Reviews and Problems with OCZ Agility 3 Series (AGT3-25SAT3)
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SandForce still has issues
19 October 2011
Summary: For me, I will not buy another SandForce drive until these issues are thoroughly dealt with and the drives are rock solid.
Pros: Very fast drive. When it works, it's a great OS drive, as are all SSDs with a Sandforce controller.
Cons: Reliability. Like so many others who have bought SSDs with the Sandforce controller, this model is hit and miss with detection in the BIOS, had BSODs even despite a fresh windows 7 reload, and firmware updates. It is better since firmware 2.13, but these drives shouldn't be having this many issues. It's not just restricted to OCZ 6Gbps SSD models - it's the same for all other brands with Sandforce controllers, just read the reviews and you'll see.
Summary: This would be a 5 star review, but it is only going to get 3 stars because of the lousy rebate process. Without the additional $30 off, it's not a great buy. To get that $30, you have to accept it in the form of an AMEX card and let marketing companies in the door.
Pros: Fast access
, Quick Boots
, Firmware updates are offered from manufacturer
, Decent capacity, adequate for an OS and a suite of applications / games
Cons: Firmware update tool needs to be run in XP compatibility mode on W7x64 - easy to do, hard to determine that was the fix to make the magic happen.
, Rebate comes in the form of an AMEX card, spam email and early morning marketing phone calls no extra charge.
Summary: I initially installed windows 7 on this drive with FW2.06 (should have read reviews here first). The drive would freeze intermittently for minutes at a time. Updating to FW2.09 has so far has fixed the freezing but I ended up having to install windows 3 times (painful!). The drive actually benchmarks 10% slower under FW2.09 compared to FW2.06 but it is still up to it's advertised specs.
Pros: Lightning Fast
Cons: It's shipped with firmware 2.06 which is junk.
Summary: If you're looking for a cheap entry to SSD's, go for it, if you're a performance enthusiast. Stay away! Performance is no-where near advertised. Secondly, there are a ton of forum postings with users having BSOD and random lock-ups with the Vertex 3 and Agility 3 drives.
Summary: the 500mb+ read and write is benched using ATTO using compressible data. So if you bench with AS SSD/Crystaldisk mark your sequential read and write are decreased to 160/70 mb/s respectively. So let say if your transferring a movie from a HDD to your NEW SSD, it's gonna be slower than your hdd to hdd transfer. cuz it's doing it at 70mb/s, as oppose to 120 your hdd outputs out.
Summary: Meine Agility 3 lief ein Jahr lang völlig problemlos in meinem Desktop. Ich habe zwar nicht großartig Benchmarks zum Durchsatz gefahren, aber es kommt ja auf die IOPS an und da war das System schnell - kein gefühlter Unterschied zu anderen Rechnern hier mit anderen SSDs. Leider versagte das nach gut einem Jahr völlig spontan den Dienst. Nach einem Firmwareupdate lies es sich zwar wieder formatieren (alte Daten waren futsch - es lebe das Backup!