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OCZ Solid 3  (Source: OCZ)

OCZ Agility 3  (Source: OCZ)
SSDs have impressive performance

OCZ is putting lots of money and effort into the SSD market. This comes after OCZ vacated some of the markets it was known for like computer RAM to focus more on SSDs and other emerging tech. The move has proven to be good for the company with the popularity of SSDs growing at a very fast pace.

OCZ has announced the addition of two new SSD lines to its portfolio. The new lines include the 2.5-inch Solid 3 SATA III SSD and the Agility 3 SATA III SSD. Both of the SSDs are designed to cater to the needs and wants of the computer enthusiast and gamer. OCZ claims that the new SSDs offer twice the performance of the previous versions and are more cost effect than current 6Gbps SSDs on the market today.

“With increased availability of SATA III platforms, the demand for the latest generation SSDs has grown rapidly,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ technology Group. “We are addressing this demand with new products that offer both the best performance and value for consumers. The new Agility 3 and Solid 3 SSDs make it easier than ever for consumers take advantage of the new SATA III interface. When coupled with the speed and reliability benefits that our SSDs offer over traditional hard drives, it makes the two new series the ideal choices for mobile and desktop applications.”

Both of the SSDs use the SandForce SF-2200 SSD processor and have impressive performance. The Agility 3 SSD is capable of 525MB/s reads and 500MB/s writes with up to 50,000 4KB random write IOPS. The Solid 3 is a more value oriented SSD with 500MB/s reads and 450MB/s writes with 20,000 4KB random write IOPS per second. The new SSDs will come in 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB capacities. Both SSDs also have TRIM support and a 3-year warranty.

Back in March, OCZ acquired fabless controller company Indilinx to further bolster its SSD efforts.

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RE: Good but
By MooseMuffin on 5/10/2011 1:28:00 PM , Rating: 3
I'm not paying more than $200 for a drive, and I'm not buying a drive that's smaller than 150gb. Looks like its going to take at least one more generation.

RE: Good but
By Souka on 5/10/2011 2:16:12 PM , Rating: 2
But how massive and inexpensive with HDD be compared to a 1TB SSD?

1TB SSD = $200
6TB HDD = $75?

For me....I'll be runnign SSD+HDD setup in desktops for now and in the future...

RE: Good but
By Gungel on 5/10/11, Rating: 0
RE: Good but
By therealnickdanger on 5/10/2011 3:12:41 PM , Rating: 4
I think people are just spoiled by the incredibly low cost of large HDDs.

For a little perspective, turn your "way back machine" to 2004 (or was it 2005?). I bought two WD 10,000 RPM Raptors for nearly $500 total (on sale from Newegg!) and put them in RAID-0. I'm pretty sure they were the 36GB versions. So ~69GB for $500. The point?

For the same price today, a single $500 SSD will buy you about 4X the storage and 10X the overall performance of that old "Raptor RAID". For the cutting edge, it was worth it then, it's worth it now.

RE: Good but
By seamonkey79 on 5/10/2011 3:23:17 PM , Rating: 2
Or they could simply think that SSDs are really expensive for the capacity on them, regardless of whether they know how to set up the system or not.

I'm not paying that much for a drive that can hardly hold the OS by itself, never mind the fact that I want my programs and games on it as well... which takes up almost 100GB combined. I'm not paying $200+ for a drive that's 75-90% full with just what I have now, leaving no room to grow.

Give me a 250GB SSD for less than $200 and I'll start being interested, until then it's an expensive toy, not a tool.

RE: Good but
By icanhascpu on 5/10/2011 5:29:46 PM , Rating: 2
Its an expensive toy regardless. Difference between want and need.

RE: Good but
By baconsnake on 5/11/2011 3:33:29 PM , Rating: 2
True, but hasn't that really always been the case in the consumer market?

RE: Good but
By kensiko on 5/10/2011 3:16:05 PM , Rating: 2
A full SSD computer is my dream :)

Just thinking of the time it takes to defrag, format, copy files, scan for virus a 6TB HDD makes me impatient.

I will keep HDD, but only for backups, nothing else. I will use a SSD for storage in my day to day usage, and HDD for nightly backups that I would only access for restoring files or images.

RE: Good but
By bug77 on 5/10/2011 5:52:37 PM , Rating: 3
Add to that no optical drive. Just Flash. A computer with no moving parts, other than fans. Neat.

RE: Good but
By timbotim on 5/11/2011 9:52:51 AM , Rating: 2
Brazos platofrm (say asus E35M1-M, no need to use the supplied fan, it stays cool enough) with SSD and Nexus NX-VALUE-430 PSU. The PSU fan never turns on. Only the electrons move; as you say, neat!

RE: Good but
By hsew on 5/12/2011 9:50:10 AM , Rating: 2
Why stop there? Heck, we have fanless PSUs, and a core i3 2100T could most likely run with a passive heatsink!

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