Change. It's something that some people embrace with open arms and something that others refuse to adapt to. This holds very true in the computer world as well. The past few years have seen a lot of dramatic changes take place at a very fast rate in the computing industry. We've seen several new processor types come and go, new RAM revisions, and a major transition in the computer storage industry. Old mechanical hard drives are starting to be replaced by flash-based drives; solid state drives as they're known. Flash memory offers performance speeds that a mechanical hard drive could never come close to matching - at a cost. Solid state drives are a new technology and their price-per-gigabyte still doesn't match that of a mechanical hard drive. Right now the biggest use of SSD's is for your operating system and software because for your investment, the performance boost will be seen here the most.
Now, back to change again. Solid state drives are expensive, and they're a big change from what we've come to accept a hard drive to be in a computer. For some, it's easy to rush out and buy the latest SSD model and away they go. For others, investing in the high price tag of a solid state drive when they aren't gaining much storage space can be a tough battle. Up until now, to get even a 30gb SSD would often cost over $130CDN - a price I could buy a 2+ Terabyte hard drive for. However, OCZ has recently released their Onyx series - a new line of SSD's aimed to bring the basic benefits of this technology to users at a cost they can afford. I'm lucky enough to have a 32gb Onyx on the test bed today, and look forward to having some first-hand experience with this new model.