OCZ has just announced its Agility 3 and Solid 3 series of 2.5-inch solid-state drives aimed at users dying to get their hands on a super-speedy SSD, but with a tight budget to contend with.
The Agility 3 lineup offers read speeds of up to 525MB per second and write speeds of up to 500MB per second; while the Solid 3 range – which is the cheapest of the two – boasts read speeds of up to 500MB per second and write speeds of up to 450MB per second. Both SATA III drives feature the leading-edge SandForce SF-2200 SSD processor to boost overall speed.
The maximum random write capacity for the Agility 3 series is 60,000 IOPS, while the Solid 3 models offer 20,000 IOPS.
As with any other solid-state drives, these babies promise to be significantly faster than traditional hard disk drives, whilst offering the “best value for customers.”
I was spoiled by solid-state drives when I purchased a new MacBook Air back in October. Despite its little Core 2 Duo processor, the Air is the fastest machine I’ve used for day-to-day computing – purely thanks to its flash storage. I’ve been waiting for SSDs to come down in price before installing them into my other Macs and I’m really looking forward to OCZ’s new lineup.
Prices are expected to be available today.