OCZ Apex SSDs available for pre-order

OCZ's new series of SSDs, named Apex, is now available to pre-order on most hardware retailer's websites. The drives in the new range, announced last week, offer 230MB/s read speeds, and 160MB/s write speeds – falling short of Intel's top end range by only 20MB/s for read, and a smaller 10MB/s for writing.

OCZ have now established solid state drives for the value, performance and mainstream markets, having only recently released their Vertex series. "As the adoption of SSD drives continues to ramp, it is our goal to enable everyday consumers to take advantage of the benefits of solid state drives," said Eugene Chang, of OCZ.

Cutting out the 30GB drives that were in the previous two ranges, the Apex range has three capacities: 60GB, 120GB and 250GB, available for pre-order at £195.49, £344.99 and £666.99 respectively (prices from Overclockers UK – cheaper prices may be found elsewhere).

Although this range doesn't come any cheaper than the previous series, it once again shows that, with time, traditional hard drives can be replaced by SSDs. With a new RAID 0 architecture and improved controller, this new range from OCZ shows that SSDs are, or will be, a financially feasible alternative to the traditional, but aging, hard disk drive.

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