OCZ Technology 60GB Agility Series SATAII SSD Review

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QuickBench

In this benchmark, only the 64GB V+ and 60GB Agility were paired up since they are the closest competing capacity drives we have on hand. Plus, we can take a look at how controllers handle the loaded beat down.

OCZ Technology 60GB Agility Series SSD vs 64GB Empty Graph 06 OCZ Technology 60GB Agility Series SATAII SSD Review64GB V+ Empty

OCZ Technology 60GB Agility Series SSD vs 64GB Loaded Graph 05 OCZ Technology 60GB Agility Series SATAII SSD Review64GB V+ Loaded

Above are the results of the 64GB V+ with the Samsung controller. You can see that rates are pretty steady when the drive is empty. But, for whatever reason (probably due to the lack of TRIM), the Seq Write lost almost 20MB/s in performance. A firmware roll back only allowed it to gain back 6 MB/s which isn’t much.

OCZ Technology 60GB Agility Series SSD Empty Graph 08 OCZ Technology 60GB Agility Series SATAII SSD Review60GB Agility Empty

OCZ Technology 60GB Agility Series SSD Loaded Graph 07 OCZ Technology 60GB Agility Series SATAII SSD Review60GB Agility Loaded

Now we get a look at the Agility and how much better it fares with the Indilinx controller. Sequential rates drop about 10MB/s where as the Random rates pretty much didn’t change at all. We expect there to always be a performance hit as an SSD, or HDD for that matter, start to fill up. But, SSDs do much better with TRIM support.

Final Thoughts

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The OCZ Agility’s performance isn’t the slowest we’ve seen. In fact, while it bounces back and forth between the 64GB V-Plus at the start, it’s in the loaded state that it thrives. When the Agility and the 64GB V+ SSD’s respective controllers are taxed at about 80% capacity, the Agility is able to produce better transfer rates consistently. The Kingston V+ with the Samsung controller just isn’t as nimble managing the data pages as efficiently as the Agility. That’s mainly thanks to its spirited little Indilinx controller supported by 64MB cache. Plus, the Agility’s Indilinx controller does have the added benefit of TRIM which Samsung does not. That alone should sway your decision in favor of the Agility.

After the fat is “TRIM’d” away, we see the Agility in its true light. Its Indilinx powered, has TRIM support, and it’s priced similar to other performing 60 to 64GB competitors. Also, if you look carefully, you’ll see the competition doesn’t offer that all important TRIM feature. Plainly said, this is what a boot drive should be!

Pros

  • TRIM Support
  • Indilinx Controller
  • Maintains better transfer rates when loaded
  • $169.99 w/rebate at Newegg
  • Great for an OS Boot Drive

Cons

  • May still be too pricey for casual users
  • Too small for real storage needs

Overall Rating: 8.5/10.0

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As our Senior PC Hardware Editor, Eric has been working with tech since before serving in the military where he really got to play with some very cool hardware. As for his prowess on the virtual battlefield, don't let the teddy bear exterior fool you. He can frag and pwn with the best in just about any first person shooter. You may run in to him at LANs, tech shows, and gaming shows, so do say hello.

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