Could this be the affordable, high performance SSD the market has been waiting for...?
Prolific solid state drive maker OCZ has announced the 'Agility' series which will supersede its Apex and Core V2 lines for users on a budget.
OCZ quotes read and write speeds up to 230MBps and 135MBps respectively and a sustained write of up to 80MBps but the real key could be the use of a new Indilinx controller and its bundled 64MB of cache. Consequently OCZ is optimistic the stuttering issues seen in other cheaper SSDs will be eliminated and random writes in line with higher end drives like the Vertex.
"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," said OCZ Product Management Director Ryan Edwards. "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 only problem with all this is we don't yet know what that price point will be as OCZ is keeping quiet about the RRPs. That said, the benefits of a high quality SSD are undeniable with performance, noise, power consumption, weight and durability all vastly superior to a traditional HDD so let's hope the Agility line gets it right.
OCZ Agility drives will be available in 30GB to 120GB capacities and should arrive imminently. Yes, we're a little bit excited…
Update: US pricing is confirmed at $129.99 (30GB), $219.99 (60GB) and $349.99 (120GB) which translates to £90, £187 and £299 respectively. Not too shabby.