OCZ releases 'budget' high-performance SSDs
OCZ announces new SATA 6Gbps solid-state drives that offer high performance at lower prices.
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OCZ announced today that it's now shipping new SSDs that offer an "outstanding balance of performance and value," the Agility 3 and Solid 3.
Like the Vertex 3, the two new drives support the latest SATA 3 standard (6Gbps) and, according to OCZ, feature the SandForce SF-2200 SSD processor and will significantly outperform traditional hard drives as well as SATA 2 (3Gbps) SSDs.
The new drives come in the 2.5-inch (laptop) design and will work in all applications where regular 2.5-inch hard drives are used. They can also be used in desktop computers.
OCZ claims that the Agility 3 can deliver up to 525MBps in reading, 500MBps in writing, and up to 60,000 4KB random-write IOPS, while the Solid 3 can reach 500MBps reading, 450MBps writing, and 20,000 4KB random-write IOPS. Basically, they are fast.
Now, the most important part is always the price. The Agility 3 comes in 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB capacities that carry the estimated price tags of $135, $240, and $480 respectively. The Solid 3 comes in 60GB and 120GB capacities that are slated to cost $130 and $230 respectively. They will all be available for purchase later this week.
While these prices are lower than those of the Vertex 3 or the
If you want to find out about how "outstanding" the balance between performance and value these new drives offer is, stay tuned for full reviews!