It seems as if you can't visit your favorite technology site these days without reading about the latest solid state drive offering from yet another company. We're all familiar by now with the benefits - higher speeds, lower power requirements and improved shock resistance - when compared to traditional hard drives. Many of us have looked longingly at the SSDs yet there always seems to be a "Yeah, but..." at the end of any discussion and that is around the price points at which these drives are being offered. In all fairness, prices are coming down, but I still hear you saying "Yeah, but...".
OCZ Technology has certainly been one one of those manufacturers that has been offering a full lineup of solid state drives, including some pretty snazzy high-performance units, but now the company has turned it's attention to us mere mortals by offering the OCZ Solid 2 Series SATA II 2.5" SSD lineup that includes two value-oriented models targeted at the mainstream user. Perhaps best suited as a laptop upgrade, the new drives are based on multi-level cell technology and are being offered in 60GB and 120GB models. The drives use an Indilinx controller and feature 64MB cache with what OCZ terms "performance optimization" which hopefully means the firmware can help take care of the performance degradation seen over time in many manufacturers' drives. Performance wise, the 120GB model features up to 125MB/s read and 100MB/s write speeds with the 60GB checking with read/write speeds of 125MB/s and 100MB/s respectively.
While OCZ states the Solid 2 Series drives will be available "at a price point that is truly within reach of mainstream consumers”, the company has yet to disclose pricing or availability. Hopefully these drives will make upgrading a notebook or perhaps creating a nice little RAID 0 array in your gaming rig a more reasonable proposition.