Goodbye OCZ, and Thanks for the Drives

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jonnyohio

I'm running 2 of their 240gb ssd drives I bought last year. What a shame to see them go. The drives I bought were actually affordable and they still perform really well. It seemed that they was helping to drive prices of ssd drives down. It's a shame they were not making a profit after all that time.

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WarpathPS

OCZ should have made friends with Obama. They could have received billions in bailouts and continue to make zero profit.

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vrmlbasic

and paid 0 dollars in taxes, GE style.

And had their drives featured as being used by the "good guys" in CBS tv shows, as Chevy cars are in Hawaii 5-0.

Maybe Obama's secretary of education could have slipped them some of the billions his department raked in as profit (WTF!) on the student loans that he provides. I guess they weren't "Too Big to Fail"?

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Talcum X

Not for the memory side, but I would love to see PC Power and Cooling live on. Trusted their PSUs for years for every build.

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Nimrod

so they purchased a bunch of really great brands and sank them along with the rest of their operation. Fuk you very much OCZ all those names you ruined with your demise would still be around if you had no tanked with them. OCZ ram was a fraud. I had a LOT of the memory since way back in the day. Then i noticed that there "direct" what ever heat sinks are fake plastic shit. There heat sinks were just gold painted plastic crap attached to the ram with a clear plastic double sidded sticky strip that makes it look like its actually cooling the ram when in fact it is not.

Good bye for good you lousy crap company.

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John Pombrio

I have two Vertex drives (60Gb and 120GB). Both no longer work. I guess that may have something to do with their demise.

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vrmlbasic

You're saying that your OCZ drives offed themselves to follow their maker into the next world? I didn't think that OCZ was an egyptian company lol.

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LakeErieWater

OCZ did a great job driving down SSD prices for a while when other companies overpriced their products for far too long. My (1) Vertex 2 & (2) OCZ AG3's still run great to this day. I just recently had to RMA a Vertex 3 (now I'm wondering if I'll get it back). Overall I have enjoyed their products. Never good to see people lose their jobs, too bad.

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Baer

I have used a number of OCZ products. I still am using a Vertex II SSD in one of my rigs. I am sorry to see them go and my best wishes to their employees.

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vrmlbasic

Have 3 OCZ SSDS: Vertex 4, Agility 4 & a Solid 3. No problem with any of them. Sad to see them go.

Their reputation was rather undeserved, being due to horrid 3rd party hard/software. Other makers of SSDs who dropped the ball, like Corsair, were never so (ever?) lambasted for their failings (Corsair Nova 2 certainly lives up to its name in Spanish).

I'm not a big Samsung fan. I'm not much for the "In Touch With Tomorrow" company either, but I'm liking them more than the monolithic SK company that is Samsung.

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number2

Toshiba and OCZ? It doesn't get any better then that. What a great combination. They are both great companies.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Oh....

another comedian

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pastorbob

As far as I can recall, I've never owned an OCZ product of any type. For all of the employees to get this news during the holiday season is really a bummer.

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btdog

I have 2 128GB SSDs, 2 256GB SSDs, 1 P&C PSU and at least 4 PSUs with the OCZ brand, not to mention the RAM I purchased when they were selling it. To say they were my go to brand is a bit of an understatement. I realized something was up a couple months ago when I was looking to buy an SSD and I was having a hard time finding OCZ drives.

I believe they tried to be price-competitive, fast and reliable but never could find the correct formula to make it work.

I hope something positive will come out of this for both the employees and consumers.

EDIT: I just listened to a podcast from mid-November and they were discussing the new Vector that was coming out with a 5 year warranty. Oops.

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Ghost XFX

Western Digital...

why aren't you jumping in to make OCZ your Subsidiary?

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Because WD invests more in quality long term investments and OCZ is more of a Seagate type of investment (worthless crap at bankruptcy prices)

OCZ is definitly not the Hitachi of the SSD market
It's more of a Quantum Fireball or Maxtor

Samsung HDD division was purchased by Seagate as well and today we think of Samsung as High Quality but they knew they could complete down the road with SSD's and saw only the end of the road with their Hard Drives

I could imagine a future where WD and Samsung have a future SSD partnership but not for Samsungs hard disk division

Western Digital is where key technologies are aquired and spun off into new products....
"Seagate" is where Companies go to Die!

and even Seagate diddn't want OCZ

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John Pombrio

I used to only buy Hitachi hard drives. Out of the 15 or so I bought, none ever failed and they ran very quiet and COOL. I was sorry to see them go but now I am buying Seagate Barracuda 3TB drives and they are working great too. Perhaps some of Hitachi rubbed off on Seagate which I would not touch at all until the good reviews started coming in lately.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Well then, check out the Black Friday Deals at Newegg

240GB Seagate 600 series SSD for $129.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820248016

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MrHasselblad

Ever check a bit further into Seagate lately?

Watch what comes from Seagate from their corporate offices out of Ireland, but also out of Cupertino, and even Pittsburgh. I'd be willing to bet the ranch on the company. Nothing short of an incredible investment.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

No Thanks...

I have enough snake oil....
and stop gambling with other peoples ranches!

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Ghost XFX

I'm not able to verify any of that off hand, but from what I've seen and read, OCZ and Samsung SSD's run well enough to be recognized by reviewers all over...

And for as "lowly" as OCZ SSDs may have been, they're still ahead of WD in that department. I'm still waiting on WD to enter the SSD market.

Because here's the thing that may be missed in all of this, it's very similar to the discussion between Intel and AMD. Less competitors, means higher prices. OCZ may not have been the top dog, but they were able to pull in their share of the market, even if it's less than 5%.

Competition drives costs lower, we all know this. And so, count me as one who will miss OCZ's contribution in drive costs down.

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AFDozerman

We need a revival in the PC space; a "killer app" for the desktop that actually pulls people back in...

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jason2393

I've had two Solid 3s and currently use three Vertex 3s. One Solid died, and the customer support swiftly replaced it with a brand new Solid. When that died, the customer support team couldn't replace it with a Solid (they'd been discontinued), so they swiftly replaced it with a refurbed Vertex 3. The other two are RAID 0'd as my gaming PC's C drive. I've never had a problem with my 3 Vertexes...
OCZ's demise saddens me. Samsung is my new favorite SSD company (my 830 and 840 Evo are flawless), but I have no idea if their customer service will be able to compete with OCZ's.

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yeungl

This is my favoured company of SSD......so sad...

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Joji

I have an OCZ Vertex Plus. It gives me occasional errors/Bsods/freezing problems once in a while even after I applied patch. I got it 2 years ago. I plan on switching SSDs next year, as I can not rely on my OCZ one that easily.

PS. Toshiba sucks despite being a Japanese company. I'm not convinced they're going to be any better even if they acquire OCZ.

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ckeck

Someone please tell me PC Power & Cooling isn't going down due to this? Hopefully they can spin back out somehow or Toshiba let's them continue to operate. Geez...

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jrd417

I hope someone will buy PC Power and Cooling. I was disappointed when OCZ bought PC Power and Cooling because i knew of OCZ's terrible customer service (which I think was what killed the company. Now I can only hope that someone will buy PC Power and Cooling and keep the brand alive. I've never had a better power supply than one built by PC Power and Cooling. I haven't had one go bad yet and I first started buying them when 500 watts were considered the top of the line. I will miss PC Power and Cooling but not OCZ.

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Jeffredo

PC Power & Cooling kept their great customer service even under OCZ's ownership (did a RMA with them in 2011). It would be a shame for them to go down with OCZ, they don't deserve it.

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edchombeau

I've beena bit paranoid about getting an SSD; So, anyway ;I bought a new Samsung Ultrabook for my wife. I heard Samsung SSD's are "ok". Now that I tried it; wow fast I will always get a PC with SSD now!. The Reliabilty issues ( until recently) were circulating around making many skeptical on using SSD's.; and that would make it difficult for a smaller Company to survive. Samsung. Toshiba, Intel, etc., have deep pockets.

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JosephColt

Shame people lost their jobs, but OCZ products were not very good; nothing of much value was lost though.

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Joe The Plummer

And with that, two of my drives now have no warranty :(

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Jeffredo

Same here. One was a refurb from Newegg, so it only had 180 days, but the other was a new purchase from last spring. I still had 2 1/2 years on it. Fortunately both are working fine at the moment (knock on wood).

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Renegade Knight

So they are selling off key assets now then filing for bankruptcy later? Talk about screwing over your creditors. This is why we can't have nice things.

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The Mac

Thats not how it works. They sell off the assets before the bancruptcy to get the best prices and use the cash to pay the creditors.

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number2

That's A Real Bummer. One Great Company. All my SSD's are OCZ. I did all I could to help.

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Neufeldt2002

Still have memory that is working without a hitch from them. Sadly, I believe it is the poor reliability of their SSD lines that killed them.

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TheMissingPiece

Woah, wait WHAT? OCZ's closing up shop? Wow, that's unfortunate. Thankfully my only OCZ product is pretty stable and almost outdated now, but man, what a shame. Looks like that BSOD issue in their SF2281 drives killed them?

I personally liked OCZ, and it's a shame to see so many people laid off.