OCZ has announced the latest addition to its Agility solid-state drive lineup. Based on the Indilinx Everest 2 controller, which was first introduced in the flagship Vertex 4 family back in April, the new Agility 4 promises to deliver up to 400MB/s sustained sequential read speeds and up to 85,000 random write IOPS over a SATA 6Gbps interface. OCZ is pitching these as a cost-effective alternative to other SATA III SSD solutions in the market, making them ideal for mainstream entertainment, gaming, and mobile storage applications.
The Agility 4 features asynchronous MLC NAND flash memory, a dual-core controller, automatic 256-bit AES data encryption, advanced ECC, TRIM support, dynamic wear leveling, and OCZ’s Ndurance 2.0 technology, which is said to extend NAND flash life well beyond manufacturer-rated specifications.
The Agility 4 is available in a boot-drive sized 64GB model, as well as 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities. Amazon just posted prices for the three larger models at at $150, $264 and $561, respectively, putting the price-per-gigabyte value for the series somewhere between $1.03 and $1.17.
OCZ is covering the Agility 4 SSD family with a 3-year manufacturer warranty.
OCZ claims that the Agility 3 can deliver up to 525MB/s read speeds, 500MB/s write speeds, and up to 60,000 4KB random-write IOPS. That's a massive improvement over its predecessor, which achieved up to 285MB/s read and 275MB/s write speeds, and 10,000 4KB random-write IOPS.
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