While we can’t be completely certain that OCZ has any 6′ 4″ assassins working in the sales team, Sandisk’s price move on older SSD products with Dabs last week (reported on KitGuru) seems to have been followed by a strong price move on the latest OCZ Agility drives from eBuyer.
It’s entirely possible that the ‘Sandisk, then OCZ’ price moves were coincidental, but it makes for a much cooler story if it was a deliberate counter-strike, so we’ll go with the conspiracy theory.
Paraphrasing Jules from the infamous scene in Tarantino’s 1994 blockbuster, is it possible that when our story ran, someone at OCZ was heard to utter the phrase, “The path of the righteous enthusiast is beset on all sides by the iniquities of older controllers and the flushing of out-dated SSD technology. Blessed is eBuyer, who in the name of charity and goodwill, shepherds the overclocker through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his bro’s keeper and the finder of lost MHz. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is OCZ when I lay my Agility price cuts upon thee”?
Unlikely, but still enough to make us smile.
Having spoken with a guru at OCZ, it was pointed out to us that the SanDisk product is an entire generation back down the evolutionary trail from the OCZ Agility.
Simply put, while the newly priced SanDisk drive sits pretty at just under £70, it can barely muster 50% of the performance of the 120GB OCZ Agility drive that eBuyer is now pushing out.
KitGuru says: The SSD market is a land grab, pure and simple. When PCs began to increase in popularity during the early 90s, there were a number of hard drive options from companies like Quantum and IBM. Now the world of the spinning disk has come down, pretty much, to Seagate and Western Digital. If the same happens with SSD, who will be the last 2 standing by 2022?
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