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Product Application:

64GB Solid State Drive
Product Provided by: OCZ Technology

Available at:

NewEgg.com

Estimated Online Price:

$1,095.00

Availability:

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Review by:

Michael

Edited by:

Scott

Review date:

16/2/2008

Crucial System Scanner
 

Windows Vista Startup & HDD3

     Notebooks and digital cameras go great together, especially on vacations. After taking a slew of pictures, it's always fun to be able to import them from the camera and put them into your favorite software. Once again, the Solid State Drive excels at this function.

     Of course, before you can use your laptop you have to boot to the Windows Desktop.  I know a few people who leave their notebooks in stand-by just so they can cut down on the amount of time it takes to have a useable computer. Well, stand-by isn't always the answer because battery power can be precious depending on your travel arrangements.  According to the benchmarks, the SSD can have you at the Desktop quicker than a typical hard drive.

Conclusion

     Solid State Drives are still an evolving technology. You can tell by taking a quick glance at the price that we're going to be paying for a lot of the research and development costs until the products mature. After that we can expect to see the prices begin to stabilize a little more. As far as the price goes, there isn't much to to say other than, it is what it is. Most enthusiast call the usually high price on cutting edge technology the early adopter's tax. On a positive note, OCZ currently has the most competitively priced Solid State Drive in its size class, on the market.

     Being manufactured in a 2.5" form factor, the Solid State Drive is poised as a replacement for notebook hard drives. Some of the benchmarks I've highlights here show that the solid state drive is quite capable of performing "C drive" duties. While the write speed benches were lower than the 5400RPM 2.5" Toshiba drive, read speed benches clearly show the the drive is able to keep up with the Western Digital Raptor. The Solid State Drive excels at reading routines that require frequent access to many smaller files, such as in a random pattern. That just basically means that depending on how you typically use your system, Your Mileage May Vary when it comes to performance numbers you see. The one thing we have to keep in mind is that this is an evolving technology and is touted as a SATA I device. I would expect the next generation to set the bar in solid state performance.

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Performance: 3 out of 5

Innovation:

5 out of 5

Quality:

5 out of 5

Stability:

5 out of 5
Aesthetics: 4 out of 5

Software/Drivers Pack:

N/A

Overclocking:

N/A
Value: 3 out of 5

Project Skill Level
(5 being most difficult)

3 out of 5

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Page 1:  Intro
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Page 3:  Testing (Part 1)
Page 4:  Testing (Part 2)
Page 5:  Testing (Part 3)
Page 6:  Conclusion
 



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