OCZ Agility 120GB MLC Solid State Drive
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 08-23-2009
Provided by: OCZ Technology
First Looks

The OCZ Agility arrives without much of a bundle; included with the drive itself is just a booklet with installation instructions and warranty information. Upon arrival, the drive is packaged in an anti-static bag within tightly fitted foam.

The drive itself is the same size as any 2.5" laptop HDD. Such a standard form factor means the drive will fit nicely in any laptop or you can install it in a desktop using an adapter or some other creative method. You can see the Agility (green) next to its predecessor, the Apex (orange). Their aesthetics differ minimally, and layout not at all.

On the back of the drive, you'll find stickers with your typical information, including serial and model numbers as well as electrical warnings. There's also a "warranty void if removed" sticker on the upper left screw to discourage tampering with the drive.

At the end of the drive are typical SATA data and power connections, as well as jumper pins, though no jumpers are included. The Agility follows a very standard layout and so should be compatible with most systems, mobile and otherwise.

Removing the screws on the Agility proved to be quite difficult, but I persevered for the sake of our beloved readers. Popping the top off, we find a much welcome change from the Apex's JMicron dual RAID controllers to an Indilinx "Barefoot" controller. If you were curious, this is the controller found in OCZ's top of the line SSD, the Vertex EX SLC. Also of note is the non-Samsung NAND flash chips.

Continue on as we test out the Agility, just ahead.

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