Who like to upgrade or build a new PC, will think about buying an SSD, at least during the first purchase consideration. However in the price comparison one realizes that the price of a Solid State Drive is much higher than the price of a conventional Hard Disk Drive with the same capacity. Nevertheless, the prices of SSDs are getting lower, and who like to get an overclocked PC much faster, will already find some interesting drives in the lower price segment. This review is about the OCZ Agility 120GB SATA2 SSD.
Thanks for the support …
Many thanks for the support with the OCZ Agility 120GB 2.5″ SSD by the manufacturer OCZ.
The OCZ Agility 128GB SATA2 Solid State Drive OCZSSD2-1AGT120G has at present a price of approx. 300 Euro (Stand 06/2010).
The OCZ Agility series contains at present the following types: 30GB OCZSSD2-1AGT30G approx. 110 Euro (06/2010) 60GB OCZSSD2-1AGT60G approx. 160 Euro (06/2010) 120GB OCZSSD2-1AGT120G approx. 300 Euro (06/2010) 250GB OCZSSD2-1AGT250G approx. 650 Euro (06/2010) SSDs and other hardware is available at our sponsors.
The supply of the OCZ Agility 128GB SATA2 SSD …
The OCZ Solid State Drive was supplied well protected in this small cardboard box:
That is contained …
OCZ supplies the Agility SSD well padded in a hinged box as well as to short installation guide.
Here is a picture of the packed OCZ Agility SSD with installation guide:
And here is a picture of the new SSD storage medium, which should make the PC noticeably faster …
In the following picture one sees the back of the small 2.5″ OCZ Agility 120GB SSD, where one can see down the SATA2 connections for data and power, which are by the way identical to conventional SATA2 hard disks:
That is contained …
|Flash Type||MLC – Multi-Level-Cell|
|Size||2,5″ (99,8 x 69,63 x 9,3mm)|
|Speed||Lesen bis zu 230 MB/s / Schreiben bis zu 135 MB/s|
|Power Consumption||0,5W in stand by / 2Watt in operation|
|MTBF||1.5 million hours|
|Other||TRIM support, RAID support, Garbage Collection software|
Here is a Snipping screenshot of the CrystalDiskInfo 3.5.3 SSD and HDD information software:
SSD firmware update …
Before starting the tests, it’s time to make sure, that the firmware of the SSD is up to date and update it to the latest version. At the review date, the company OCZ offered the firmware version 1.5 for Indilinx based SSDs. Of course a test with the previous version was made, which was even faster, but unfortunately not so safe. The update of the OCZ firmware is very easy: Download the firmware from OCZ, unpack the contained ISO file, burn it on a CD, boot with this CD, select the SSD in the firmware update utility and confirm the firmware update.
Here is a screenshot of the OCZ firmware update from version 1.4 to version 1.5: