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New OCZ SSDs are incredibly fast

SSDs are finally coming into their own as storage capacities go up and prices come down. Both OCZ and Super Talent have pulled the wraps off new SSDs today.

The OCZ offerings include the new Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SSDs. The SSDs have blazing fast read and write speeds thanks to a new controller. Both drives are capable of up to 285 MB/s read and 275 MB/s write speeds. The main difference comes in the IOPS performance of the two SSDs.

The Vertex 2 is capable of 50,000 IOPS while the Agility 2 is capable of a much lower 10,000 IOPS. Both of the SSDs will be offered in 50GB to 400GB capacities and will start shipping on a few weeks at undisclosed prices.

"OCZ’s original Vertex Series of solid state drives have become a top seller due to the product’s exceptional performance and reliability,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. “The new Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SSD lines continue that tradition by incorporating the latest controller and firmware technology. They are an excellent solution for customers who are looking for improved transfer rates and best-in-class input/output per second (IOPS) for a wide range of uses, ranging from entertainment to workstation and tier 2 storage applications. Additionally, this new product line highlights our continuing determination to be the market leader in the high reliability memory and flash-based storage market." 

Super Talent has also unveiled a new SSD called the Value SSD family. The SSD is offered in 8GB to 64GB capacities and has sequential read performance of up to 152MB/s and sequential write speed of up to 97MB/s. Pricing is unknown, but these should be very cheap SSDs considering the performance numbers and that similar OCZ Onyx SSDs are right at $100. The drive uses MLC NAND and uses SATA 3Gbps connectivity in a 2.5-inch form factor.

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8Gb SSD?
By Helbore on 4/9/2010 10:51:26 AM , Rating: 5
What is the point of a drive with only 8Gb of storage in this day and age? You'd be lucky to get Windows all by itself on there! I thought 30-40Gb SSDs were pushing it for stroage, but this is a bit silly.

Sure, I guess you could RAID a few together, but would it really be worth it? Possibly in a server that doesn't need mass storage, but did the article say these drives were value-oriented, as opposed to performance/enterprise products?

It just sounds like a totally redundant product. Looking forward to the Vertex 2, though.

RE: 8Gb SSD?
By Ristogod on 4/9/2010 10:55:01 AM , Rating: 2
Possibly for some type of netbook or something.

RE: 8Gb SSD?
By therealnickdanger on 4/9/2010 12:10:43 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, remember the first Linux netbooks had 4GB "SSDs", but those were just slow memory cards, basically. 20MB/sec read/write. Effective, but slow.

These new SSDs at those speeds would be quite awesome. I think someone made a comment about RAID... 4, 6, or 8 of those in RAID-0 would make for one hell of a boot/app drive! Impractical, IMO, but there's a customer for every product...

RE: 8Gb SSD?
By Taft12 on 4/9/2010 12:15:01 PM , Rating: 2
My Dell Mini 9 has a 8GB "SSD" which is more than adequate for Ubuntu Netbook Remix. I'd love to replace it with something a bit better than a glorified SD card that it is, but 8GB is plenty for all kinds of non-"main PC"-uses

RE: 8Gb SSD?
By dagamer34 on 4/9/2010 10:58:05 AM , Rating: 3
Very cheap scratch disk maybe?

RE: 8Gb SSD?
By Guspaz on 4/9/2010 1:13:04 PM , Rating: 1
For the swap partition or page file? In most cases, I'd rather just add RAM. The cost of DDR3 RAM looks to be as low as $23.25/GB on NewEgg, so the question might be "Do you want 8GB of fast swap, or 2GB extra RAM?" I'd take the RAM.

After all, Linux doesn't even need swap if you've got enough RAM, and Windows is perfectly happy to run with a small page file (I've got 12GB of RAM and a 1GB pagefile), although strange things can happen if there is no pagefile at all.

ZFS can use a solid state disk for caching in front of a storage pool, though, which is quite neat. It's about latency rather than throughput here; a RAIDZ array typically has a very large amount of throughput already, but is lacking in the seek time department.

RE: 8Gb SSD?
By Sungpooz on 4/9/2010 11:19:03 AM , Rating: 3
If it's *insanely* cheap it might be a budget RAID for a boot drive.

It'd also consume a little less electricity than a regular hard disk drive so I'm sure there's a niche for that product.

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