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OCZ Intros Indilinx Everest 2-based Agility 4 Series SSDs

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The Indilinx Everest 2 controller goes mainstream with the release of the Agility 4 SSD series.

With the release of the Vertex 4, OCZ showed us the future of its SSDs and the fruits of its purchase of Indilinx. The joint venture with Marvell has turned in great performance numbers with the Indilinx Everest 2 controller. In addition, OCZ has added additional performance to its new controller with the most recent firmware update.

Now, OCZ has updated its mainstream Agility SSD series to its new Indilinx Everest 2 controller. The Agility 4 will be available in four capacities; 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB. The drives utilize 25 nm Asynchronous Multi-Level Cell (MLC) based on a SATA 6.0 GB/s interface and 2.5 form factor. The Agility 4 256 GB comes in around the price of $1.03/GB compared to roughly $1.17/GB with a comparable Vertex 4.

Agility 4Agility 4

Product Performance:

Performance 64 GB 128 GB 256 GB 512 GB
Sequential Reads 300 MB/s 400 MB/s 400 MB/s 400 MB/s
Sequential Writes200 MB/s 300 MB/s 400 MB/s 400 MB/s
Random 4k Read IOPS46,000 IOPS 58,000 IOPS 48,000 IOPS 48,000 IOPS
Random 4k Write IOPS47,000 IOPS 72,000 IOPS 85,000 IOPS 85,000 IOPS

 

For mainstream storage applications, there is no product better suited in the industry than our Agility 4 SSDs, providing the ultimate in access speed, application performance, endurance and reliability, at price points that most cost-conscious users will find appealing,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. “As mobile users and applications continue to grow, adding to the deluge of data being generated on a daily basis, our Agility 4 SSD series provide great IOPS performance at a reasonable price enabling the user experience to be heightened especially for video streaming, music, photos, gaming, and online transaction processing (OLTP).”

For more information, visit OCZ Technology's website for the Agility 4

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    drwho1 , May 31, 2012 4:57 PM
    I still think that SSD manufactures need to lower their prices to at least .75 per GB...
    (if they want their SSD's to be Mainstream)

    This would put a 256GB SSD for around $192 dollars, still way more money than a hard drive, but way more enticing to the masses ... hence Mainstream.

    Until then it will never get to be Mainstream.
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    gmarsack , May 31, 2012 5:30 PM
    I just bought a second 120GB OCZ SSD from NewEgg with a discount code for 93 bucks or $0.775 per GB. Not too bad. :)  The prices do seem to be coming done a little anyway. A year ago I paid 149 for the same exact drive.
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    zaznet , May 31, 2012 6:08 PM
    I'm expecting the next 6-12 months to be when I'll finally buy a 64-128GB SSD. Still waiting for the price to drop below the $1 per GB mark and I feel it coming.
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    Anonymous , May 31, 2012 6:13 PM
    I'm not sure where you guys get your prices but SSD's can already be had for $.70/GB on Newegg. You just have to look.

    240GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227796

    120GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227795
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    zaznet , May 31, 2012 6:16 PM
    You know I hadn't looked on Newegg for at least a month. I checked the price from the link in this article and the OCZ site leads you to non-newegg retailers where the price is still above the $1 per GB mark. Hmmmm... which Friday is payday???

    That 120GB for $99 is the sweet spot for me.
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    nyghtstar , May 31, 2012 7:08 PM
    Be warned, if you buy a OCZ SSD from a retailer offering a rebate, it will be like pulling teeth and you can only use the rebate (if you get it) to buy something from OCZ.

    Unhappy customer...
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    nyghtstar , May 31, 2012 7:12 PM
    Also, before you buy anything from OCZ check out the reviews on Amazon. Trust me, you won't be so in love with OCZ after you read the reviews.
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    drwho1 , May 31, 2012 7:20 PM
    josephjpetersI'm not sure where you guys get your prices but SSD's can already be had for $.70/GB on Newegg. You just have to look.240GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227796120GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227795


    your link for a 240 is listed there for $189
    that's $1.26 per GB NOT exactly priced for the masses / mainstream yet.

    True there are days on Newegg that you can find good deals...
    (this one not been one of them)

    but the main problem is that this is not the norm.

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    nyghtstar , May 31, 2012 7:23 PM
    Don't know why Tom's Hardware continues to push OCZ. Maybe it's because they get free SSD's who knows. But check out there failure rate before you buy. Drinking the OCZ kool aid might be getting you some free SSD's for now but how will it be in the long run when you loose followers?
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    chewy1963 , May 31, 2012 7:39 PM
    drwho1your link for a 240 is listed there for $189that's $1.26 per GB NOT exactly priced for the masses / mainstream yet.True there are days on Newegg that you can find good deals...(this one not been one of them)but the main problem is that this is not the norm.


    Ummm you better try that math again drwho1... 240 GB for $189 = 78.75 cents per GB. I think you did the calculation backwards (which would give you GB's per dollar).
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    chewy1963 , May 31, 2012 7:44 PM
    nyghtstarDon't know why Tom's Hardware continues to push OCZ. Maybe it's because they get free SSD's who knows. But check out there failure rate before you buy. Drinking the OCZ kool aid might be getting you some free SSD's for now but how will it be in the long run when you loose followers?


    While it is always important to checkout a product's reputation before buying, it sounds to me like you have a personal axe to grind. I own several OCZ products (2 thumbdrives and a 120 GB SSD) that work just great and have never given me one bit of problem. The older of the thumbdrives (16GB) I've had for over three years and has even been through the laundry and still works fine.
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    blazorthon , May 31, 2012 8:24 PM
    drwho1I still think that SSD manufactures need to lower their prices to at least .75 per GB...(if they want their SSD's to be Mainstream)This would put a 256GB SSD for around $192 dollars, still way more money than a hard drive, but way more enticing to the masses ... hence Mainstream.Until then it will never get to be Mainstream.


    There are many high speed SSDs at the prices that you are calling mainstream. Some of the newest and fastest drives aren't there yet, but there are some almost as fast, yet cheaper, SSDs that are at or even below 80c and 70c per GB.

    nyghtstarDon't know why Tom's Hardware continues to push OCZ. Maybe it's because they get free SSD's who knows. But check out there failure rate before you buy. Drinking the OCZ kool aid might be getting you some free SSD's for now but how will it be in the long run when you loose followers?


    Only OCZ's SandForce drives have bad failure rates. The newer drives (such as the Vertex 4) are far more reliable. Talking in bold doesn't make an overbearing statement, such as yours, any less overbearing.
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    drwho1 , May 31, 2012 8:48 PM
    chewy1963Ummm you better try that math again drwho1... 240 GB for $189 = 78.75 cents per GB. I think you did the calculation backwards (which would give you GB's per dollar).


    my apologies....

    Still the point is that all this articles talk about "mainstream" but the prices are still "not there yet" to be considered mainstream. It would be like saying that BIG screens 70"plus inches were mainstream....
    Sure I would LOVE one of those, but poor me I have to stick to a 42"inch Plasma for a lot longer.
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    blazorthon , May 31, 2012 9:17 PM
    drwho1my apologies.... Still the point is that all this articles talk about "mainstream" but the prices are still "not there yet" to be considered mainstream. It would be like saying that BIG screens 70"plus inches were mainstream....Sure I would LOVE one of those, but poor me I have to stick to a 42"inch Plasma for a lot longer.


    I have to disagree. about $1/GB isn't super high end, it's in the middle of high end and the mainstream prices. Calling these drives mainstream is more like comparing a decent 60" is mainstream. Sure, it's no 42", but it's not a 70" or 80" either. Plus, these drives are likely much more reliable than most of the mainstream SandForce drives, so there are good reasons for their somewhat higher prices, even if they aren't faster in every situation (which they're probably not). Besides, these drives are new and their prices are likely to come down sooner or later. New drives are often not as cheap as older ones when they first come out.
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    kronos_cornelius , May 31, 2012 9:50 PM
    My next SSD will be PCIe. For just $400, I can get 120GB with 885MB/s read and slightly lower write. My current SSD is 250MB/s SATA so I would feel the difference. But the one mentioned here would not be an astronomical improvement I would like to see.
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    blazorthon , May 31, 2012 9:58 PM
    kronos_corneliusMy next SSD will be PCIe. For just $400, I can get 120GB with 885MB/s read and slightly lower write. My current SSD is 250MB/s SATA so I would feel the difference. But the one mentioned here would not be an astronomical improvement I would like to see.


    For just $400, you could get two SATA3 256GB SSDs in RAID 0 and they would have four times the capacity and more performance. Granted, SandForce seems to be the only SATA3 SSD controller that retains TRIM in RAID right now, but that might change later on and if I remember correctly, all affordable PCIe SSDs are SandForce anyway, so you probably aren't worried about that.
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    airborne11b , May 31, 2012 10:50 PM
    I have a 240gb agility 3, it rocks.
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    gmarsack , June 1, 2012 3:34 AM
    nyghtstarAlso, before you buy anything from OCZ check out the reviews on Amazon. Trust me, you won't be so in love with OCZ after you read the reviews.


    I've purchased 3 OCZ Agility 3 drives so far... no problems what so ever (one of them I've owned now for over 3 months). I do know that there seems to be problems with DOA on certain OCZ drives, particularly with the the 60GB models, but I've steered clear of that one and have had zero issues so far. I'm a happy camper with my OCZ drives (2 x 120GB model and 1 x 90GB Agility 3 model).
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    Scour , June 2, 2012 7:38 PM
    blazorthonOnly OCZ's SandForce drives have bad failure rates. The newer drives (such as the Vertex 4) are far more reliable. Talking in bold doesn't make an overbearing statement, such as yours, any less overbearing.


    Vertex 4 arrived shortly, I don´t want to say after this kittle time it´s reliable.

    Petrol and Octane seems also not very realiable, it have Indilinx-Controller.

    SF-drives maybe have/had more Firmware-problems but the reliability should depend on the quality of memory-chips.

    If OCZ not do a big price-cut -> no reason to buy OCZ Agility 4/Vertex 4 instead of Crucial M4 or Samsung 830.
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    blazorthon , June 2, 2012 9:16 PM
    ScourVertex 4 arrived shortly, I don´t want to say after this kittle time it´s reliable.Petrol and Octane seems also not very realiable, it have Indilinx-Controller.SF-drives maybe have/had more Firmware-problems but the reliability should depend on the quality of memory-chips.If OCZ not do a big price-cut -> no reason to buy OCZ Agility 4/Vertex 4 instead of Crucial M4 or Samsung 830.


    Actually, the problem with SandForce's reliability is more in the power related compoennts than in the NAND Flash and the Vertex 4 uses a Marvell controller, not an Indilinx controller (some places, even some OCZ sites, call it an Indilinx controller, but it is actually a much more reliable Marvell controller). The NAND flash chips used by the most reliable consumer SSDs are probably many of the same chips used in the least reliable consumer SSDs. Also, the Vertex 4 is much faster than the SAmsung 830 at writes and a lot faster in random reads. The difference comapred to the Crucial M4 is even higher. The Samsung 830s are just as expensive as the Vertex 4s right now and the M4s aren't far behind (looking at newegg prices), so your last sentence doesn't make much sense either.
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