OCZ Technology Agility 3 240GB Solid State Drive
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 06-14-2011
Provided by: OCZ Technology

I will be testing the Agility 3 using the following hardware.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
Corsair Hydro H70 Liquid CPU Cooler
Corsair 2x 2GB XMS3 DDR3
MSI R6850 Power Edition
Fujitsu 160GB OS Drive
TT Toughpower Grand 1050W
Corsair Obsidian 650D
Optical drive
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I will be comparing the Agility 3 to our pre-production Vertex 3 240GB drive which was tested with the following hardware.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
Noctua NH-D14
OCZ Flex EX PC3-17000 2x 4GB
Sparkle GTS 250 VGA
OCZ Vertex 2 50GB OS Drive
BFG Tech MX 550W
Corsair Obsidian 800D
Optical drive
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

The test hardware between the two is slightly different but this won't really matter much as both drives were tested on high-end Sandy Bridge systems using SATA 6Gb/sec. Both drives were tested as empty secondary drives.

I will be running the following tests on the Agility 3.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0 x64
ATTO Disk Benchmark 2.46
HD Tune 2.55
IOMeter 2008
Real world file transfer

The Agility 3 results will be on the left with the Vertex 3 on the right side. First up is Crystal.

The Agility 3 fell being the Vertex 3 is all categories slightly but the sequential read and 512KK reads were substantially lower. Let's see what ATTO reveals.

ATTO shows the drives displaying very similar performance, outpacing even OCZ's estimated claims. ATTO is the program that most companies use when creating marketing material for their drives. Next up, is AS SSD.

The trend here continues from what we saw in Crystal with the Vertex 3 being faster all around.

HD Tune shows that the Vertex 3 has a faster maximum and average transfer rate as well as a higher burst rate and lower access time.

The 4k Random Read tests are on top with the 4k Random Write tests on the bottom. The Agility 3 is no match for the Vertex 3's impressive 70k read IOPS.

For the real world file transfer test, I measured how long it took to copy two sets of files from one location to another on the drive. For the small files test, I transferred 557 MP3 files, totaling 2.56GB. For the large file, I zipped these same MP3s into a single file measuring 2.52GB in size. Results are below:

Agility 3
Small File Transfer Time: 26 seconds
Large File Transfer Time: 25 seconds

Vertex 3
Small File Transfer Time: 17 seconds
Large File Transfer Time: 14 seconds

Our real-world results are pretty telling - the Vertex 3 is a good bit faster than the Agility 3 when transferring data from one section of the drive to another.

Let's move ahead and analyze these findings.

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