OCZ Agility 3 120GB SATA III 2.5" SSD Review

OCZ Agility 3

The SSD market has often been reserved to the more luxurious side of personal computing, but the winds of change are blowing... briskly. Especially with the market opening created by the shortages and price hikes of regular mechanical hard drives, fierce competition has arisen which is driving SSD prices down to levels affordable by the masses.  Each company has a line of MLC SSDs which offer the incredible performance of SSDs at a budget price, and OCZ Technology's Agility 3 is their budget offering.  It runs on the ever-popular Sandforce SF-2200 series controller, and uses 25nm Micron asynchronous MLC NAND.

Introduction

OCZ Agility 3 SATA III Solid State Drives are designed and built to provide an exceptional balance of performance and value. The Agility 3 Series implements the cutting-edge SATA 6Gbps interface to deliver excellent sequential and random data transfer rates, significantly improving your computing experience over hard drives.

In addition to enhanced performance, an Agility 3 upgrade promotes cooler, quieter, and more energy efficient conditions compared to traditional mechanical hard drives. With no moving parts, SSDs provide peace of mind with their superior durability and reliability. Unique and innovative, Agility 3 SSDs deliver a one-of-a-kind storage solution.

 

Features and Specifications

  • Available in 60GB to 480GB Capacities
  • MLC NAND Flash
  • Interface: SATA 6Gbps / Backwards Compatible 3Gbps
  • Native TRIM support
  • Seek Time: .1ms
  • Slim 2.5" Design
  • 99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3mm
  • Lightweight: 77g
  • Operating Temp: 0°C ~ 70°C
  • Ambient Temp: 0°C ~ 55°C
  • Storage Temp: -45°C ~ 85°C
  • Low Power Consumption: 2.7W Active, 1.5W Idle
  • Shock Resistant up to 1500G
  • RAID Support
  • Compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP 32-bit/64-bit, Mac OSX, Linux
  • MTBF: 2 million hours
  • 3-Year Warranty

60GB Max Performance

  • Max Read: up to 525MB/s
  • Max Write: up to 475MB/s
  • Random Write 4KB: 50,000 IOPS
  • Maximum 4K Random Write: 80,000 IOPS

90GB - 180GB Max Performance

  • Max Read: up to 525MB/s
  • Max Write: up to 500MB/s
  • Random Write 4KB: 50,000 IOPS
  • Maximum 4K Random Write: 85,000 IOPS

240GB Max Performance

  • Max Read: up to 525MB/s
  • Max Write: up to 500MB/s
  • Random Write 4KB: 45,000 IOPS
  • Maximum 4K Random Write: 85,000 IOPS

360GB Max Performance

  • Max Read: up to 525MB/s
  • Max Write: up to 495MB/s
  • Random Write 4KB: 25,000 IOPS
  • Maximum 4K Random Write: 85,000 IOPS

480GB Max Performance

  • Max Read: up to 525MB/s
  • Max Write: up to 410MB/s
  • Random Write 4KB: 22,000 IOPS
  • Maximum 4K Random Write: 30,000 IOPS

 

Packaging

OCZ Agility 3 BoxOCZ Agility 3 Box Back

OCZ Agility 3 Contents

The Agility 3 comes in a slender box, which the drive is packed neatly and securely into.  The Agility 3 is lime green and black color schemed, and it ships with the bare essentials, the drive itself, a user's manual, and a cheeky sticker to let you buddies know you're the speed boss, a typically forgotten requirement making your upgrade to an SSD (in good fun).

 

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty details, and you're new to much of the SSD terminology and what makes one SSD different from another, we'd love to point you to Anandtech, which has written a couple of phenomenal posts about how SSDs work, and howdifferent design characteristics translate into real-world performance.  Much of what we know has come from these articles as well, so they're a valuable resource.   See Anand's articles HERE and HERE as an educational preface.

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