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05-10-2011, 07:55 PM
OCZ announced the new Agility 3 and Solid 3 SATA III SSD product lines utilize the SandForce SF-2200 SSD processor.


SAN JOSE, CA May 10, 2011OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today unveiled the Agility 3 and Solid 3 SATA III SSD product lines. The Agility 3 and Solid 3 are designed to cater to speed-seeking enthusiasts in search of the best value for performance. Using the latest technology, these new series deliver nearly double the performance of the previous generation and offer a more cost-effective alternative to current SATA 6Gbps SSDs on the market.
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 new Agility 3 and Solid 3 SSDs make it easier than ever for consumers take advantage of the new SATA III interface. When coupled with the speed and reliability benefits that our SSDs offer over traditional hard drives, it makes the two new series the ideal choices for mobile and desktop applications.


Agility 3 and Solid 3 SSDs feature the leading-edge SandForce® SF-2200 SSD processor and help improve the overall computing experience compared to traditional mechanical hard drives and SATA II SSDs. The Agility 3 delivers up to 525MB/s reads, 500MB/s writes, and up to 60,000 4KB random write IOPS while the value-oriented Solid 3 features 500MB/s reads, 450MB/s writes, and 20,000 4KB random write IOPS.

Available in a new boot-drive size 60GB capacity as well as 120GB and 240GB options, Agility 3 and Solid 3 SSDs feature TRIM support to optimize performance over the drive's lifespan. Both solutions come backed by a 3-year warranty for ultimate customer satisfaction and peace of mind.

05-11-2011, 06:36 AM
I want a drive in blue :D

05-21-2011, 01:17 AM
Disappointing specs

These SSDs aim to be more affordable than the Vertex 3s and Vertex 3 MAX IOPS’, using less expensive flash memory the origin of which is still unknown.

OCZ has put some stats on line regarding the performance of these new SSDs and we have taken the time to compile them and analyse them Here for example are the official OCZ stats for the 60 GB versions, compared to the Vertex 2 34nm 60 GB and Vertex 2 25nm 80 GB, OCZ not having yet published the numbers for the Vertex 2 25nm 60 GB or those using Hynix memory (see OCZ Vertex 2 and Flash continued… (http://www.behardware.com/news/11437/ocz-vertex-2-flash-suite.html))

While with highly compressible data the Solid 3s and Agility 3s have very good sequential speed scores, with incompressible data the performance levels are very disappointing and we can only salute OCZ for officially releasing these statistics. Read performance is divided by three and writes by 7.5x! This puts them down on the Vertex 2 34nm but they still have an advantage over the Vertex 2 25nm. When it comes to random 4K accesses, the level of performance for the Solid 3 isn’t very good and the Agility 3 is only any better with writes.

You can see the same phenomenon on the 120 GB versions. All’s good with highly compressible data but in a more realistic context, with incompressible data, reads are down on the Vertex 2 34nm and writes are slightly lower (Solid 3) or the same (Agility 3). With random accesses there’s a big improvement in reads which are double the performance with the 60 GB versions. Writes are equivalent to the scores with the 60 GB versions. Sure, in reads they don’t compare to the Vertex 2 34nm or the Vertex 3 Max IOPS, but they are on a par with the Vertex 3 120.

While the arrival of more affordable SSDs based on SF-2000 generation SandForce controlers is a good thing, the Solid 3 and Agility 3 60 GB SSDs seem fairly limited. The 120 GB versions less so however and may well be worth a look. In both cases, unless they can count on maximum theoretical speeds, OCZ will have to position these SSDs pretty aggressively in comparison to the Crucial M4s – they aren’t yet priced lower than the Crucials however. OCZ’s circumstances are not as good as Crucial or Intel however, as they don’t produce their own flash memory and this is the main component in terms of the cost of an SSD. Let’s hope however that OCZ will manage to move forward in spite of this handicap and that this new competition will bring prices down!


OCZ Solid 3 and Agility 3 (http://www.behardware.com/news/11493/ocz-solid-3-and-agility-3.html)

http://www.behardware.com/images/pixel.gifFollowing the Vertex 3 and the Vertex 3 Max IOPS SSDs, OCZ is set to continue to roll out its SandForce SF-2000 SSD range with three new models.

- The OCZ Agility 3 60, 120 and 240 GB
- The OCZ Solid 3 60 and 120 GB

These SSDs are based on the SandForce SF-2281, while the Vertex 3s use an SF-2282. This more affordable version simply supports half as many flash chips