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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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SSDs buggy and unsafe?
By androticus on 4/11/2010 1:06:55 PM , Rating: 4
Hard drives occasionally fail but I keep reading all the time about failed SSDs (of many brands) -- if you look at Newegg's ratings for SSDs, you can barely find any model that has 4 or 5 stars, which for disk drives is ridiculous. I get the sense this entire category of product is a Big Lie -- fast, yes, but tremendously flaky and likely to fail -- way, way more likely than a magnetic disk. And then I read about all the need to update firmware, and the fact that most drives seem to delete all data on firmware upgrade (who as a rule has a complete drive backup/restore mechanism at their disposal???? then who wants to completely reinstall absolutely everything and restore all their data etc.????)

It is very depressing that an entire industry has created a new product replacement without keeping in mind a few of the MOST CRITICAL attributes of the product they are replacing: "plug and play" (no firmware upgrades etc.), *very* reliable, etc.

Also, they are still WAY too expensive -- most people these days would have a laptop with 160G or possible more hard drive -- to replace that costs $500 or more, often almost the price of the entire laptop.




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