OCZ Agility 3 

Released February, 2012
  • 180 GB
  • 2.5" SATA III
  • 0 MB
6.5 Out of 10

Like the Vertex 3, its performance on highly compressible data is the among the best we've seen for a single drive configuration.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)
While there's a definitive difference in performance observable through benchmarks between the Vertex 3 and Agility 3, users simply will not be able to discern the difference in practical use.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)

SSDBoss Review Our evaluation of the OCZ Agility 3

read performance

How quickly data is read from the drive

Agility 3
5.7
840 Pro
6.6
Vertex 3
5.8
4K Random Read, 4K Random Read Access Time and 512K Sequential Read

write performance

How quickly data is written to the drive

Agility 3
6.7
840 Pro
7.0
Vertex 3
6.8
4K Random Write, 4K Random Write Access Time and 512K Sequential Write

real world benchmarks

How well the drive performs common tasks

Agility 3
7.6
840 Pro
8.1
Vertex 3
7.7
Windows 7 Boot-up Time, Photoshop Lens Filter and AS SSD ISO Copy

Benchmarks

How well the drive performs on common benchmarks

Agility 3
6.9
840 Pro
7.6
Vertex 3
7.3
Passmark Disk Rating, PCMark Vantage, AS SSD Score and 1 more

6.5

SSDBoss Score

read performance, write performance, real world benchmarks and Benchmarks

Agility 3
6.5
840 Pro
7.1
Vertex 3
6.7

Benchmarks Real world tests of the OCZ Agility 3

4K Random Read

Agility 3
98.72 MB/s
840 EVO
318.8 MB/s
840 Pro
311.34 MB/s

4K Random Write

Agility 3
95.69 MB/s
Vertex 2
18.01 MB/s
SSDNow V300
33.3 MB/s

Windows 7 Boot-up Time

Agility 3
10 s
840 Pro
7.8 s
SSDNow V300
8.3 s

Avg. Power Consumption

Agility 3
2.43 Watts
SSDNow V300
1.81 Watts
Vertex 3
2.98 Watts

4K Random Read Access Time

Agility 3
2.61 ms
SSDNow V300
7.51 ms
MX200
3.49 ms

4K Random Write Access Time

Agility 3
2.53 ms
SSDNow V300
6.46 ms
840 EVO
0.78 ms

Reviews Word on the street for the OCZ Agility 3


8.9
When looking outside the Sandforce universe, we see Intel's flagship 510 Series beating the Agility 3 by 14%, but the Intel drive is much more expensive.

8.0
Mercifully, random access performance is less bandwidth limited allowing the Agility 3 to keep a little closer to the Vertex 3 in the AS SSD 4K read and write benchmarks.

Overall

8.1 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Performance

The 240 GB version of the Agility 3 also carries two channels per die which is not the case with the 120 GB version so performance will differ between the two.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)
It offers a decent 10% performance upgrade over "old" Sandforce based drives which support only the 3 Gbps interface.
by techPowerUp!
OCZ's consumer SSD lineup consists of three products called Solid, Agility and Vertex (in order of increasing performance).
by techPowerUp!

Speed

Legit Bottom Line: While technically not as fast as the Vertex 3 drives, the Agility 3 240 GB SSD certainly holds its own and shouldn't be overlooked.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)
Asynchronous NAND is cheaper and cheaper usually means slower.
by Tech Radar (Aug, 2011)
So if you are benchmark obsessed and really have to have the fastest drive then you may opt for the Vertex 3 but for the rest of us, the Agility 3 will serve us well.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)

Interface

Overall, the Agility 3 is a good investment, especially if you have a motherboard that supports SATA 6 Gbps.
by techPowerUp!
The first generation of Agility drives were pretty close in performance to the more expensive Vertex line and the third iteration will continue that trend by sporting a SATA III interface, SandForce SF-2200 controller and read/write specifications that are only slightly off the Vertex 3 drives with about a 5% difference overall.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)
8.9I would describe the OCZ Agility 3 as the typical mid-range SATA 6 Gbps SSD.
by techPowerUp!

Price

It's worth bearing this in mind in the context of the small price difference between OCZ's pairing.
by Tech Radar (Aug, 2011)
Commensurate with the reduced performance, the similarly-sized Agility 3 drives are less expensive than the Vertex 3 drives with the price for the three capacities being $139.99, $239.99 and $469.99 respectively.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)
The Agility 3, that we have on our test bench today offers slightly less performance than OCZ's Vertex 3 flagship, but also comes at a lower price.
by techPowerUp!

Capacity

The OCZ Agility 3 has 256 GB of NAND on board which translates to 223 GiB of user available capacity once overprovisioning takes its share and Windows takes a bit as well.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)
The 16 flash chips are made by Micron and have a capacity of 16 GB each, they are produced in a 25 nanometer production process.
by techPowerUp!
Available in sizes of 60 GB, 120 GB, and 240 GB they offer less capacity than the Vertex 3 line which has 120 GB at the low end and a whopping 480 GB at the high end.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

storage

Capacity 180 GB
Cache 0 MB
Interface SATA III
Interface speed 6 Gbit/s
Controller SandForce 2281
Memory type MLC
NAND process size 25 nm
Error correction 78 bits/KB
Maximum shock force 1,500G

form factor

Form factor 2.5"
Mfg warranty 3 years
Thickness 9 mm
Weight 79 g

manufacturer performance

Sequential read 525 MB/s
Sequential write 500 MB/s
Random read 35,000 IOPS
Random write 50,000 IOPS
Power consumption (Idle) 1.5 Watts
Power consumption (Active) 2.7 Watts
MTBF 2,000,000 hours
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