Model: OCZ Agility 3 120GB Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: OCZ Technology
Provided By: OCZ Technology

OCZ Technology is no stranger to the computer industry. Founded by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts, the company entered the memory market in 2002. Determined to manufacture the very best memory for overclockers, OCZ quickly established itself as a leader in the industry by breaking speed barriers and maintaining a reputation of quality. Today, OCZ continues to innovate. Along with their line of enthusiast-oriented power supplies, the company offers a wide range of high-performance SSD solutions for the enterprise and consumer markets.

One of the latest additions to OCZ's already impressive line of solid state drives is the Agility 3. Available in 60GB, 120GB and 240GB capacities, this cost-effective alternative to the popular Vertex 3 is based on the same SandForce SF-2281 controller and shares many of the same features including a SATA 6Gb/s interface and TRIM support. The biggest difference is that the Agility 3 uses asynchronous NAND, which is more affordable than the synchronous NAND found on the Vertex 3. This does result in some slightly lower performance numbers. However, the Agility 3 still delivers up to 525MB/s reads, 500MB/s writes, and up to 60,000 4KB random write IOPS.

For this review, OCZ sent us the 120GB version of the Agility 3. This SSD is capable of delivering up to 525 MB/s sequential read and 500 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 20,000 random read and 50,000 random write IOPS.

   OCZ Agility 3 120GB Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number AGT3-25SAT3-120G
Capacity 120GB
Flash Type 25nm Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
Controller SandForce SF-2281
Form Factor 2.5-inch
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s

Sequential Read 525 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 500 MB/s Max
4K Random Read 20,000 IOPS (75 MB/s)
4K Random Write 50,000 IOPS (195 MB/s)
Maximum 4K Random Write 85,000 IOPS (330 MB/s)
Seek Time .1 ms

MTBF 2 million hours

Power Consumption
Active 2.7W
Idle 1.5W

Operating Temperature 0 ºC to 70 ºC
Ambient Temperature 0 ºC to 55 ºC
Storage Temperature -45 ºC to 85 ºC
Shock 1500G

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3 mm
Weight 79g

Other Features
Firmware updates
Three year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the Agility 3 has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at OCZ's new SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the Agility 3 have what it takes? Can it deliver the performance we've come to expect from OCZ? Keep reading as we find out.

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