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OCZ Stretches Vertex 2 & Agility 2 SSDs to 480GB

Gordon Kelly


OCZ Stretches Vertex 2 & Agility 2 SSDs to 480GB [Updated]

SSDs offer incredible performance in small capacities for sky high prices, right? Wrong. They now offer incredible performance in large capacities for sky high prices!

OCZ has announced its popular Vertex 2 and Agility 2 solid state drives will now come in new sizes of 400GB and 480GB. These are added to the existing sizes of 50GB, 100GB and 200GB.

Performance figures remain equally impressive with read and write speeds of up to 250MB/sec and 240MB/sec respectively and seek times of 0.1ms. Meanwhile they weigh just 77g, consume a mere 2W in operation (0.5W in standby), are shock resistant up to 1500G and claim to last two million hours - a figure backed up by a three year warranty.

"Building on our popular Agility 2 and Vertex 2 SSD lines our new high capacity models give customers up to 480GB of storage space allowing them to enjoy all the benefits of SSDs with plenty of room for even the largest applications and files, making this the ideal solution for customers that place a premium on speed, reliability and capacity," said OCZ CEO Ryan Petersen.

Peterson does forget to add "the ideal solution for customers that have unlimited bank accounts" though since we wouldn't expect either model to come in at significantly less than £1,000. Sigh.

In related news Corsair has also busted out its own new thoroughbreds in the shape of three additions to its ultra high-speed Force Series SSDs. The 'F60', 'F120', and 'F240' (you can guess the capacities) rocket along with massive 285MB/sec read and 275MB/sec write speeds, 4K random writes that generate 15K IOPs and TRIM support.

If that didn't make any sense whatsoever simply know that - on paper at least - they look to be the fastest 2.5in SSDs we've seen to date. The new Force series models will land in June, again likely with RRPs that will break our hearts and shatter our dreams...

Update: the new Corsair drives are starting to appear online, so while it doesn't give official RRPs the pricing is shaping up as: F60 - £155, F120 - £285, F240 - £535 (all including VAT). In fairness, given the performance, they could have been a lot higher and the F60 would surely make for an incredible boot drive...



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Denis iii

May 27, 2010, 11:48 am

How much longer until premium SSD's reach 1£/GB? Thats when i'd buy in with 2x60GB SSD's in Raid.

:)the opening line to the article was awesome btw lol


May 27, 2010, 11:58 am

So the question is should I wait 4 odd months for intels die shirnk which will double capacity while being cheaper and faster (im lead to believe) or buy one of these F60 drives the moment it becomes available?

It should be noted i'm stuck with 3Gbps until my new build which I don't expect to do till late this year/early next...but then I have been thinking about it alot recently.

Ala Miah

May 27, 2010, 2:52 pm

When are these going to be built in new laptops and netbooks as standard?


May 27, 2010, 11:04 pm

Once they are cheap enough / when joe public shopping at PC world thinks they are worth the price premium is the short answer!


May 27, 2010, 11:23 pm

Edit (BTW TR you must add this feature - please)

The big problem is that when the average uniformed user (very unlikely to apply to anyone visiting this site) walks into a shop or goes online they look at the a few things.

1. Form factor

2. Processor (higher is better GHz)

3. RAM (has to have double what they will ever use!)

4. HDD (size not speed)

Sorry for stereotyping I hate doing it but I am trying to make a point. What happens is people will look at the processor and think that higher is better regardless of power consumption and lower clocked but more modern architecture often actually being faster. Its hard to buy a laptop with less than 3GB of RAM. I am a culprit of this myself having got 4GB but never using more than 2.1GB with photoshop etc.

In my opinion the most important part of the computer at the moment is your hard drive but when was the last you walked into a shop and they told you it had a 7200rpm drive over a 5400rpm drive! With processors and ram etc being so fast in comparison to the hard drive the hard drive has become the main bottleneck of the modern laptop. For example me and my friend booted our respective laptops to see how much difference an SSD made. My friend ran bootcamp windows 7 on his new 15'' i7 macbook with 8GB RAM and a 500GB 7200rpm drive, whilst I ran windows 7 on a 1.3GHz CULV with 4GB RAM and intel 160GB SSD and the CULV outbooted the new i7 by a full 10 seconds!

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