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OCZ Agility 2 60GB review

Low cost Sandforce SSD for the win?

Our Verdict

A superb drive, but no reason to buy it over the faster Vertex 2.

For

  • Excellent write performance
  • Top tier read for small files

Against

  • Not the fastest sequential read speeds
  • Vertex 2 is same price

Is the OCZ Agility 2 the low-capacity, low-cost Sandforce SSD of choice? There's only one way to find out...

Anyone who wants the best performance from their PC will know the advantages of using a high speed solid state drive for system files and important applications.

The question is, which one?

There are a lot of SSDs around with wildly varying prices and performance. OCZ alone has eight different product lines in a range of sizes from 32GB to 400GB. It gets a little confusing.

There's the Onyx, the Vertex, the Vertex 2, the Vertex LE, the Vertex 2 LE, the Vertex EX, the Vertex 2 EX, the Vertex 2 Pro and, finally, the drive we're looking at today, the Agility 2.

OCZ classifies the Agility 2 as its second tier range behind the Vertex 2. As one of the very few drives which use the new and much anticipated Sandforce SF-1200 controller, though, it's a class above most existing SSDs available.

There are a load of technical advantages to the new controller but the key one is that it supports the TRIM feature in Windows 7 and Linux kernels from 2.6.33 on, which streamlines the Agility 2's ability to write data over other drives which use an older architecture.

But what does that mean in performance terms?

Tech Specs

Product TypeSolid State Drive
Product FamilyAgility 2
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width2.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/300
Brand NameOCZ Storage Solutions
Drive TypeInternal
Storage Capacity60 GB
Maximum Read Transfer Rate285 MBps
Maximum Write Transfer Rate275 MBps
Height9.3 mm
Width69.6 mm
Depth99.8 mm
ManufacturerOCZ Storage Solutions, Inc.
Product ModelOCZSSD2-2AGTE60G
Product NameAgility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G MLC Solid State Drive
Product LineAgility 2
Manufacturer Part NumberOCZSSD2-2AGTE60G
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.ocztechnology.com
Marketing Information

Based on a cutting-edge new architecture, Agility 2 Solid State Drives deliver unprecedented performance while maintaining an affordable storage solution for early adopters looking to update their systems with the latest technology. OCZ designed the Agility 2 to excel in both sequential and random read/write rates to take your PC or notebook productivity to the next level, featuring superb 4k random writes up to 10,000 IOPS to give a performance edge over the previous generation. Using the latest controller technology, Agility 2 not only provides a faster, more responsive PC experience, but promotes cooler, quieter, and more energy efficient conditions compared to traditional mechanical hard drives.

Weight (Approximate)77 g