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OCZ Agility 3 240GB SSD Review

Rating: 9.0.

This month we have seen the release of a handful of ultra fast Solid State Drives, and Kitguru has been on hand to review them in recent weeks. Today we are looking at the latest drive from market leader OCZ, the Agility 3 240GB. The Agility 3 has been released to compliment their recent Vertex 3 and Vertex 3 MAX IOPS drives, offering high performance but at a reduced price point.

The Agility 3 SATA III series of drives are designed to offer a tempting combination of performance and value. While the Vertex 3 240GB MAX IOPS is retailing for around £470 in the UK, the Agility 3 240GB will be sold for almost £100 less, retailing at around £378 inc vat.

As they are targeting the value oriented performance market this means OCZ will be releasing a 60GB version of the Agility 3, alongside the 120GB and the high end 240GB (which we are reviewing today).

The Agility 3 has rated speeds of up to 525MB/s read and 500 MB/S write with IOPS 4k performance rated to 35,000 read and 45,000 write. The 120GB version of the drive has a IOPS 4k rating of 20,000 read and 50,000 write. The 60GB version has an IOPS 4k rating of 10,000 read and 50,000 write.

Product OCZ Agility 3
Interface Sata III
Controller Sandforce 2281
Size 240GB
SSD Type Multi Level Cell
Trim Support Yes
Read speed (rated) 525MB/s
Write speed (rated) 500MB/s
MBTF 2 Million hours

All of the SandForce SF-2000 series controllers still utilise the patented DuraWrite technology, on the fly compression which reduces the size of the data written to the drive. When this is paired up with wear leveling and intelligent block management the drive will require fewer write cycles during regular use.

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