OCZ intros two new SSD families with SATA 6Gbps

Say hello to the Agility 3 and Solid 3, the latest additions to OCZ's ever-growing line of solid-state drives. These new SSD families feature 6Gbps Serial ATA connectivity, SandForce SF-2200 controllers, and breakneck transfer speeds. OCZ says the drives "cater to speed-seeking enthusiasts in search of the best value for performance."

The Agility 3 is the fastest of the two, with top read speeds of 525MB/s, top write speeds of 500MB/s, and a maximum 4K random write rating of 60,000 IOPS. The Solid 3 line isn't quite as peppy, but its top rated performance—500MB/s for reads, 450MB/s for writes, and 20,000 IOPS for random writes—still isn't anything to sneeze at. For the record, Agility 2 drives top out just shy of 290MB/s, at least by OCZ's count.

OCZ serves up the Agility 3 in 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB variants, while the Solid 3 is only available in the smallest two of those capacities. All models feature TRIM support for better used-state performance, plus three-year warranty coverage.

I'm not seeing these newcomers listed at Newegg quite yet. However, OCZ's product pages point to early listings at Sparco.com. That vendor charges about $142, $247, and $487 for the three Agility 3 drives (which it mislabels as Vertex 3 drives). The two Solid 3 offerings cost around $136 and $242, which don't sound like particularly good deals given the lower performance ratings.

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