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OCZ Agility 3 240GB SSD Review

Not dissimilar from the vast majority of 2.5” SATA SSD drives, the Agility 3 is housed inside a black casing with a metallic bottom. A green/black color theme sticker with the company and series logos can be seen at the top of the drive. The body of the drive is exactly the size of any 2.5” disk.

The bottom metallic plate of the drive is titanium grey and almost entirely covered by stickers. A large sticker with basic specifications, hazard warnings and the part/serial numbers covers most of the metallic surface. One smaller sticker has the drive’s part and serial numbers printed on it. Finally, a tiny warranty covers one of the chassis screws.

Removing the metallic plate reveals the green PCB of the drive. The controller chip can be seen at the left side while the eight flash memory chips can be seen to the right.

The controller chip is the very popular Sandforce SF-2281, the same chip used in the vast majority of today’s performance SSD drives and the same controller found in the premium Vertex 3 series as well.

Although OCZ rebranded the NAND flash memory chips, we could verify that these are of asynchronous flash memory type. Synchronous memory is being used in the Vertex 3 series, therefore slower and cheaper asynchronous memory is the reasonable choice for a mainstream series.

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