OCZ Agility SSD Review

OCZ’s new Agility series SSDs offer consistent performance at a very respectable price point. Although the IO rate is not sufficient for a server it could be just right if you’re looking for a workstation/laptop upgrade. We have tested an OCZ drive based on the less expensive MLC technology, which has developed significantly over the last couple of years. Here’s our mini-review.

The number of specialized solid-state drives is constantly growing. There is no longer a single, expensive drive from each manufacturer, but a full range of diverse drives designed for different purposes. The Agility should appeal to both performance enthusiasts and IT professionals looking for a reliable and fast client drive. OCZ has managed to reduce the error handling and increase the performance on random writes.

The drive is available in sizes ranging from 30 gigs up to the much more appealing 250GB. Sure, a 30GB is great as an affordable and super fast boot drive, but if you want to put it inside a laptop it’s fairly useless. We tested the 120GB model; at the sub-$400 price tag this is for the time being the best value-for-money proposition.

Agility uses the Indilinx controller, which is one of the most reliable (and popular) right now, and the internal cache is 64MBs. Its performance is best suited as an upgrade for workstations and laptops.

Results

We tested the drive with Hdtune Pro and the speed is impressive. The manufacturer claims 230MB/s read speed, and we got 219MB/s on sequential reads (large files). Write speed is stated to 135MB/s and was measured to 123MB/s.

The best part of the improvements for the Agility – possibly due to the excellent Indilinx controller –is the result of random writes, which is the weak spot for many solid state drives. In the first generations, it was usually worse than mechanical drives, but the Agility handles this with flying colors, with similar response times as on reads.

There is very little to complain about with the OCZ Agility. It’s quite possibly the best combination of performance and competitive pricing so far. If you are just looking to upgrade your old laptop hard drive, this one will definitely give you a new outlook on performance.

Specifications:

Form Factor 2.5 ”
Interface: SATA2
Cache: 64MB
Capacity: 120 GB
Read Speed: 218 MBps
Write Speed: 122 MBps
IOPS, random read: 12 000
IOPS, random write: 3 000
MTBF (stated): 1.5 million hours

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