We used following system to test the SSD:
2x4GB Kingston Hyperx Blu 1600MHz
AMD Radeon 6850
Programs we used in our test sessions were Atto diskmark, AS SSD and Crystaldiskmark. Operating system in the test setup was Windows 7 Professional X64 with Service pack 1 installed.
AS SSD Copy:
AS SSD tests SSD:s in real life situations filling the SSD with random data in three separate simulations. OCZ Agility 3 falls way behind the other SSD:s we had available with very large margins. Far away are the speeds OCZ claims the Agility 3 to be able to do. For example Kingston HyperX SSD is able to provide over twice as fast transfer speeds in ISO and Program tests. In Game test Crucial M4 is over 2.5x faster than the OCZ Agility 3.
AS SSD duration:
The duration test is basically the same test as the copy speed test. This time the results are shown in time (seconds).
AS SSD read:
AS SSD Read test is synthetic test provided in the AS SSD program. OCZ Agility falls way behind all the other SSD:s we had in test and the results are in line with the Copy test.
AS SSD write:
Like in both the Read test and iWrite test the OCZ Agility is the slowest of the four SSD:s we have in this test. Even the Verbatim SATA-III, which I thought was slow, is faster than the OCZ Agility 3. The results do not seem very bright for the OCZ Agility 3.
In Atto Read test we were watching especially transfer rates at 4096k and 8192k chunk sizes. OCZ Agility shines in compressable (basically filling the SSD with zeros) data. OCZ Agility is the fastest SSD we had available. However, as we saw in the AS SSD, the OCZ Agility isn’t always that fast. Most of the data written on SSD:s in real life situations isn’t compressable.
Thanks to compressable data, which ATTO uses, OCZ Agility shines in Atto Write test. The results are similar to Verbatim SATA-III SSD we reviewed earlier this year. You should remember that to get the full potential from OCZ Agility, and other new Sandforce SSD:s, you need a SATA III slot in your computer. Otherwise the SATA-slot will be the limiting factor.
Like Atto, Crystaldiskmark fills the SSD with test data full of zeros. OCZ Agility shines in such tests, thanks to sandforce which compresses the data and is extremely fast in such operations. OCZ Agility is on par with Kingston HyperX and Crucial M4 in reading sequential data and is the fastest in 512k chunk size test. With 4K and 4KQD32 it is tad slower than the fastest SSD:s we had available, but the results are still very good.
Crystaldiskmark write tests do not show us anything suprising. OCZ Agility is way faster than any of its competitors with quite a large margin. 4K test is the only one it doesn’t win, and the difference in it isn’t alarmingly large.
Despite having some initial compatibility problems with my Lenovo Thinkpad T61, OCZ Agility 3 proved to be quite a good SSD in its price-range. Performance was bit disappointing considering the numbers OCZ claimed it to be able, but then again in real life situations I did not see any performance difference against other SSD:s I had. The 60Gb model is priced around 60€ here in Finland, which makes it quite a good deal. I could recommend OCZ Agility 3 for anyone who is looking for an inexpensive SSD and the absolute maximum speed isn’t the requirement for you. You can buy this for example at Newegg or Amazon.
- Compatibility problems with some motherboards
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