OCZ has always been known for producing some pretty high-quality components for enthusiast PC users. In the past, they were mostly known for memory; these days, it’s easily their SSDs. OCZ was one of the first companies to come out with affordable solid state drives that actually offered worthwhile performance. Today, they expanded their consumer offerings with two new drives.
Both lines offer pretty striking read/write speeds: this time around, it’s up to 285MB/s for sequential reads and 275MB/s for sequential writes. The Vertex kicks the performance up a notch, however, with 4KB random IOPS in the 50,000 range; the Agility manages a still-respectable 10,000 IOPS. The Vertex 2 and Agility 2 are both SATA2 drives, which means they use a maximum throughput standard of 3Gbps. It’s interesting that OCZ chose to use SATA2 rather than the 6Gbps SATA3; both drives come very close to maxing out the real-world performance numbers of the standard.
The drives will be available soon in 50, 100, 20 and 400GB capacities, though the latter will be available at a later date. All of the drives are compatible with Windows 7’s TRIM feature, an erasure command that helps to prevent performance degradation as time goes on and data is written to the flash cells.