OCZ Solid 2 Solid State Drive
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 05-03-2010
Provided by: OCZ Technology

The budget and mainstream solid state drive market has been making steady progress since we first got our hands on an OCZ Solid just over a year ago. At that time we were seeing average transfer rates around 130 MB/sec from our Solid, an impressive feat at the time that rivaled many spinning dual drive RAID 0 setups.

But in retrospect that seems pretty slow considering where we are today. This speed increase comes courtesy of drive-wide upgrades, including better controllers, onboard cache, more mature firmware and better understanding of SSD technology. Oh and did I mention prices continue to drop on a daily basis?

Today we will be looking at the successor to the original Solid, the Solid 2. The Solid 2 is one of two drives currently listed under OCZís value family; the other being the Onyx which is their bottom line entry level unit. While this drive wonít feature any of the cutting edge advancements seen in enterprise level drives, it will be interesting to see what has trickled down to the value line over the course of a year.

The Solid 2 arrived in the white / gray / red retail package seen above. The size of the box has been shrunk down since the last OCZ drive I had in for evaluation, the original Vertex. The front of the box shows the drive and lists a few prominent features while the reverse has a detailed specifications chart and a paragraph describing the drive. Below is a list of these specs borrowed from OCZís website.

The drive is available in 30GB, 60GB and 120GB increments with varying speed ratings at each capacity. We were sent the 60GB drive for evaluation which seems to be the sweet spot in terms of speed for the price.

You may have noticed that capacities in the specs list are slightly different than those I just listed. OCZ does a good job of describing their naming convention:

Consumers may see a discrepancy between reported capacity and actual capacity; the storage industry standard is to display capacity in decimal. However, the operating system usually calculates capacity in binary format, causing traditional HDD and SSD to show a lower capacity in Windows. In the case of SSDs, some of the capacity is reserved for formatting and redundancy for wear leveling. These reserved areas on an SSD may occupy up to 5% of the driveís storage capacity. In OCZís Indilinx-based SSDs, the naming convention reflects this and the 30 is equivalent to the 32GB, the 60 is equivalent to 64GB, and so on.

Letís move ahead and take a closer look at the new Solid 2 SSD.

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