Reviews and Problems with OCZ Agility 3 Series (AGT3-25SAT3)
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OCZ Agility 3 240GB Solid State Drive Review
29 September 2013
Conclusion: Final ThoughtsFinishing this review off, some may feel that the Agility 3 is very similar to the Vertex 3, and you’re right, but it offers something a little bit more and that’s a better price point. Price wise, you’ll be looking at £293.09 from Scan or $369.99 at Newegg giving UK users a bit of a raw deal.
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.
Summary: In tests that more closely mirror most real-world scenarios—such as PCMark Vantage and PCMark 11, Premiere Pro, and IOmeter—the Agility 3 performs nearly as well as SF-2281 drives that use synchronous NAND. Unless you often write a lot of incompressible data to disk, you’re not likely to notice much speed difference if you opt for the Agility 3, and you’ll save some scratch—a 240GB Agility 3 was about $65 cheaper than the same size Vertex 3 as of press time.
Pros: Nearly as fast as other SF-2281 drives; cheaper.
Cons: Big slowdowns when writing incompressible data.
Summary: The OCZ Agility 3 is a great replacement for the enthusiast looking to take their systems to the next level. Boasting incredible performance numbers with the help from the SandForce SF-2281 controller, we can not find a reason to continue using a mechanical hard drive as a O/S or application drive. With the help of the SATA III interface we see the Agility 3 constantly seeing 500MB/s transfer rates according to the benchmark applications we ran.
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.
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
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