Since OCZ recommends using ATTO Disk Benchmark to test their SSDs, that's the first utility I fired up. Although the two firmware versions used on the Agility 2 appear to have very little difference between them when it comes to performance, I did find that the results obtained using ATTO were extremely close to those that Shawn observed with the Vertex 2 tested last month. Only around 10MB/s separate the write speeds (260MB/s vs 270MB/s) whereas the read speeds top out at a nearly identical 284MB/s, which probably has more to do with the limitations of the SATA 3GB/s interface than any actual drive restriction.
Also just as found with the Vertex 2, CrystalDiskMark reveals vastly different performance figures compared to those seen with ATTO. Here we see a much lower 200MB/s read, 100MB/s write on the large, sequential files, with the smaller random transfers scoring even less. All of these SandForce results still show a sizable advantage with the smaller, random writes compared to older Indilinx controller drives like the original Agility.
HD Tune seems to confirm the CrystalDiskMark results with a sustained read average just shy of 200MB/s. Although I have been seeing some off-baseline results out of HD Tune recently when it comes to testing drive performance, it is interesting to note that this benchmark places the Agility 2 in the same ballpark as CDM.
Continue as we test with AS SSD and SiSoft Sandra.