OCZ's 240GB Agility 3 SATA 6G drive; can asynchronous flash bring down the price only?
Subject: Storage | June 1, 2011 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, ocz, agility 3, asynchronous flash
In case you missed it in the rotation at the top, Al has wrapped up his review of the Agility 3 SSD, which utilizes less expensive asynchronous flash memory to bring the MSRP down and hopefully leaves the performance at the same level. Slow is a relative term when you describe SSDs, even one ranked at the bottom of the performance charts will give you better performance than a platter based hard drive. Al does answer the performance question in the review, unfortunately no one can answer the pricing question yet. If these sell like previous models have, retailers will be able to charge whatever they feel like if the supply cannot keep up.
"While the switch to asynchronous flash memory makes the Agility 3 cheaper to produce and therefore sell, the performance dynamic can shift in either direction, varying with what you plan to do with the drive. Many users saw the same type of thing back with the Agility 2 / Vertex 2, and some users actually preferred the cheaper drive performance wise. We may see the same thing here once users (and us) get some actual seat-of-the-pants time logged with it."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- OCZ Agility 3 240GB SATA 3 SSD Review @ The SSD Review
- G.Skill Phoenix Evo 115GB SSD Review @ ITShootOut
- OCZ Technology Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB @ Tweaktown
- Crucial M4 128GB SSD Review @ The SSD Review
- Samsung 470 Series 256GB SSD - Long Term Test Results @ Legit Reviews
- Intel 510 Series SSD @ InsideHW
- Part flash, all flash or dedicated flash? @ The Register
- Seagate Barracuda Green 2 TB Hard Disk Drive Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB Review @ OCC
- Sharkoon Flexi-Drive Extreme Duo 16GB USB 3.0 Thumb Drive @ Tweaktown
- Patriot Supersonic 32 GB USB 3.0 @ techPowerUp