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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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More segmentation? Idiotic company
By Taft12 on 5/10/2011 4:09:24 PM , Rating: 2
Is there really a need for Vertex 3, Agility 3, Solid 3 at (I'm sure) many different capacities? Why so many SKUs?

If this is anything like their last generation, there will be a $10 difference at most between those lines at the same capacities.

Finally, heavy reliance on MIRs and weaselling out of paying up (and frequently changing "MIR handling partner companies" ie. we're one step ahead of the suckers at the Better Business Bureau) makes OCZ a company whose failure I would welcome.




RE: More segmentation? Idiotic company
By Fritzr on 5/10/2011 5:12:03 PM , Rating: 3
There is also no sense in PATA, SATA, SCSI etc. multiple connection standards ... settle on one and throw the rest away.

With HDD drives why are there 5400, 7200, 10k, 15k speeds ... select one and abandon the others.

500GB+ drives are available in notebook & desktop sizes why do they continue to make anything smaller. Build the biggest and scrap the rest.

Even better abandon the 3.5" & 1.8" form factors and fix the 2.5" height at 9mm. This will solve so many problems in selecting the correct form factor that it is worth the loss of very high capacities for large equipment and drives that will fit in pocket devices.

They also need to remove CD&DVD drives from the market. There are now BD drives that will read/write all the formats.

There is absolutely no reason buyers should be allowed to choose hardware that fits their needs, they should always buy the maximum available.

Unless you agree with the above you may wish to rethink your opening statement and look for another hook to hang your attack on.


By tfk11 on 5/16/2011 10:22:02 AM , Rating: 2
Try commietech.com or hardwarerape.com for all your mandated hardware news.


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