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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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Is this a late April folls joke?
By captain99 on 4/9/2010 11:03:57 AM , Rating: 4
"OCZ’s original Vertex Series of solid state drives have become a top seller due to the product’s exceptional performance and reliability,”

Reliability???? EVERY SINGLE VERTEX we've owned has failed and lost data - and that has been dozens of units installed in Dell laptops (E6500) for field workers. If you look at the OCZ forums dozens of threads of similar people with borked drives and loosing data. The OCZ response is comical - "reload firmware version x.yz and it will work again." -- without mentioning you will get corruption and loose data again in the future. Worse yet if you question them on this you get banned from the forum. I have a stack of 60GB and 120GB OCZ's sitting next to me that are worthless.

On the other hand we swapped to Intel G2's for the same laptop fleet and not a single problem.

So if you want blazing fast, cheap, and weekly firmware updates go OCZ. If you want something that performs just as well and simply works go Intel.

RE: Is this a late April folls joke?
By Gungel on 4/9/2010 11:12:36 AM , Rating: 2
Strange, we converted last November all of our office systems to OCZ Vertex 60GB boot drives and we had not one issue. Just finished updating to the latest 1.5 firmware and everything is fine.

By Taft12 on 4/9/2010 12:17:28 PM , Rating: 2
Not strange at all, he has them in laptops and you have them in desktops. Clearly the OCZ drives are not up to laptop-caliber handling while Intels are.

RE: Is this a late April folls joke?
By qdemn7 on 4/9/2010 11:23:37 AM , Rating: 2
If every single Vertex you owned has failed, sounds like YOUR people are doing something wrong.

And why haven't you RMA'd that stack of Vertexes?

By invidious on 4/9/2010 12:14:07 PM , Rating: 4
Yeah I was thinking the same thing, 100% failure rate definately points to a problem with your imaging process or perhaps a hardware conflict with the systems you are trying to use it with.

If you really think all those are SSDs are worthless you can mail them to me. I would be more than happy to try to get them to work.

By sjlee33 on 4/9/2010 1:06:39 PM , Rating: 2
I agree if they really are worthless to you I will take as many of them off your hands as you're willing to give up. I will of course pay for shipping. I'm poor, returning to school after 10 years in the army, so I don't have the money to spend on SSDs but would love to play around with them.

By geddarkstorm on 4/9/2010 3:32:56 PM , Rating: 2
Don't tell me you guys were running Disc Defrag on them.

By tpurves on 4/9/2010 4:34:24 PM , Rating: 2
I've had 4 SSDs in the last year and 3 have failed. That's 4 different brands of SSD in 3 different computers.

Dell mini 9 factory SSD failed after 2 days, RMA'd to Dell.

Runcore PATA SSD upgrade in a dell D430 worked great for 4 weeks and now it BSODs constantly, needs to be RMA'd

Kingston (has intel controller inside) bricked up and died half way through installing windows for the first time. I now have a new one from Kingston sitting on my desk not sure if I will keep it.

Intel SSD (bought to replace the Kingston cause I didn't have time to wait for the RMA) still working fine. But then this one went to upgrade an egregiously slow 4200rpm drive in my 93yr old gradfather's toshiba laptop (go grandpa!) and I don't think he is exactly pushing it too hard.

RE: Is this a late April folls joke?
By nirolf on 4/12/2010 3:08:15 AM , Rating: 2
It seems a lot of manufacturers have problem with SSDs these days (Intel seems the exception). I had a Super Talent (Indilix based) that died on me after around 8 month. ST didn't respond to my RMA request, they've stopped responding to forum posts in their own forum. Probably because it was full with problems. Maybe Anand should pick-up on this and investigate things a little.

By Shadowmaster625 on 4/12/2010 11:31:06 AM , Rating: 2
Provide some evidence or your full of it. Screenshots of your rma's? Screenshots of your banned forum accounts? Screenshots of deleted posts? I wont hold my breath.

Look how easy it is to post a screenshot:

Are you going to tell me that 700+ 4 and 5 star reviews are full of crap? No, it is more likely that some sad unmentionable company pays you to spew your garbage.

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