect for an HTPC.



exactly, even with most common apps installed your looking at around 12-14 gig which inlcudes full office, itunes, photoshop etc etc, still loads of room left.

ideal uses are for

laptops / netbooks where you dont need loads of space. it will help with power consumption and obviously no moving parts.

htpcs, always on, low power, especially htp which is a client for a network share.

Banned

Comparing SSD-to-SSD, the ONLY reason you’ll buy this SSD drive and not, say, the 64GB OCZ Vertex 2E for c.£108 is because you either do not realised that the Vertex 2E exists, or you do not know what a SSD is, or that you really, really, cannot afford anything more than £54, … or you are an ignoramus wanton buyer of anything “newsworthy”. Should you be the latter, do yourself and the world a favour and buy the £108 64GB OCZ Vertex 2E, after having read about the tweaks required for optimizing SSD, “Garbage Collection” and “TRIM”. Above all, you’ll best be using Windows 7 unless you a real Win XP pro. For a sample of what lies ahead, see:

mydellmini.com/for…tml

Should you getting a headache after all that, forget SSD and wait for the market to truly mature. To get Vertex 2E for that price, be a web hound and given the normal search engines a sniff… or try Scan, eBuyer, etc., though I’ll never buy from Overclockers UK - because I’m human and not a zombie/fanboy/worshipper - even if I am saying so.

mathewroberts

I'm thinking of buying one each for my desktop and laptop. For my desktop … I'm thinking of buying one each for my desktop and laptop. For my desktop machine running windows and all my graphics apps, 32gb is plenty for an OS and app partition. For my laptop which only has one hard disk bay, 32gb is nowhere near enough, in fact I'd probably wait until the price of 128gb comes down. Different scenarios, different choices.



I agree - I'm not saying the 32GB is suitable for everyone/every scenario by any means. For my work laptop I could quite happily live with 32GB, and just be careful what I store on there. For my home laptop, well, its about time the manufacturers pulled their fingers out and made what people really need - a hybrid drive, but not one which is a regular HDD with a bit of extra flash memory cache, instead a proper pair of drives in a single form factor (there is enough room to put a 32/64GB SDD inside the body of a single-platter 2.5" HDD, so you could have say a 320GB regular hard disc and a 64GB SDD). I don't think the SATA platform strictly accomadates such a drive, but I'm fairly sure it would be possible to make one and partition it such that the first 64GB is the SSD (OS) partition and the remainded is the HDD (media) partition - such a think would be perfect for laptops.

gunsNbutter - don't really agree, yes its twice as big and faster, its also twice the price. This drive still has specs that will make the feel of the system completely improved over a regular HDD, which is the main point. How is making such a purchase being a 'wanton buyer', being a 'ignoramus', or being bad for the world?

for the people that are moaning . . . This is excellent PC performance upgrade,32G is plenty for a OS drive .Mine is ordered ! !. . I personally don't save any thing in my OS drive just applications and my OS I only use the desktop for the odd short-cut and I don't use 'my documents' either I use a slave drive and neat folders eg mp3,photos,docs. . . . admittedly on the other hand it would it would only really benefit a laptop if used as a second computer or don't use it for much. if I used a laptop as first computer I would invest in a external hd or high capacity sd or flash drive to store media and use this drive as a OS drive as faster speed and less power consumption.

Seems like they are going in the right direction anyway.

gunsNbutter

Comparing SSD-to-SSD, the ONLY reason you’ll buy this SSD drive and not, s … Comparing SSD-to-SSD, the ONLY reason you’ll buy this SSD drive and not, say, the 64GB OCZ Vertex 2E for c.£108 is because you either do not realised that the Vertex 2E exists, or you do not know what a SSD is, or that you really, really, cannot afford anything more than £54, … or you are an ignoramus wanton buyer of anything “newsworthy”. Should you be the latter, do yourself and the world a favour and buy the £108 64GB OCZ Vertex 2E, after having read about the tweaks required for optimizing SSD, “Garbage Collection” and “TRIM”. Above all, you’ll best be using Windows 7 unless you a real Win XP pro. For a sample of what lies ahead, see:http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/windows-7/2441-windows-7-ultimate-solid-state-drive-speed-tweaks.htmlShould you getting a headache after all that, forget SSD and wait for the market to truly mature. To get Vertex 2E for that price, be a web hound and given the normal search engines a sniff… or try Scan, eBuyer, etc., though I’ll never buy from Overclockers UK - because I’m human and not a zombie/fanboy/worshipper - even if I am saying so.



Erm but that's double the cost?! I'm not sure about the Vertex 2E being the best - I thought the Crucial C300 was the dog's dangly bits at the moment anyway.

This drive isn't for me, but it would be perfect for my father who only uses a bit of storage for a few photos and maybe a couple of ISOs. Like the post above - approx 14GB for the Windows 7 install and loads of space left for some pics, and for only £54 he's got himself a bargain. Voted hot!

Price is now down to £52.42. Just ordered, many thanks !
Also agree with previous poster, I too repair computers for a living and get a lot of laptops in with failing drives. A lot only have a couple of Gb of photos, docs,etc on them to a drive like this really makes a lot of sense. The one I've ordered will go into the wife's netbook that's only used for web browsing and email.
Edited by: "GedR" 21st Sep 2010

Does SSD's not have a limit of things can be written to it before it slows down and eventually dies? meaning it wont be very useful for a laptop hard drive if its going to die all the same as a normal HDD.

I actually have a 32GB SSD in my Dell Mini 10v running OS X and there is still about 20GB free so I don't really see what the complaints about 'lack of space to do anything' useful are about. Clearly too small to use in your main PC/ laptop but fine for a HTPC or Netbook OS drive IMO.

gunsNbutter

Should you getting a headache after all that, forget SSD and wait for the … Should you getting a headache after all that, forget SSD and wait for the market to truly mature.



"Intel's SSD roadmap leaked"
theregister.co.uk/201…le/

I can't decide whether to wait. Memory pricing is so volatile. The 1gb 800Mhz sticks I bought for this PC in 2006 cost £7.50, since peaked at £35, and are now "on sale" for £20.
Edited by: "JamesSmith" 22nd Sep 2010

I think this was listed at £49 something previously. Although it was for a netbook, I still didn't buy at that price.

The vertex 2e and the c300 are really the same drive. The vertex is said to have better firmware. So I've heard. I bought a vertex after reading quite a few reviews of both.
I still think this is a cracking deal. A nice cheap way to get into the benefits of SSD.

listerdude

The vertex 2e and the c300 are really the same drive. The vertex is said … The vertex 2e and the c300 are really the same drive. The vertex is said to have better firmware. So I've heard. I bought a vertex after reading quite a few reviews of both.I still think this is a cracking deal. A nice cheap way to get into the benefits of SSD.



Surely not, I believe the vertex 2e uses the SandForce controller and the c300 uses a Marvel one. As you may know, the controller is CRUCIAL (no pun intended!) in determining how well an SSD will perform.

Both drives are very good, just remember the SandForce-based drives do without a local cache (and do well with highly compressible data) where as the C300s may be very slightly slower than the vertex 2es in SOME scenarios.

gunsNbutter

Comparing SSD-to-SSD, the ONLY reason you’ll buy this SSD drive and not, s … Comparing SSD-to-SSD, the ONLY reason you’ll buy this SSD drive and not, say, the 64GB OCZ Vertex 2E for c.£108 is because you either do not realised that the Vertex 2E exists, or you do not know what a SSD is, or that you really, really, cannot afford anything more than £54, … or you are an ignoramus wanton buyer of anything “newsworthy”. Should you be the latter, do yourself and the world a favour and buy the £108 64GB OCZ Vertex 2E, after having read about the tweaks required for optimizing SSD, “Garbage Collection” and “TRIM”. Above all, you’ll best be using Windows 7 unless you a real Win XP pro. For a sample of what lies ahead, see:[url=http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/windows-7/2441-windows-7-ultimate-solid-state-drive-speed-tweaks.html]http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/windows-7/2441-windows-7-ultimate-solid-state-drive-speed-tweaks.html[/url]Should you getting a headache after all that, forget SSD and wait for the market to truly mature. To get Vertex 2E for that price, be a web hound and given the normal search engines a sniff… or try Scan, eBuyer, etc., though I’ll never buy from Overclockers UK - because I’m human and not a zombie/fanboy/worshipper - even if I am saying so.



Err, its a 60GB vertex 2e, and whilst much more expensive than this deal, it has dropped by £9 to about £99 at ebuyer:

ebuyer.com/pro…415

Also, looking at the numbers, it does seem very fast. You pays your money and takes your choice...
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