OCZ Announces Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SSDs

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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  • descendency
    Let me know when they get to 30nm flash and 6gigabit per second SATA.

    Otherwise this is a waste for current SSD owners.
  • the_krasno
  • coopchennick
    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.
  • 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 .
  • babybeluga
    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?!
  • universalremonster
    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 =)
  • madman322
    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.
  • SSD becomes faster exponentially, when SSDs were just out, we had speeds right under 200mb/s, now we are with 355mb/s
  • The Greater Good
    I, for one, welcome our new SSD overlords.
  • timbo
    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