OCZ 60Gb Agility 2 SATA II 2.5 SSD
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 08-02-2010
Provided by: OCZ
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ATTO / CrystalDiskMark / HD Tune

In the following benchmarks, results of the v1.10 firmware are noted on the left side, with v1.11 shown on the right.


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.


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