Wednesday, August 26th 2009

OCZ Technology Unveils the Agility EX Solid State Drive

OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, power supplies, and solid state drives, today unveiled the OCZ Agility EX Series which makes SLC (single-level cell) NAND-based storage truly affordable in a solid state drive for the first time. The Agility EX provides the best of both worlds —the performance and advantages of SLC NAND technology at an incredible value. Based on the quality Indilinx controller, the Agility EX Series delivers an enhanced computing experience with faster application loading, snappier data access, shorter boot-ups, and longer battery life.

“Though SLC has traditionally been more expensive than MLC flash there are both performance and lifespan advantages to SLC based solid state drives, it is for consumers that require the extended reliability of single level cell flash that we are now introducing the Agility EX series of SSDs,” commented Eugene Chang, VP of Product Management at the OCZ technology Group. “The Agility EX offers consumers the most cost effective SLC solid state storage solution on the market, and when customers take all the benefits of SLC into consideration the total cost of ownership of these drives truly shines through.”

With superior performance over both conventional hard drives and MLC (multi-level cell) SSDs, the SLC-based Agility EX features incredible sequential and random write speeds for an unparalleled computing experience across the complete spectrum of applications. In addition to exceptional performance the Agility EX series provides an improved total cost of ownership (TCO) with its superior write/erase cycle endurance. Agility EX SSDs feature industry-dominating speeds, up to 255MB/s read and 195MB/s write speeds, 64MB of onboard cache, and unique performance optimization to keep the drives at peak performance.

OCZ will initially release the Agility EX in a 60(64)GB solution with an MSRP of $399 and a leading 3-year warranty and award-winning technical support, ensuring unparalleled peace of mind.
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8 Comments on OCZ Technology Unveils the Agility EX Solid State Drive

#1
PP Mguire
All these SSDs are coming out but prices arent really dropping the way we hoped they would. Anybody know what gives?
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btarunr
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by: PP Mguire
All these SSDs are coming out but prices arent really dropping the way we hoped they would. Anybody know what gives?
People are paying whatever they ask for :p
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Wile E
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by: btarunr
People are paying whatever they ask for :p
Yeah, but you know they would fly off the shelves if they would bring the prices closer to that of platter based drives.
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#4
renozi
it's slc nand that's why. the vertex ex 60G goes for $700, so 60g for $400 is not bad (still expensive)!
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#5
Fx
"today unveiled the OCZ Agility EX Series which makes SLC (single-level cell) NAND-based storage truly affordable in a solid state drive for the first time."

as I read this fragment I started to get nervous that I messed up buying the latest X25-M too soon until I saw the price tag... whew
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Wile E
Power User
by: renozi
it's slc nand that's why. the vertex ex 60G goes for $700, so 60g for $400 is not bad (still expensive)!
No, it's not bad in relation to other SLC drives at all, but I'm just saying that SSD in general won't take off until they get much closer to platter drives in price.
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renozi
by: Wile E
No, it's not bad in relation to other SLC drives at all, but I'm just saying that SSD in general won't take off until they get much closer to platter drives in price.
eh, you pay for the speed not the space. maybe one day in the future nand will be cheaper than platters ;)
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zads
by: Wile E
No, it's not bad in relation to other SLC drives at all, but I'm just saying that SSD in general won't take off until they get much closer to platter drives in price.
"In general" meaning the mainstream, then yes it won't take off until they come very close to platter drives in price. And this won't be in the next 7 years to be certain, is a widely accepted consensus. Beyond that is very hard to predict- NAND will probably never come down to the same price as a "platter drive".

However, SSDs are making a lot of noise in other arenas... (non consumer based)
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