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OCZ unveils latest SSD

OCZ has announced the latest addition to its SSD line. The new Agility 4 series uses the Indilinx Everest 2 controller which was first introduced in the flagship Vertex 4 SSD line.
OCZ promises that the Agility 4 is able to deliver consistent data transfer rates of up to 400 MB/s and up to 85,000 random write IOPS. The new controller promises twice the transactional performance of first-generation Everest controllers. The new controller also allows the Agility 4 series to provide users with superior endurance and reliability without needing to compress internal data. 
The dual-core controller architecture takes advantage of advanced ECC, dynamic wear leveling, auto encryption, and features Indilinx Ndurance 2.0 technology. That technology is able to overcome the manufacturers rated program and erase cycle specifications on the NAND flash memory chips inside the storage device.
“For mainstream storage applications, there is no product better suited in the industry than our Agility 4 SSDs, providing the ultimate in access speed, application performance, endurance and reliability, at price points that most cost-conscious users will find appealing,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology.  “As mobile users and applications continue to grow, adding to the deluge of data being generated on a daily basis, our Agility 4 SSD series provide great IOPS performance at a reasonable price enabling the user experience to be heightened especially for video streaming, music, photos, gaming, and online transaction processing (OLTP).”
The Agility 4 will be offered in capacities of 64 GB up to 512 GB. The access latency promises to be as low as 0.02 ms. The SSD is available now with prices of around $600 for the highest capacity model.

Source: OCZ

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Relatively expensive?
By bug77 on 5/30/2012 9:44:30 AM , Rating: 3
The 512MB Vertex 4 is available for $650, meaning these new drives are not even 10% cheaper.

RE: Relatively expensive?
By Skelum on 5/30/2012 10:01:23 AM , Rating: 5
Yeah for 512MB, that's way too expensive!

RE: Relatively expensive?
By bug77 on 5/30/2012 10:25:57 AM , Rating: 2
Eh, you know there's no edit button on DT...

RE: Relatively expensive?
By Taft12 on 5/30/2012 11:43:22 AM , Rating: 2
No need to get your heart rate up. Those stated prices in no way reflect what you will see on Newegg.

So what's the difference?
By Assimilator87 on 5/30/2012 12:26:42 PM , Rating: 2
I'm guessing the Agility will use asynchronous NAND as in the past, but the article doesn't specifically mention how it's different from the Vertex.

RE: So what's the difference?
By Taft12 on 5/30/2012 4:38:21 PM , Rating: 2
The Anandtech article confirms that yes, this is the Vertex 4 (same controller) with asynchronous NAND.

Seems like a fairly key detail to leave out. I expect real-world benchmarks will show the 2 have performance within 1-2% of each other.

RE: So what's the difference?
By superstition on 5/31/2012 10:26:57 PM , Rating: 2
Synchronous toggle NAND outperforms asynchronous quite a bit in some write benchmarks. For write-heavy workloads it's probably worthwhile to pay a little bit extra for it.

OCZ hasn't changed
By LBID on 5/30/2012 2:49:47 PM , Rating: 2
As long as there's an OCZ logo on the box, I will remain skeptical of the quality. Their long history of using early adopters as alpha/beta testers has forever soured me on their products.

Sandisk Extreme Pro SSDs
By EricMartello on 5/31/2012 1:23:39 AM , Rating: 2
I've been using Sandisk's high performance SSDs in my recent system builds and have been very satisfied. They should be about as reliable as Intel but quite a bit faster across the board. So far so good, but time will tell.

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