Reviews and Problems with OCZ Agility 3 Series (AGT3-25SAT3)
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S. Earle, Amazon
3 March 2012
Summary: Ordered on Tuesday morning and replaced the system hard drive in a 2010 Mac Book Pro on Thursday of this week. (Via Prime) The startup speeds are nothing short of amazing. From power button to login and desktop in around 10 seconds. This used to take a minute thirty at the very minimum. The subject laptop has 8GB of ram and runs OSX 10.7.3. and is used primarily for IT work and heavy lifting.
Summary: I initally had 2 60GB drives in raid0 because they were on sale... one of them failed immediately and I exchanged both for a 120GB drive. That lasted one month of infrequent use and one month of heavy (personal) use before it would no longer boot; unclear if it was a MB (ASRock Deluxe5) issue or a SSD issue, but the MB and SSD never got along very well the whole time. Worked great when it worked, the drive was lightning fast. Oh well...
Summary: speed description as changed on this sell since i bought mine which was advertised as double these advertised speeds.. (fishy) soon found out what speed these drives did with the common ssd drive speed test s/w and what rubbish compared to the vertex drive of same maker. this drive below beats the hell out of this drive, if advertised correctly that is..
Summary: This being my first ssd I was quite excited, however after installing the OS and all my programs the ssd decided to DIE! yes literally less than half a day after opening the packet. I then tried it in two other computers and a laptop but still nothing. Luckily amazon have refunded me and i'm hoping that it was just a defect in the ssd and i'll have better luck with another ssd.
Summary: First one died, got replaced by a new one... Second one stopped working, reformatted, installed Win again, and nothing, OS says there's a hardware failure on the disk. Dont waste your money with this one...
Summary: Purchase this SSD in January, and up to recently its performance was solid. Unfortunately, as of five days ago it has begun to fail periodically. This meant it is useless for the task I intended it to have, running my OS. Data seems to be retained when it fails, but still sending it back to the manufacturer (who, very annoyingly, are in the Netherlands).
Summary: After updating the firmware with the use of a friend's windows based computer, I have had no more problems with the drive. However, due to the poor out of the box performance and the hassle of taking the drive back out to use another computer to update the firmware before I could even make use of it, I would not recommend this product.
Pros: Improved boot time over an HDD.
No lag or drive noise.
Comes back from Hibernation & Sleep quickly.
Cons: When first installed, my computer would not run the OS (Ubuntu 12.04 or Ubuntu 10.04) for more than 15 minutes at a time without freezing up. Sometimes it would freeze immediately upon booting.
Could not get OCZ's Linux based firmware update tool to work.
9 weeks after purchase, I'm still waiting for the mail in rebate to arrive.
Summary: Make sure you have AHCI enabled in bios before OS install. OCZ uses absolute maximum ratings for the 500MB/s numbers. You will not get these in real life. A detailed discussion can be found via google but all you really need to look at is this product sheet:http://www.ocztechnology.com/res/manuals/OCZ_Agility3_Product_sheet.pdf Real world read/writes are significantly less. Don't make my mistake, spend the extra money for better drive such as vertex 3.
Pros: -Decent Performance
-Good Reading Speed
Cons: -So-so write speed
-Inconsistent performance based on compressible/non-compressible data
Pros: I was using it for Intel Smart Response caching. It was nice & quick but then it died after 1 month of use. BIOS would hang whenever it was detecting drives and reached the SATA port this one was connected to. Confirmed to be dead when tested on another computer.
Dropped it off for warranty. Will see how long it lasts when I get it or a new one back but from my experience I wouldn't recommend one in a critical situation.
Summary: It's a very fast drive and would work well for those who do shut down their computer's nightly. The drive supports TRIM, but the Marvel 9138 SATA 3 controller on most mother boards does not. You need to plug it into the SATA 2 controller if you want TRIM.
Pros: The drive was easy to install and only took a couple minutes to get my BIOS to boot to it. Booting up is nice and fast once my BIOS was done. My BIOS takes about 40 seconds to find everything, then Windows boots in 14 seconds.
Cons: It has issues. My first drive would disconnect itself from the SATA controller around three days after booting. This caused blue screens of course. I had it replaced within the 30 day window for another one. This one disconnects itself about 3 weeks after booting, again causing blue screens. How does one prove that it's flaky if it takes 3 or weeks to fail? This issue is talked about on the OCZ forums and could be firmware related.