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.
March, OCZ acquired fabless controller company Indilinx to further bolster its SSD efforts.
quote: 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?