titleIt wasn’t that long ago when we took a look at the OCZ Vertex 4, the first drive sporting the Indilinx Everest 2 controller. The Vertex 4 topped just about everything we put it through. When OCZ asked if we were interested in checking out the Asynchronous Agility 4, we jumped at the chance. With the difference between the drives just being the NAND used, it’s always interesting to see what real world performance difference you should expect when going with a budget drive. Not everyone can afford to get top of the line, especially when balancing capacity as well. Let’s see what you will be giving up and find out if it’s worth the difference in price.

Product Name: OCZ Agility 4 256gb

Review Sample Provided by: OCZ

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes


Specifications

Physical

Usable Capacities (IDEMA)

64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB

NAND Components

2Xnm Asynchronous Multi-Level Cell (MLC)

Interface

SATA III / 6Gbps (backwards compatible with SATA II / 3Gbps)

Form Factor

2.5 Inch

NAND Controller

Indilinx Everest 2

DRAM Cache

Up to 1GB

Dimensions (L x W x H)

99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3 mm

Reliability/Protection

MTBF

2 million hours

Data Path Protection

ECC corrects up to 78 random bits/1KB

Data Encryption

256-bit AES-compliant, ATA Security Mode Features

Product Health Monitoring

Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) Support

Environmental

Power Consumption

Idle: 1.3 W    Active: 2.5 W

Operating Temperature

0°C ~ 70°C

Ambient Temperature

0°C ~ 55°C

Storage Temperature

-45°C ~ 85°C

Shock Resistance

1500G

Compatibility

Serial ATA (SATA)

Fully compliant with Serial ATA International Organization: Serial ATA Revision 3.0.

Fully compliant with ATA/ATAPI-8 Standard Native Command Queuing (NCQ)

Operating System

Windows XP 32-bit /64-bit; Windows Vista 32-bit / 64-bit; Windows 7 32-bit / 64-bit; Linux; Mac OS X

Additional Features

Performance Optimization

TRIM (requires OS support), dynamic and static wear-leveling, background garbage collection, Indilinx nDurance 2.0 Technology to extend SSD lifespan

Other Performance Features

Ndurance 2.0 Technology (Reduced Write Amplification without Compression, Advanced Multi-Level ECC, Adaptive NAND Flash Management)

Service & Support

3-Year Warranty, Toll-Free Tech Support, 24 Hour Forum Support


 

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