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This review is from: OCZ AGT3-25SAT3-120G Agility 3 120GB SATA III 2.5 inch SSD (Personal Computers)The drive is quick but I really can't see the difference versus my Intel X25-M 80Gb SSD. I deliberately bought the 120Gb OCZ Agility 3 as the speeds are higher depending on the density of the NAND (60Gb slowest and 240Gb fastest) and this hits the value sweetspot.
First of all, make sure you have a 'true' SATA 3 6Gb/s motherboard. OCZ technical support suggest that this drive is best used on Intel Sandy Bridge motherboards. If you have a Marvell controller or otherwise on your board claiming to be SATA 3, it may not be much faster than SATA 2.
Note that Intel Rapid Storage Technology or other controller drivers may cause conflicts on a Marvell controller. Therefore, you should uninstall these and ensure you are on the Microsoft AHCI driver in Windows 7... TRIM may not work otherwise. The firmware should be updated right away with the OCZ Toolbox from their website.
UPDATED IN MARCH 2012
I bought a second OCZ Agility 3 120Gb SSD to upgrade a laptop. The original one is still going strong with no problems. The drive came shipped with the latest firmware 2.15 and only required a format to NTFS (used a caddy to connect to my laptop and format) prior to installing Windows 7.
A clean install is the best way to ensure that Windows 7 is configured for an SSD. However, you will still need to disable superfetch, scheduled disk defragmetation and drive indexing.
After many Windows updates, the laptop is transformed. It previously had a 5400RPM drive and boot time was about 90 seconds. It is now under 30 seconds. The other immediate difference is heat. I would not say the energy saving is much more than the HDD but the amount of heat generated is significantly less on my lap and the laptop is mostly silent apart from the occasional spinning up of the fan.
I have read reviews of the latest Indilinx controllers but none deliver the IOPS of the Agility 3 at this price point. A good all-rounder performer.
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Initial post: 6 Jul 2011 11:30:44 BDT
OCZ is continuing to see a very low incident of BSODs, but the vast majority of customers should never experience the issue.
It continues to be very difficult to replicate, but OCZ continues to work closely with SandForce and has identified a number of items that affect the BSOD occurrence and has determined new fixes to address the issue.
We recommend any customers that have experienced the BSOD issue do the following:
1. Please ensure that the SSD is connected to your system with a high quality SATA cable that is rated for SATA 6Gbps; these cables are often supplied with motherboards and do not use SATA cables that are intended for use with previous generation drives.
2. For Intel platform users we recommend using the latest release of the Intel RST driver (10.1.0.1008)
3. If after both of these implementations you are still experiencing any BSODs, we have a firmware patch with SATA timing optimizations that we believe will address the issue. Currently, this new firmware is only recommended for customers that have observed the BSOD issue. This firmware version slightly affects sequential write performance as adjustments were made in the timings. OCZ anticipates future optimizations to the base code to minimize any performance delta associated with this temporary workaround.
Moving forward OCZ will be also adding a feature in the Toolbox which allows customers to select a setting to adjust response times.
We thank all of our customers for your support and patience and will continue to provide further updates and additional tools for any customers affected by any issues, and continue to work diligently to deliver the best solutions for our customers.
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