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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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Recent reviews comparing Disc HDD to SSD?
By XZerg on 5/10/2011 2:40:50 PM , Rating: 2
The thing that many of the reviewers have forgotten is to include a disc hdd when reviewing SSDs. Not all people have shifted from the disc based or even tested a SSD. So to understand the difference between how a disc based drive performs compared to SSD for various tasks would be a good to have. I realize that SSD would blow away the dHDD when looking at random IOs but for most other activities how bad is it for dHDD?

Would appreciate if someone can link a review that has Sandforce SSD (even the Sata 2 version) which includes a dHDD.

RE: Recent reviews comparing Disc HDD to SSD?
By kensiko on 5/10/2011 3:17:48 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Recent reviews comparing Disc HDD to SSD?
By XZerg on 5/10/2011 4:06:29 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't notice any disc HDDs in the review... any other links?

By kensiko on 5/10/2011 6:41:37 PM , Rating: 2
Ah I thought it was it all benches, it seems not.

At least, you can see here:

After that I suppose storagereview would have some benches.

By Mr Perfect on 5/11/2011 1:34:05 PM , Rating: 2
Anandtech usually throws a couple hard drives into their SSD reviews. Just today they've put together a Z68 article comparing SSDs, HDs, and SSD+HD hybrid arrays. Check it out.

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