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Tuesday tech deals: 256GB Agility 4 $130, MS Store ultrabook sale

TigerDirect offers the OCZ 256GB Agility 4 for $159.99. This $30 mail-in rebate drops it to $129.99. With free shipping, that's $0.51/GB, tied with an August deal, and the best price we've seen for this drive. It's a current price low by $54. This drive features read speeds of up to 420MB/s...

Wednesday tech deals: 120GB Vertex 3 $60, Phenom II X4 945 $70

Ending today, TigerDirect offers the OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD for $59.99 with free shipping via the directions below. That's $0.50/GB, tied with a deal from two weeks ago, and the lowest total price we could find by $21. Features include read speeds of up to 550MB/s and write speeds...

Mainstream SSD Shootout: Crucial v4 vs. OCZ Agility 4 256GB

By mid 2012, SSD prices fell through the floor, costing approximately half as much as last year. Granted, that's still nowhere near as economical as standard hard drives, so companies have continued to offer affordable solutions in addition to their high-end series to drive sale volumes.

Such is the case with OCZ and the Agility 4, a budget-minded counterpart to the Vertex 4 that employs cheaper NAND flash memory. In similar fashion we recently saw the arrival of the Crucial v4 series. With both the Agility 4 and Crucial's v4 priced at just under $200 for 256GB models, it seems we have the makings of a value-driven shootout...

OCZ's Flagship SSD: Vertex 4 256GB Review

Although SandForce controllers have powered much of OCZ's solid-state lineup, the company is shifting to its own solutions after purchasing Indilinx early last year. The "Octane" flash drives were the first to use the Indilinx Everest controller last holiday season and now that its SF-2281-based drives are over a year old, OCZ has begun phasing Everest into the rest of its offerings, including the Vertex series.

The Vertex 4 series is aimed at performance buffs, with initial Indilinx Everest 2 based models offering capacities of 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. Performance is the name of the game here and OCZ doesn't disappoint.

Vertex 4 firmware update inbound, doubles writes on 128GB model

OCZ has announced a new firmware update that boosts performance of fourth-generation Vertex drives by up to 110% in certain situations. The update (v1.4RC) increases 128KB sequential reads from 535MB/s to 550MB/s on 128GB, 256GB and 512GB Vertex 4s, while…

OCZ showcases Vertex 4 solid state drive at CeBIT

OCZ Technology has unveiled the successor to their popular Vertex 3 solid state drive at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany. Officially known as the Vertex 4, the fourth generation SSD utilizes an Everest 2 controller and synchronous MLC flash memory that’s…

Tuesday tech deals: 120GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD for $103

TigerDirect offers the OCZ Agility 3 120GB 2.5" Serial ATA 6Gb/s Internal SSD for $102.99 with free shipping, via the directions below. That's $0.86/GB, $10 under a deal from last week (which included a $15 gift card), and the lowest total price we've seen for this model without gift credit...

TechSpot CES 2012 in Pictures: Part 2

As a follow-up to last week's CES special feature and coverage, here are more of the products we observed and played with, along with photos taken during our journey to the event. As you've surely noticed, mobile tech consumed the event with seemingly every major company unveiling smartphones, tablets or ultrabooks. Nonetheless, we managed to lay hands on plenty of awesome PC hardware from the likes of Samsung, Silverstone, MSI, Razer, Roccat, Toshiba, Gigabyte and more...

OCZ reveals Indilinx Everest 2 SSD controller, due this June

Putting its Indilinx purchase to good use, OCZ has unveiled its second-generation Everest solid-state drive controller. Announced last July, the original Everest only hit the market about two months ago inside the affordable Octane SSDs. The current iteration includes dual…

OCZ Deneva 2 mSATA SSDs certified for use in 2012 Ultrabooks

OCZ Technology has announced that their enterprise-grade Deneva 2 mSATA solid state drives have been tested with Intel Smart Response Technology (SRT) and passed the performance benchmarks for the “while using” portion of the responsiveness requirements outlined by Intel for…

OCZ announces Indilinx Everest-based Petrol SSD

OCZ has announced a new 'cost-sensitive' range of solid-state drives based on the Indilinx Everest controller. Dubbed Petrol, the new series features the usual 2.5-inch form factor, a SATA 6.0 Gbps interface, 2xnm asynchronous MLC NAND Flash memory backed by…

OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 100GB Review

For years we have maintained that the single most important upgrade you can make to an enthusiast-grade machine is adding an SSD for your operating system and applications. The key downside to SSD technology is its cost per gigabyte, which is significantly higher than traditional mechanical hard drives.

Hoping to nab a slice of the hybrid market, OCZ has launched its RevoDrive Hybrid, which fuses a 100GB SSD to a PCB alongside a 1TB 2.5" hard drive and connects using the PCI Express 2.0 x4 bus. At $500, this solution is priced at a peculiar $0.50/GB. It isn't exactly entry-level but that's significantly less than any SSD.

OCZ announces Synapse SSD series for caching

OCZ has unveiled a new series of solid-state drives designed specifically for caching applications in an SSD/HDD hybrid storage setup. The new Synapse SSDs are limited to 64GB and 128GB sizes, and come bundled with the Dataplex cache software from…

OCZ unveils RevoDrive 3 and RevoDrive Hybrid

As rumored last week, OCZ has unveiled its latest RevoDrive at Computex today. Packing dual SandForce SF-2281 controllers (the same chip in the Vertex 3), the RevoDrive 3 touts read and write speeds of up to 900MB/s and 700MB/s, with…