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OCZ Agility 3 240GB Solid State Drive Review

OCZ has always been at the top of the list when it comes to solid state drive development.  A little while ago we took at look at their first SATA 6GB/s drive the Vertex 3.  This drive had blazing fast speeds and is considered an enthusiast or even business-level product.  OCZ has brought their ever-popular Agility series solid state drive to the SATA 6GB/s standard.  The Agility 3 is based on the SandForce SF-2281 controller and boasts read speeds of up to 525MB/s and write speeds up to 500MB/s.  Let’s check out this drive and see how it stacks up to the Vertex 3 and other similar drives.

Special thanks to OCZ for providing us with the Agility 3 240GB Solid State Drive to review.

Specifications
Available in 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB 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

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

Packaging
The Vertex 3 comes in what we know now as OCZ’s default solid state drive packaging, which is a small box that is not much larger than the drive itself.  On the front there is a photo of the drive and some information about it.  The back of the box has a description of the drive and a list of specifications.

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Opening the box up everything is nicely packed inside.  Getting it all out you have the Agility 3 240GB drive, installation guide, and a sticker that says, “My SSD is faster than your HDD!”.

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Bob Buskirk
the authorBob Buskirk
About 10 years of computer experience. Been messing around with electronics since I was 5, got into computers when I was in highschool, been modding them ever since then. Very interested in how things work and their design.
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    Still too little difference between all of the drives on offer, still too expensive and all utilising the same controllers and memory chips.

    Give me on that can do 130mb/sec and I’m sorted. NObody needs the thoroughput, it’s all seek times.

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