OCZ launches Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SSD series

While roaming the halls of CES in January, we came across the Vertex 2, a new enthusiast offering based on SandForce's oft-hyped SF-1200 storage controller. OCZ has now formally announced the Vertex 2 alongside another, similar drive series based on the same controller, the Agility 2.

Both lineups feature 2.5" form factors, 300MB/s Serial ATA interfaces, TRIM support in Windows 7, three-year warranties, and capacities of 50GB, 100GB, 200GB, and 400GB. Although OCZ doesn't refer to the SF-1200 by name in its announcement, it nevertheless talks of a "cutting-edge new controller design that delivers superior performance across the board."

How superior are we talking? Well, OCZ rates the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 for maximum transfer rates of 285MB/s while reading, 275MB/s while writing, and 250MB/s for sustained writes—quite a leap from current products, especially as far as write speeds are concerned. OCZ quotes the same speeds for both drives, but it says the Vertex 2 is capable of hitting 50,000 4KB random write IOPS, while the Agility 2 can only reach a fifth of that. That lower IOPS rating will come hand in hand with a lower price, though.

According to OCZ, the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 series will both start shipping worldwide "in the next few weeks." The company isn't quoting pricing just yet, but considering the performance numbers, we wouldn't expect these drives to be particularly cheap—OCZ currently charges $394 for its limited edition, SandForce-powered Vertex LE drive.

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