Tuesday OCZ announced two new SSD lines catering to speed-seeking enthusiasts in search of the best value for performance. Called the Agility 3 and Solid 3, both new SSD lines use the same MLC NAND Flash while taking advantage of SandForce's SF-2200 processor and a SATA 6 Gbps interface to provide super-zippy read and write speeds.
"With increased availability of SATA III platforms, the demand for the latest generation SSDs has grown rapidly," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ technology Group. "We are addressing this demand with new products that offer both the best performance and value for consumers."
The OCZ Agility 3 arrives in three capacities: 60 GB, 120 GB and 240 GB. The drives offer read speeds up to 525 MB/s across the board, write speeds up to 475 MB/s on the 60 GB version and write speeds up to 500 MB/s on the 120 GB and 240 GB models. Both the 60 GB and 120 GB drives feature a random write 4KB (aligned) of 50,000 IOPS and the 240 GB performs slightly lower at 45,000 IOPS.
The OCZ Solid 3 arrives in only two capacities: 60 GB and 120 GB. The performance of these drives are slightly lower than the Agility 3 line, providing read speeds up to 500 MB/s, write speeds up to 450 MB/s, and a random write 4KB (aligned) of 20,000 IOPS. But like the Agility 3 line, the Solid 3 drives feature a 2.5-inch form factor, a seek time of 0.1ms, RAID support, native TRIM support and a MTBF of 2 million hours.
Depending on the retailer, the Solid 3 60 GB and 120 GB drives cost around $152 and $267 respectively. The Agility 3 60 GB, 120 GB and 240 GB drives cost around $158, $268 and $509. Both solutions come backed by a 3-year warranty for ultimate customer satisfaction and peace of mind, OCZ said.