Considering how SandForce outdid itself when it made its newest series of solid state drive controllers, it would have been odd if its new chips were not used by top-tier SSD makers, so OCZ's Agility 3 line probably surprised fewer people than it otherwise would have.
It looks like the SandForce Sf-2000 series of SSD controller chips is gaining more and more design wins by the week.
OCZ itself already has the VeloDrive
and the Vertex 3
collection, and its portfolio has now welcome the Agility 3 as well.
The name alone can be considered enough for anyone mildly versed in such things to guess at the possible specs.
As one would expect, the SATA 6.0 Gbps interface is used, meaning that the SandForce SF-2881 controller can really let loose.
For those that want numbers, the read speed is the same 525 MB/s on all three models (they have capacities of 60 GB, 120 GB and 240 GB, respectively).
It is the writing speed that depends on the available storage space, although only for the 60 GB one.
While the 120 GB and 240 GB SSDs manage to scribe data at up to 500 MB/s, the third one is limited at 475 MB/s. Of course, most people probably won't feel the difference.
As is the custom for solid state drives of today, the Agility 3 have the 2.5-inch form factor and support for TRIM.
Finally, 25nm MLC (multi-level cell) NAND Flash chips are used in their making, while the random read/write performance is of 50,000 IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) and the MTBF of 2 million hours.
The 60 GB Agility 3 is found up for pre-order at £99.98
(roughly 118 Euro), while the 120 GB version has been listed for £194.99
(202.50 Euro). The 240 model should
also be found online, for 385.10 Euro.