OCZ unveils Agility series SSDs for mainstream users

By on June 10, 2009, 10:15 AM
OCZ continues to expand their already impressive lineup of flash-based storage solutions, this time with the introduction of the Agility series of multi-level cell SSDs. The new 2.5-inch drives wonít outclass their current Vertex line, which in our tests emerged as the as the best value SSD option, but should still offer some pretty solid performance at supposedly affordable prices for mainstream notebook and desktop users.

The Agility series will be available in 30GB, 60GB and 120GB capacities and comes equipped with a 64MB onboard cache. Both the 60GB and 120GB models have a maximum read speed of 230MB/s and a maximum write speed of only 135MB/s, with sustained write speeds a bit slower at 80MB/s, while the 30GB model should offer more modest 185MB/s and 100MB/s read and write speeds. They all have an expected MTBF of 1.5 million hours and are backed by a two-year warranty.

The company has yet to disclose any pricing or availability details, but it did claim to have lowered the cost of these drives by using cheaper NAND flash memory, paired with an Indilinx controller for stutter-free operation. With the 30GB Vertex selling for around $135, itís possible the lower-end Agility model will hit the $100 mark.

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polidiotic said:

I think this is a nice option for secondary drives. I chose the faster SSD I did, knowing the demands of an operating system, like Windows Vista (and typical Windows o/s' . Slower sata/ide hds are very appropriate for storage and these (though I wouldn't get another one that's only 30-120GB) faster (though not optimal) will be fantastic for applications and gaming. I'll definitely think about investing in a slower SSD for my gaming needs, when they reach the size of 500gb+. I'll use the 2-4TB satas available for storage - much more affordable and it makes sense.

hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

Yum...i love how everything gets into mainstream prices eventually.

windmill007 said:

Funny..Newegg was selling the vertex for $99 one weekend not long ago.

polidiotic said:

That was a "double-deal special" or whatever they call 'em.

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