Author: Bob Buskirk
OCZ Agility Overview
This being a 2.5-inch drive there really is not much to it. The outer casing is made of metal which makes the drive a little heavy, but also provides great protection. We received the 60GB version of the drive, but it also comes in 30GB and 120GB versions. On the top there is a sticker letting everyone you know you have an OCZ Agility drive running.
If you flip the drive over you have the typical warning sticker and barcode. This is a 2.5-inch drive but it has your typical SATA connectors so you can connect it right away without any problems.
Let’s take a look inside the OCZ Agility. To do that all you have to do is remove the 4 small screws on the drive, be aware that this does void your warranty though. Once you have removed the 4 screws you can take off the bottom metal piece of the drive and see what’s all inside.
Looking inside you can see the PCB with the Indilinx Barefoot controller, 64MB cache chip from Elpida, and the memory chips. The big issue with earlier SSD drives was the stuttering problem, caused when the drive buffer was saturated faster than the data could be read. This was mainly with the JMicron controllers, that is why OCZ has gone with the Indilinx IDX110M00-LC chip or as most of us know it as “Barefoot”. The 64MB cache chip from Elpida also helps with the stuttering issues. The memory chips are somewhat of a mystery on this drive as they are not labeled, from what we have read though they are Samsung chips. These chips are lower quality than the ones used on the Vertex drive, which is why you will see a price difference between the 2 models. We will have to see how much a performance difference there is.