OCZ Agility EX Series SSD Review

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Test System and IOMeter

Our Test Methodologies:  Under each test condition, the Solid State Drives tested here were installed as secondary volumes in our testbed, with a standard spinning hard disk for the OS and benchmark installations.  The SSDs were left blank without partitions wherever possible, unless a test required them to be partitioned and formatted, as was the case with our ATTO benchmark tests. Windows firewall, automatic updates and screen savers were all disabled before testing. In all test runs, we rebooted the system and waited several minutes for drive activity to settle before invoking a test.

HotHardware Test System
Intel Core i7 Powered

Processor -

Motherboard -

Video Card -

Memory -

Audio -

Hard Drives -


Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7 920

Gigabyte GA-EX58-Extreme
(X58 Express Chipset)

GeForce GTX 280

6144MB Corsair DDR3-1333

Integrated on board

Western Digital Raptor - OS
OCZ Agility EX Series 60GB
OCZ Vertex Series 120GB
Corsair P256
Intel X25-M Gen 1 80GB
Intel X25-M Gen 2 160GB

OS -

Chipset Drivers -

DirectX -

Video Drivers
Relevant Software:
Win Vista Ultimate SP2


DirectX 10

NVIDIA ForceWare v182.50

Benchmarks Used:
HD Tach
ATTO ver 2.34
PCMark Vantage
SiSoftware Sandra XII SP2

 I/O Subsystem Measurement Tool

In the following tables, we're showing two sets of access patterns; one with an 8K transfer size, 80% reads (20% writes) and 80% random (20% sequential) access and one with IOMeter's default access pattern of 2K transfers, 67% reads and 100% random access.

Its surprising to see where the Agility EX stands in comparison to our reference drives. In this benchmark, it falls in the middle of the pack and is easily outpaced by both of the Intel SSDs in the group. Also, the average response time of the Agility EX trails every other drive in this comparison.

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