|OCZ Agility MLC SSD OCZSSD2-1AGT120G|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 22 July 2009|
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First Look: Agility SSD
When it comes to the appearance of notebook drives, it must be understood that the product you're looking at will be hidden away from plain view once installed. Keeping in mind that this product is solid state, and therefore offers no amount of noticeable physical activity, it takes some special attention to presentation in order to help keep the consumer feeling comfortable with their premium purchase. OCZ does their very best to make each new SSD product as appealing as the last, and the Agility mainstream-series SSD draws they eyes with a nice sea-green label.
Unlike the average Hard Disk Drive (HDD) storage product, SSD's are practically impervious to impact damage and do not require special vibration dampening or shock-proof enclosures. OCZ utilizes a flat-black metal enclosure for nearly all of their Solid State Drive products, including the Agility SSD series, which fastens with four small counter-sunk screws on the underside.
Standard 2.5" drive bay mounting points are pre-drilled and threaded into the Agility SSD, which allows for quick upgrade or addition into any existing notebook or desktop system. The mounting positions matched up to the drive bracket on my laptop, and after only a few minutes of drive cloning I was quickly loading Windows XP. The OCZ Summit SSD does not include a 2.5" to 5.25" converter tray with the kit, as we've seen other manufacturers begin to include.
Unlike desktop computers which utilize a SATA cable system to connect drive to motherboard, nearly all notebooks allow the 2.5" drive to simply slide directly into a connection bay within the system. In addition to notebooks and desktop computer usage, this Agility MLC Solid State Drive can be utilized for mission-critical backups or high-abuse data systems. One unfortunate omission from all recent OCZ SSD products is the integrated High-Speed USB 2.0 Mini-B seen on Solid State Drive product models elsewhere.
Now that you're acquainted with the basic exterior features of the OCZ Agility SSD, it's time to peek inside the OCZSSD2-1AGT120G enclosure and inspect the internal components...