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Written by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
OCZ Agility MLC SSD OCZSSD2-1AGT120G
Features and Specifications
First Look: Agility SSD
Agility Internal Components
SSD Testing Methodology
Random Access Time Benchmark
Basic IO Bandwidth
Random Access IOPS Tests
I/O Response Time
Linear Bandwidth Speed
Sequential Performance Tests
Buffered Transaction Speed
Windows XP Startup Times
The Truth Behind Heat Output
Solid State Drive Final Thoughts
OCZ Agility Conclusion

OCZ Agility Conclusion

Benchmark Reviews begins each conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas we rate. The first is presentation, which takes product packaging into consideration to the extent that it provides adequate packing material and delivers consumer information for an informed purchase. Since the American economy in the midst of an economic recession, many manufacturers are having to pull out some very creative ideas to help market their products. Add onto this the fact that SSD technology already carries a premium price tag over the alternative, and you can understand why product presentation becomes so important. OCZ takes the mainstream Agility SSD series packaging back to basics with a simple-yet-catchy green appearance, while at the same time delivering critical product information and specifications for the untrained consumer.

Solid State Drives are a lot like spark plugs: you see them just long enough to install, and then they're forgotten. OCZ keeps production costs down on the Agility SSD Series with a uniform black painted enclosure identical to all of their other SSD products, and uses an adhesive label for each product series with underside specifications. There isn't very much to expect from the appearance of Solid State Drives, because like their Hard Disk Drive counterpart they are meant to place function before fashion. To this end, I still wish manufacturers would begin using sealed plastic enclosures to prevent moisture or electrical shock damage.ocz_agility_ssd_logo.jpg

Construction is probably the strongest feature credited to the entire SSD product line, and OCZ products have never been an exception. Solid State Drives are by nature immune to most abuses, but add to this a hard metal shell and you have to wonder what it would take to make this drive fail. If an OCZ Agility Series product does happen to fail during the 2-year warranty period, end-users can contact OCZ via the company website or extensive support forums. Fortunately, there's also a toll-free telephone number for support or customer service questions (800-459-1816).

Performance places the mainstream Agility SSD directly behind the same-design Vertex, and ahead of the Summit series in most tests. Based on our large collection of benchmark performance tests conducted, the OCZ Agility offers bandwidth performance roughly 5-10% behind the Vertex series. An noteworthy 0.15 ms response time assure a near-instant reaction, and the Agility SSD showed no sign of stuttering during our tests. ATTO Disk Benchmark tool reported an impressive 230 MBps maximum read bandwidth in our tests and 132 MBps maximum write, both of which are dead-on with the OCZ maximum speed specifications. EVEREST's linear full-sector bandwidth performance was a steady 246.2 MBps read-from, and an impressive 176.7 MBps write-to speed. While all of these benchmarks indicate the general bandwidth 'speed' was among the best SSDs available, input/output performance results were also very high for a MLC SSD. Iometer indicated a random read and write IOPS around 758, which is well above most other MLC products tested.

As of August 2009, the OCZ Agility mainstream series of Solid State Drives has three models available at NewEgg. The 30GB Agility SSD (OCZSSD2-1AGT30G) is sold for $134.99, and a 60GB Agility SSD (OCZSSD2-1AGT60G) is also offered for $189. The 120GB version (OCZSSD2-1AGT120G) Benchmark Reviews has tested sells for $299. Compared against the premium OCZ Vertex series SSD which is sold for $139 (30GB), $221 (60GB) and $369 (120GB), the Agility series is a sure winner in terms of value.

In conclusion, the OCZ Agility mainstream Solid State Drive offers excellent read and write bandwidth speeds comparable to the premium Vertex series, with an exceptional 0.15 ms response time with very good MLC IOPS performance. The Indilinx Barefoot SATA controller is a formidable opponent to the competition, and it once again proves that it's best on the block. OCZ may have given the Agility series the same high-performance controller, but this mainstream SSD is packed with value and costs only $2.57 per gigabyte or storage space. The OCZ Agility is well suited for cutting-edge super-users and performance enthusiasts who want impressive response time and bandwidth speed from their computer system without a premium price tag. Benchmark Reviews has nominated the OCZ Agility SSD for our Editor's Choice Award, and can safely recommend this MLC Solid State Drive to our readers.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ Impressive 246 MBps read and 177 write bandwidth with EVEREST
+ 64MB Cache buffer overcomes 'stuttering' data problem
+ Very low 0.15 ms random access time
+ Lightweight compact storage solution
+ Resistant to extreme shock impact
+ Up to 120GB of SSD capacity (advertised)
+ 2-Year OCZ product warranty with free forum support
+ Low power consumption may extend battery life

Cons:

- Metal case is heavier and less durable than plastic
- Lacks integrated USB 2.0 Mini-B data connection
- Expensive enthusiast-level product

Ratings:

  • Presentation: 9.00
  • Appearance: 8.75
  • Construction: 9.75
  • Functionality: 9.50
  • Value: 8.25

Final Score: 9.05 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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# Dell Inspiron 6400+SSDEgor Ukraintsev 2011-11-02 14:37
Hello Olin Coles. I tried to install a Win XP, Vista and Win 7 systems on Dell inspiron 6400 notebook with 60 Gz OCZ SataIII harddrive. Each time I had different problem: blue dead screen, error "bootmgr is missing", can not load a file to harddrive and so on. Did you have such problems? How can i solve such problems and install win on this notebook? Thank you. Egor Ukraintsev
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# RE: Dell Inspiron 6400+SSDOlin Coles 2011-11-02 14:39
Hello Egor:
Although I did not have problems with the SSD sent to me for testing, it sounds like your SSD might have a problem with it. I suggest that you update the SSDs firmware to the latest available on the OCZ website, and contact their technicians if you need additional assistance. Good luck!
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