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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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By kensiko on 5/10/2011 2:29:18 PM , Rating: 2
From what I know it's 25nm IMFT. Only the controller is slower.

By Drag0nFire on 5/10/2011 4:49:31 PM , Rating: 2
I don't get it though. How are the controllers different. Is it just an artificial limitation placed in the firmware?

By kensiko on 5/10/2011 6:44:41 PM , Rating: 2
Agility3 and Solid3 got the same hardware. I suppose the firmware is different.

By ekv on 5/11/2011 4:50:18 AM , Rating: 2
That doesn't really make sense though. Why would you make a product that's exactly the same hardware-wise, and the only difference is that the firmware is crippled?

Unless the underlying hardware has been tested -- controllers and/or MLC -- and is not quite in the top-tier bin. But even then, would there be a large cost differential?

By bug77 on 5/11/2011 5:10:08 AM , Rating: 2
That doesn't really make sense though. Why would you make a product that's exactly the same hardware-wise, and the only difference is that the firmware is crippled?

Because then you don't need different production lines?

By semo on 5/11/2011 11:57:58 AM , Rating: 2
Intel and AMD do this all the time. Especially AMD who have almost no physical difference across their entire lineup of desktop CPUs (except for the Thuban).

A lot of people find SF's firmware games annoying as you can't figure out what you're buying until you find out which of the 6 firmware versions you are getting.

By Mr Perfect on 5/11/2011 1:31:03 PM , Rating: 2
OCZ is already doing this with their Vertex 3 line. They have regular Vertex 3s and then they have even faster Vertex 3 Max IO drives. These are the same idea, just moving in the opposite direction.

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