OCZ SSD 32GB Solid State Hard Disk

Packaging & Appearance

Packaging & Appearance
 
OCZ always seem to take the middle ground when it comes to packaging design - never going for any outlandish or garish designs and similary never under dressing their products either. The OCZ SSD in its blue and black printed cardboard box is testament to this and presents itself as both a professional and enthusiast marketed product.
 
OCZ 32GB SSD Box Front OCZ 32GB SSD Box Back
 
OCZ 32GB SSD Box Open OCZ 32GB SSD Box Open
 
Despite the Solid State Drive being able to withstand a full 1500G shock, OCZ have seen fit to encapsulate the device in a custom moulded styrofoam block that protects the disk from impact at any angle. Included in the box is a basic instruction manual with no other accessories or additional extra's. To be honest we would have liked to have seen at least a silver SATA-II cable to match the device or maybe even a 2.5" to 3.5" mounting bracket. But nope, nothing.
 
 OCZ 32GB SSD Top OCZ 32GB SSD Bottom
 
If there's one area we most definitely cant fault OCZ, it is in the style of the device. Coming fully enclosed in a brushed silver Aluminium casing with raised OCZ logo and "Solid State Drive" wording, the drive looks simply gorgeous and gives a feeling that your hard earned cash has been spent on something more than just a PCB full of memory chips.
 
OCZ 32GB SSD Front OCZ 32GB SSD SATA
 
As expected, the data and power connectors are located in the same positions you would normally find them on standard 2.5" hard disks. This allows the OCZ SSD to be a direct slot-in replacement for any SATA based laptop hard disk, offering increased battery life and a reduced chance of data loss should the laptop be dropped .
 
OCZ 32GB SSD Inside OCZ 32GB SSD Inside Back
 
Opening the device reveals a standard green PCB adorn with eight Samsung K9WBG08U1M NAND chips each with a 4GB storage capacity.  Very little information is available on the net regarding these chips, but quite interestingly when plugging the OCZ SSD drive into an SATA port it appears in device manager as a Samsung drive with no mention of OCZ whatsoever.
 
Now let's find out what hardware configuration and test methods we are going to be using..
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17-07-2008, 08:50:18

Bungral
Muahaha been spying on this...

Off to read the conclusion page now

Edit: Very cool.

Nice review Jimbo. Figured it could end up something like that.

Quick question aimed at anyone who can answer.

On a game like Footy Manager, what does it require the most. I know the game reads from a massive database but then it is also continually writing updated info. Obviously the CPU needs to be good for crunching but would a hdd be slowing down performance in a game like that?Quote

17-07-2008, 09:42:38

Ham
Still too expensive as you say. But at least they're getting there.Quote

17-07-2008, 10:13:37

Rastalovich
Great review m8, I wouldn`t stick it in a laptop myself as again it`s too small - perhaps a counterpart but then the price goes up again.

A desktop OS only drive tho, they`d be tremendous.

Price is a big thing for me, and I personally think they`re going to be too high for too long b4 something else comes out to take them out of the market.

Even with platter drives coming down in cost, as if a 2T drive is on the horizon, they`ve got alot of ground to make up for me.

Price ? I don`t think they`ll get much cheaper. Memory chips for the size required for a drive are never that cheap on the market. (just imagine trying to build a similar ssd with a blank pcb and filling it urself... hmmm there`s an idea.. a pcb with 10 ddr & 10 ddr2 slots u can stick in all ur left over memory in..)Quote

17-07-2008, 10:44:52

Bungral
Rast.. Ya say that by the time they get to a decent level something else will more than likely have come along. But how long have we been using platter hdds now? They are still in their infancy and memory chip prices are dropping very fast. I remember when a 4GB USB stick would set ya back £80.. Get them for less than a tenner now.Quote

17-07-2008, 11:16:37

Rastalovich
I dunno. I mean it`s one thing to produce on a small scale, but to bring something the likes that will replace harddrive tech on a gig for gig scale, I don`t feel the memory chips are going to get to a cheap enough level.

Manufacturers are also reluctant to produce older memory chip when the tech moves forward. The pricing of the likes of PC100/133 memory aint as cheap as it once was, similarly when DDR3 becomes the main memory brand, DDR2 isn`t going to be as cheap or available as it is now. Then ofc DDR will be in the same situ as PC100/133.

It`s plain that many memory chips get bought on a bulk scale in order to make the likes of usb pen drives. If as many ssd manufacturers turn up as there are usb drive makers, then perhaps the same chip prices could be compared. But from what I see in this review, they`re using new 4G memory chips, which are different to those used in pens afaik.

Ofc time will tell, but I don`t personally see it.Quote
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