OCZ Agility Series 120GB SSD Reviewccokeman - March 4, 2010
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
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Solid state drives (SSDs) are no longer what would be considered "new" technology, but rather a technology that continues to evolve. Just about everyone has heard the horror stories about the early non-Intel drives having stuttering problems and poor write performance due to the early Jmicron controllers. Fast forward to the present and you have a whole different situation. The introduction of the INDILINX controller changed the way SSDs perform. Sure you had massive speeds and almost nonexistent access times before, but now you also have a smoother running drive that ultimately makes for a better experience. OCZ has been on the front lines of this story and has done a great job educating the masses on its support forums about the ins and outs of the SSD. OCZ makes more than a few series of SSDs, which include the Vertex series for performance and enterprise users, the Agility series for mainstream users, and the Value series for a more economical entry point into the world of solid state drives.
The Agility series 120GB SATA II 2.5 inch form factor drive is based on MLC NAND flash technology and sports an impressive list of performance ratings, with read speeds of up to 230MB/s and write speeds of up to 135MB/s. Furthermore, it's a large enough drive to do double duty as a single drive in a system, as long as you don't go overboard with the amount of installed programs. However, if you do need more space, a 250GB drive is available. This drive comes with a MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure) rating of 1.5 million hours, so in reality, there should be no issues with warranty for a failed drive, as the MTBF equals a whopping 171+ years. Let's see if the OCZ Agility delivers the goods and whether it can improve the computing experience.
The front panel of the packaging for the Agility series 120GB drive shows a representation of the enclosed solid state drive. The front panel also lists some of the features of this drive, such as faster SATA II access times, lower power consumption, RAID support, and shock resistance - all features that make this drive ideal for a portable PC. The back panel lists the specifications of the Agility series drive - up to 230MB/s reads and 135MB/s writes, with sustained writes up to 80MB/s. Shock resistance and the MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure) are impressive at 1500G (.5ms) and 1.5 million hours, respectively. I think it's meant to last a lifetime or two!
Tucked neatly inside the box, the OCZ Agility is inside a flip-open package that is a block of dense foam to protect the drive while being transported. The Agility drive is also enclosed in an anti-static bag, protecting it from any accidental electro-static discharge. Accompanying the drive is the requisite installation manual / warranty info, just in case you have trouble installing the drive or need the services of OCZ to repair or replace your drive!
The OCZ Agility comes with an impressive list of features and performance numbers, so let's see just what makes this drive tick.