OCZ Agility SSD 120GB review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 08/05/2009 01:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
SiSoft Sandra HD test
Let's do a synthetic test with Sandra, just to see if we can match the results we've seen in HD Tach.
What SANDRA also does (important for an HDD) is to test at several positions of the HD. See, at the outer part of a platter the performance is slower. The drive index test is what I refer to. The higher the better.
The WD Velociraptor is fast at 99 MB/sec and then the tested SSD shows absolutely brilliant performance up to 239 MB/sec speeds. I mean... look at that (!).
Standard procedure for our HDD/SSD tests is to make a clean install of Windows Vista on the SSD drive.
Playing some games... work a little on it, just basic normal PC usage. And I just have to admit I like it.
Really fast access times, combined with good speed and no noise: What's not to like? Sure there's a slowdown every now and then, especially in small writes; yet, you get that stuff with a traditional HDD just as well.
Very noticeable is system boot up time. Windows Vista boots up in 15 to 20 seconds, which is typically a minute (maybe two) on an average HDD based system. Though in all fairness, the SSD Vista installation is new and thus clean.
For you, as a gamer, we did a subjective test as well. Call of Duty 4. Starting up the game, load times feel just so much faster.
- On the Raptor it takes 22 seconds to start up the Ghilly suit level
- On the G.Skill SSD it takes 8-9 seconds to start up the Ghilly suit level
- On the Patriot Warp SSD it takes 8-9 seconds to start up the Ghilly suit level
- On the Skill Titan SSD it takes 8-9 seconds to start up the Ghilly suit level
- On the OCZ Vertex SSD it takes 7-8 seconds to start up the Ghilly suit level
- On the G.Skill Falcon SSD it takes 7-8 seconds to start up the Ghilly suit level
- On the OCZ Summit SSD it takes 7-8 seconds to start up the Ghilly suit level
- On the OCZ Agility SSD it takes 7-8 seconds to start up the Ghilly suit level
- On the Patriot Torqx SSD it takes 7-8 seconds to start up the Ghilly suit level
- On the Corsair P128 SSD it takes again 7-8 seconds to start up the Ghilly suit level
I mentioned this before, but it seems that we are hitting some sort of bottleneck as load times do not get much faster anymore. Everything your SSD loads into memory, has to be processed by your PC. So this is our new challenge to address. None the less, remarkable to say the least. Again, this is a subjective 'real-world' test. Numbers might, and likely will differ in different environments / PCs, but one thing is a sure fact, you'll definitely notice a large speed up in level and overall game load times, no doubt there.
OCZ is about to inject an SSD into the market that is labeled Agility 3 SSD. What's the difference in-between Agility 2 and now 3 you might ask ? Well, two primary things really, controller and NAND flash memory type. Labeled with advertised speeds of of 525 MB/sec with write speeds of 500 MB/sec this product should be really interesting for many of you.
OCZ Agility EX SSD 60GB review
Today we test the OCZ Agility EX SSD. If 100% reliability is your thing then this is the cheapest SLC based SSD with an Indilinx controller that you can think of. The OCZ Agility EX offers top notch performance and reliability, we honestly believe in the theory that the SSD could probably outlive you.
OCZ Agility SSD 120GB review
The OCZ Agility series SSD is an accumulation of all the latest breakthroughs in SSD technology, including controller design, spiffy read/write speeds, and 64MB of onboard cache, yet with this series, at a somewhat better price. See, by doing so OCZ shaves another 20 to 25% off the sales price.