OCZ Agility Make SSDs a Little More Affordable

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • chaohsiangchen
    I've seen some 64GB SSD priced at $140 on newegg. We definitely need a bench of SSD round up.
  • baov
    As said by above poster. I don't see how this is more affordable.
  • redgarl
    I am really curious to see what a 3.5 inch drive could do to the cost of SSD.
  • alvine
    $130 for 30gb is still high...thats $4.33 per gb :/
  • marraco

    4kb random read/write benchmark should be included
  • blader15sk8
    I have seen the Vertex series, with similar specs going for under/around $100 for the 30GB version, how is this cheaper?
  • rooseveltdon
    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
  • hellwig
    alvine$130 for 30gb is still high...thats $4.33 per gbMan, 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.
  • grieve
    $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.
  • bl1ts
    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.