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OCZ Agility Make SSDs a Little More Affordable

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Well, just a little.

We all want to upgrade our storage to SSD. It’s faster and more reliable, but it’s the cost of it that holds us back.

While SSDs are still undeniably an expensive option, we’re finally starting to see them reach levels of affordability – enough to justify for the computer enthusiast and/or road warrior.

OCZ this week introduced the Agility SATA II 2.5-inch SSD series, which hopes to attract those who want the technology without having to pay an arm or a leg. The company boasts that its Agility line will deliver 230 MB/sec. read and 135 MB/sec. write speeds, with the help of a 64 MB cache.

“The new Agility Series of SSDs are the latest addition to the OCZ lineup of solid state drives and are designed for cost-conscious consumers seeking the performance and reliability benefits of SSDs at an aggressive price,” commented Ryan Edwards, director of product management at the OCZ Technology Group. “The new Agility Series drives make use of cache to deliver better performance over a wide range of functions and applications, all at a price point that makes sense for everyday users.”

The important bit, of course, is the pricing: $129.99 for the 30 GB; $219.99 for 60 GB; and $349.99 for 120 GB. Still pricey, but no longer insane.

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    chaohsiangchen , June 11, 2009 9:21 PM
    I've seen some 64GB SSD priced at $140 on newegg. We definitely need a bench of SSD round up.
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    marraco , June 11, 2009 9:50 PM
    [I've seen some 64GB SSD priced at $140 on newegg. We definitely need a bench of SSD round up.]

    4kb random read/write benchmark should be included
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    chaohsiangchen , June 11, 2009 9:21 PM
    I've seen some 64GB SSD priced at $140 on newegg. We definitely need a bench of SSD round up.
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    baov , June 11, 2009 9:34 PM
    As said by above poster. I don't see how this is more affordable.
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    redgarl , June 11, 2009 9:36 PM
    I am really curious to see what a 3.5 inch drive could do to the cost of SSD.
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    alvine , June 11, 2009 9:36 PM
    $130 for 30gb is still high...thats $4.33 per gb :/ 
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    marraco , June 11, 2009 9:50 PM
    [I've seen some 64GB SSD priced at $140 on newegg. We definitely need a bench of SSD round up.]

    4kb random read/write benchmark should be included
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    blader15sk8 , June 11, 2009 9:51 PM
    I have seen the Vertex series, with similar specs going for under/around $100 for the 30GB version, how is this cheaper?
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    rooseveltdon , June 11, 2009 9:59 PM
    I have noticed that the prices for these drives has been dropping steadily hopefully by next year we will begin to see really affordable prices for them we all know ssd is the future for storage
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    hellwig , June 11, 2009 10:00 PM
    alvine$130 for 30gb is still high...thats $4.33 per gb

    Man, I would have loved paying $4.33 per GB back in the day (i.e. when 1GB drives first came out). Of course now with 2TB drives it's a ridiculous price. SSDs will still take a couple years to get to a realistic price/capacity.
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    grieve , June 11, 2009 10:04 PM
    $219.99 for 60 GB is still expensive but certainly obtainable.

    As the others have mentioned we need a benchamrk roundup, including a 4kb random read/write benchmark.
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    bl1ts , June 11, 2009 10:12 PM
    SSD is made for programs, not music//video dumps. 64gig is enough for any non professional programs. If your going in to high end video editing or processing pay the rate and get what you need other wise quit trying to make media servers off of SSD technology and just buy a portable HDD or one of those 2TB you've been talking about.
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    Torment , June 11, 2009 10:22 PM
    It's all about the random write speed...
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    krazyderek , June 11, 2009 10:48 PM
    ..... i second the vertex comment, this is almost the same price as the vertex series, maybe even a little more depending on the deal of the week, and we need to see some worst case random write numbers to support those speeds otherwise it's just marketing fluf
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    TemjinGold , June 12, 2009 12:57 AM
    You guys realize those quoted prices are msrp, right? You can't compare that to whatever Newegg is charging for the Vertex. For a fair comparison, you need to stack it up against the Vertex's msrp. That should give you some idea what Newegg will charge for these.
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    doomtomb , June 12, 2009 1:55 AM
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    The important bit, of course, is the pricing: $129.99 for the 30 GB; $219.99 for 60 GB; and $349.99 for 120 GB. Still pricey, but no longer insane.

    WTH? This is affordable? I found the 64GB G.Skill Falcon (faster and better) for $199.99 and the 128GB model for $319.99 on newegg. This is such a fail attempt by OCZ if this is really the retail prices.
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    Anonymous , June 12, 2009 2:56 AM
    Seems not very cost effective to me!
    At this moment the only thing I could afford is the 30GB SSD, which probably is only good for notebooks or netbooks.
    But then how much is the power requirement of this SSD?
    Is it less than a 1,8"-2,5" lowpower HD for notebooks?
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    michaelahess , June 12, 2009 2:56 AM
    300MB hard drive for $340 in 1990. These are cheap! :) 
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    Anonymous , June 12, 2009 3:04 AM
    blader15sk8I have seen the Vertex series, with similar specs going for under/around $100 for the 30GB version, how is this cheaper?

    You can even find SSD drives cheaper than that!
    It has to do with the read and write speed. The first generation of MLC SSD drives is virtually useless nowadays.
    Sata 1,pata, or even worse zif connectors where about as slow as an SD card.
    The first generation I knew, often had rates of upto 20MB/s read, and upto 8 MB write, which could drop downto 0,25MB/s when some random accessing and random writing was done at the same time.

    Todays SSD's would be third generation (seen from Sata perspective), and operate near to perfect.
    The only issue is that currently the software does not support defragging SSD's very well.
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    enewmen , June 12, 2009 4:50 AM
    ProDigit80You can even find SSD drives cheaper than that!It has to do with the read and write speed. The first generation of MLC SSD drives is virtually useless nowadays.Sata 1,pata, or even worse zif connectors where about as slow as an SD card.The first generation I knew, often had rates of upto 20MB/s read, and upto 8 MB write, which could drop downto 0,25MB/s when some random accessing and random writing was done at the same time.Todays SSD's would be third generation (seen from Sata perspective), and operate near to perfect.The only issue is that currently the software does not support defragging SSD's very well.

    Sounds good. More detail please.
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    baov , June 12, 2009 6:31 AM
    bl1tsSSD is made for programs, not music//video dumps. 64gig is enough for any non professional programs.

    That's what i thought when i bought my 64gig ssd, until i saw the 15gigs of WoW.
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    Anonymous , June 12, 2009 8:24 AM
    "That's what i thought when i bought my 64gig ssd, until i saw the 15gigs of WoW."
    Pherps you should consider NTFS linked directory with host SSD and linked HDD? Neverless SSD advance in size/price slowly than Content makers consume it
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