OCZ Agility 4 256GB
WHAT WE LIKED:Very fast, Excellent incompressible data results, Affordable, Full 256GB capacity pre-format
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Slightly shorter lifetime than premium SSDs, Need SATA 6G motherboard to use the full speed
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Over the last couple of years or so we’ve looked at many Solid State Drives that feature various technologies in the attempt to boost speed and performance. Some have been more successful than other, but there’s no mistaking the fact that SSDs are becoming increasingly popular with each passing month. Big improvements in controller technology and performance increases have been overshadowed perhaps by falling prices, making these lightning quick drives more accessible to the masses, helping to overcome the biggest bottleneck components in a modern system.
OCZ bought Indilinx last year with the plans to develop a proprietary controller, and the result of that was initially the “Indilinx-Infused” Everest 1 controller on the OCZ Octane; impressive but not reality-bending. Then along came the Everest 2 controller, and we’re not seeing a more mainstream-oriented approach with the OCZ Agility 4.
It’s not always the enthusiasts (and well-heeled) that want blistering speeds, and certainly not just in the SSD arena. Anyone with an SSD can benefit from massive performance gains over a hard drive, from the most diehard to the budget-oriented consumer. So the OCZ Agility 4 targets the latter, incorporating the Everest 2 controller but offering an SSD package that’s very accessible to users on a modest budget.
The interesting thing about the Agility 4 is the Everest controller looks to offer nearly enthusiast-classed performance, particularly in incompressible data, at a much lower price point than we typically see. Currently retailing for only $189 in the 256GB capacity ($100 for 128GB), that’s only $0.73 per GB and a very attractive deal.
But how does the performance of the OCZ Agility 4 measure up? Is it worth the investment? Let’s find out.
Founded in 2002, San Jose, California-based OCZ Technology Group, Inc. has built on its expertise in high-speed memory to become a dominant player in the manufacturing and distribution of solid state drives (SSDs), a disruptive, game-changing technology that is replacing traditional rotating magnetic hard disk drives (HDDs). SSDs are faster, more reliable, run cooler, and use significantly less power than the HDDs used in the majority of computers today. In addition to SSD technology, OCZ also offers high performance components for computing devices and systems, including enterprise class power management products and industrial power accessories.