Conclusion: For general desktop usage, you won’t be disappointed in the Agility 3 as it performs with the very best speeds on the market for a SATA III based drive, and will be perfect to use in the likes of a notebook or desktop machine as the master boot drive. If you’re using mass amounts of files of different sizes and file structures, then you may be faced with a few problems and that all comes down the the async memory used on the Agility 3.
Excerpt: Now that SATA III has replaced the aging SATA II bus by becoming available on chipsets from both AMD (2010) and Intel (2011), OCZ have released updates to their SSD lines in order to take advantage of this new 6Gb/s interface. Beginning with the new Solid 3 series (value) and ending with the Vertex 3 (max performance).
Conclusion: TRIM Performance: While SSD's offer many benefits, there are some downsides to using flash memory. One of the biggest issues people run into is performance degradation. Over time, an SSD will run out of fresh blocks and will have to write over data the file system has marked as deleted. This procedure is very complicated and can slow an SSD's write speeds considerably. To address this problem, most manufacturers have added TRIM support to their SSDs.
Pros: Available in 60GB, 120GB and 240GB capacities, Excellent sequential read and write speeds, SATA 6Gb/s interface, Supports TRIM, SMART and NCQ, 3 year warranty, Reasonably priced
Cons: Considerably slower with incompressible data, Does not include a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter bracket
Conclusion: IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.
Excerpt: OCZ already ships two drives with the blazing-fast SF-2281 controller—the Vertex 3 and the firmware-tweaked Max IOPS Vertex 3. So, why a third? Like its predecessors the Agility and Agility 2, the Agility 3 is OCZ’s “mainstream” SSD for this generation. So what distinguishes it from the Vertex 3, and is there any reason to buy it? Like other 240GB SandForce drives, the Agility 3 uses 256GB of NAND, with 16GB devoted to overprovisioning.
Pros: Nearly as fast as other SF-2281 drives; cheaper.
Cons: Big slowdowns when writing incompressible data.
Conclusion: At this time, I would just like to shift our focus a bit, and go over what I believe is crucial when I took in an OCZ Agility 3 240GB for evaluation. Normally, we don't really care about size of the SSD we are getting for review -- if it plugs in and pulls out the same numbers as the rest of the product line, and so accurately represent the product's performance across the board, then we will be happy.
Summary: I would describe the OCZ Agility 3 as the typical mid-range SATA 6 Gbps SSD. It offers a decent 10% performance upgrade over "old" Sandforce based drives which support only the 3 Gbps interface. Compared to the more expensive Vertex 3 Series, we see a performance reduction of 10% again. Since the Vertex 3 costs over 10% more, the Agility 3 offers slightly better price/performance, too.
Pros: Good performance, SATA 6 Gbps support, Supports TRIM, 3 year warranty, Nice looking, rugged metal case, 3.5" adapter included
Cons: Only 10% faster than 3 Gbps SSDs, Needs SATA 6 Gbps controller to perform best, Can not win price/performance
Summary: Final Thoughts
Just like in the case of previous versions, the Agility 3 is the little brother to the
. While both drives use the same controller the Agility 3 uses “cheaper” 25nm NAND chips. This chips are less expensive to produce and are not as powerful as the ones that are in the Vertex 3.
Pros: – Great performance, – Price compared to the Vertex 3, – 3 year warranty