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OCZ Announces Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SSDs

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OCZ packs its new SSDs with SandForce controllers. They're fast.

As fast as SSDs already are, they are getting even faster. Today OCZ unveiled the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SATA II 2.5-inch series that are faster than their predecessors.

"OCZ's original Vertex Series of solid state drives have become a top seller due to the product's exceptional performance and reliability," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. "The new Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SSD lines continue that tradition by incorporating the latest controller and firmware technology."

The Vertex 2 and Agility 2 incorporate a new controller design from SandForce – one of the best solutions in the market right now. As the higher-end option, the Vertex 2 excels in 4KB random writes up to 50,000 IOPS and features transfer rates up to 285MB/s read and 275MB/s write. For the value-conscious enthusiast, Agility 2 provides similar performance at a lower price point and delivers identical read/write rates and 4KB random writes up to 10,000 IOPS.

Built with SATA 3Gb/s, both drives feature TRIM support for Windows 7 systems and will be available in 50GB, 100GB, 200GB capacities when they shipping in the next few weeks. The 400GB will become available at a later date.

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    coopchennick , April 10, 2010 12:18 AM
    If prices are right, Intel will finally have a legitimate competitor. Vertex wasn't ever quite as fast and especially pricey lately.

    At this point though, the market doesn't need faster drives, but cheaper drives.
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    descendency , April 9, 2010 11:54 PM
    Let me know when they get to 30nm flash and 6gigabit per second SATA.

    Otherwise this is a waste for current SSD owners.
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    the_krasno , April 10, 2010 12:11 AM
    Want.
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    coopchennick , April 10, 2010 12:18 AM
    If prices are right, Intel will finally have a legitimate competitor. Vertex wasn't ever quite as fast and especially pricey lately.

    At this point though, the market doesn't need faster drives, but cheaper drives.
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    Anonymous , April 10, 2010 12:27 AM
    Price? SSD should become cheaper! Intel already has 34nm.
    6Gbps should be standard as Micron 34nm chips are already breaking the 300mb/s barrier with 355mb/s transfer rate, Crucial RealSSD C300 .
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    babybeluga , April 10, 2010 2:25 AM
    I'm always tempted to jump on SSD deals when they pop up, but I just can't bring myself to do it since they're advancing so rapidly. When will the curve flatten out so I can hop on the bandwagon?!
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    universalremonster , April 10, 2010 2:29 AM
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    At this point though, the market doesn't need faster drives, but cheaper drives


    I'm with ya brother.

    I haven't made the SSD jump just yet but I think OCZ has really caught my attention the most. For the performace and size, the Agility series seems to have some great prices compared to the competition. They are one of the few that have gotten well below the $3/GB range in a useful capacity. Not long ago they had the 60GB for $129.00 on the Egg. We aren't far off...Q3-Q4 this year I really hope we will see more significant price drops with the new NAND tech coming out....Just in time to tell Santa what I want for Christmas =)
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    madman322 , April 10, 2010 2:52 AM
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    At this point though, the market doesn't need faster drives, but cheaper drives


    Agreed, but at the same time, as these new drives continue to release, the price of the older models decreases. Seems like a win-win to me even if these drives are a bit pricey when they debut. The progression of ssd's is pretty rapid so I can hope that these new releases will bring the price down so those on the fence consumers (like myself) can finally take the ssd plunge.
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    Anonymous , April 10, 2010 3:24 AM
    SSD becomes faster exponentially, when SSDs were just out, we had speeds right under 200mb/s, now we are with 355mb/s
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    The Greater Good , April 10, 2010 3:58 AM
    I, for one, welcome our new SSD overlords.
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    timbo , April 10, 2010 5:29 AM
    Bought http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139133 to hold me over. $2.25/Gig. with reasonable read speeds, mounting brackets, cables, cloning software, etc. 64 gig plenty of space for OS & your most-used apps. Always one of the first to load into BC2 on map change. =D
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    Gin Fushicho , April 10, 2010 7:37 AM
    If it only costs 50 dollars more than the first generation, then I want them.
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    timbo , April 10, 2010 8:31 AM
    Then get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139112 230 read, 180 write for literally $50 dollars more than the one I bought. It uses the Samsung controller. Although I still think the one I bought with 200+ read speeds is plenty fast enough.
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    JohnnyLucky , April 10, 2010 12:57 PM
    I don't know if it's just my imagination but it seems like prices aren't coming down like they used to.
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    Anonymous , April 10, 2010 3:34 PM
    The slower version @50GB seems interesting to me!
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    UmeNNis , April 11, 2010 3:09 AM
    eh... I'll take the new Raptor for now. I'll give SSD's another yearish.
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    X-Nemesis , April 11, 2010 3:39 AM
    I still don't get this so can someone explain please. A good ssd from what I've come to understand generally make's many things on an OS instant or almost instant. And these are with the current batch that are around 200/150 or something like that. So how much more instant can a drive that's 350/280 or 270/270 really be, and how will us mere mortal's perceive this in everyday operations?
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    shin0bi272 , April 11, 2010 11:33 AM
    X-NemesisI still don't get this so can someone explain please. A good ssd from what I've come to understand generally make's many things on an OS instant or almost instant. And these are with the current batch that are around 200/150 or something like that. So how much more instant can a drive that's 350/280 or 270/270 really be, and how will us mere mortal's perceive this in everyday operations?


    The main thing with the faster drives is the game performance and file copy times. Since a current drive delivers very quick responses in things like opening applications and starting your computer you might not notice any speed boost when it comes to those things with the new drives. But if you are playing a game and the load times for a level are say 12 sec with a current ssd a faster one can improve on that quite a bit... Plus one has to assume that later games will involve longer loads which means you'll need a faster hard drive sooner rather than later. But I do understand your point... the current drives access time is sub 1ms and the transfer rates are double what they are on a standard spindle drive which makes them seem almost instantaneous so why go any faster... Well as the fighter pilots always say... speed is life.
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    X-Nemesis , April 11, 2010 11:57 AM
    Thanks for the helpful response : )
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    kchoekstra , April 11, 2010 5:24 PM
    My OCZ SSD loads Win 7 in 9 seconds. That in itself is worth the money.
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    aaron686 , April 11, 2010 7:05 PM
    Damn i want a SSD, what will be the cost of these??? I hope the 50gb is less that $200US. :D 
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