• Indilinx Everest 2 NAND controller
  • 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 240GB, 480GB storage sizes
  • 2 million hours Mean Time Between Failure
  • 256-bit AES-compliant, ATA Security Mode Features
  • Pros:
  • Affordable
  • Good performance
  • Cons:
  • Some TRIM issues

Fast And Affordable

Last month, we took a look at OCZ’s Vertex 4 SSD. It features some pretty amazing tech, making it on par with some of the market’s fastest SSDs at the moment. This time, we get to play around with the OCZ Agility 3, yet another zippy SSD in OCZ’s stable of memory and storage products.

The Agility 3 is one of those “budget” SSDs that PC enthusiasts look for when they don’t want to fork out too much money for components. Whilst the term “budget” often meant that performance has to be sacrificed for price, technology has caught up in such a way that you can get away with paying less while still get top-notch performance from your components.

This is evident with the SandForce SF-2281 used here, which is widely considered to be one of the best controllers in the market right now. In terms of storage capacity, users get to choose between 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB, and 480GB for a wide variety of use.

As with most, if not all SSDs launched in the past half year or so, the Agility 3 utilises SATA 3.0 connectivity, which allows for insane transfer speeds. As a matter of fact it performs almost as good as the Vertex 4 that we reviewed last month, with somewhat slightly better read speeds.

As we ran several benchmark tests on the Agility 3, it became apparent to us that OCZ isn’t just planning on making cheap SSDs, but to make the Agility 3 a budget offering that appeals to the enthusiasts as well. On storage benchmark software CrystalDiskMark and AS SSD, the Agility 3 recorded a stable rate of 490-500MB/s read time and 350MB/s write times, which is a highly impressive feat.

If we had one thing to nitpick about the Agility 3 however, it would be about its TRIM feature. This is basically a feature that enables the operating system to tell the SSDs which information can be deleted (usually old cache) from the drive. While an excellent feature, we’ve found out that the SSD stutters from time to time (usually once or twice a day) due to this. It’s inconsequential, but this may annoy some people after a while.

CHIP CONCLUDEThe OCZ Agility 3 is most definitely one to consider if you’re looking to get youself an SSD, but aren’t willing to part with a whole lot of cash for it. Works great as an OS drive, and a fast storage solution if speed is what you need.

(previously published in issue August 2012)