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 won’t 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, it’s possible the lower-end Agility model will hit the $100 mark.