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    OCZ's Agility is the latest in their solid state drive product lineup, and with it featuring the Indilinx 'Barefoot' controller we have no doubt it'll likely be fast. But the Agility is considerably less expensive than its competitors by using some cheaper memory chips. How significantly will this affect its performance? How does it stack up against other SSDs? Is it worth the money? These are questions consumers want to know, and so do we. Today we'll put the OCZ Agility against its competitors, as well as its sibling the renowned OCZ Vertex, in order to definitively answer those questions.



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    Another great review. Sky having done so many SSDs reviews what is it like in terms of real world performance?

    Have you tried loading one of those SSDs with an OS and boot from it? can you really see the difference in terms of boot timing over traditional HDD drives?

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    Thanks!

    Yes, I've struggled with this because "real world" performance is so variable, and to try to cover even a smattering of what people might do would be impossible, plus a ton of extra pages/tests/writing. It's nice to see how fast the OS starts up, for example, but that's just a fraction of the difference. Besides (and I'm being tongue-in-cheek here) who buys an SSD for faster boot times?

    I think the real difference is when just using the SSD for daily things. I think most people do a variety of things......run a browser, email, maybe MP3's, Word or Excel......at the same time. Then maybe load up a game, that sort of thing. And this is where the SSDs really make a difference, in trying to just "do stuff". Things like that I don't think are easily or entirely quantifiable, which comes back to my original difficulty with "real world" testing.

    Using an SSD makes a difference, they are super fast. How much difference? Depends what someone does on their computer. I think things are getting to the point where people won't ask "how much difference does it make?" but rather "what size can I afford?". We're not quite there yet, but we're getting close.

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    Thanks Sky, looks like there should still be some life left in traditional drives if real world performance only shows minimal performance for day to day applications

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    Hi Bully, I there's was a post in our forums with a test for seeing how fast your machine boots. My friend Chris, that has that Xeon at 4.5GHz is also running two Intel 80GB X-25 SSDs in Raid.

    I think his test results were on that page, they were something like 40 secs from power on to desktop . I believe this was only 5-8 seconds faster that someone there that had a VelociRaptor .

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    Actually Bully, the drive is exceptionally fast, and load times, program installs, and file transfers are very, very fast. So it's by no means slow, there is a big difference. My point though was that it's difficult to measure those. I suppose technically I could sit with a stopwatch and time how long it takes to install World at War or something, but it's very hard to quantify the result that a system is just "much faster" with a top SSD installed.

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    Six months on and this ssd was available from newegg for $129 after rebate (sorry guys , by the time I saw it they were gone) It does though show that a good OS drive is becoming affordable if you search for the deals.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...20227461&nm_mc
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    Quote Originally Posted by bullydog View Post
    Another great review. Sky having done so many SSDs reviews what is it like in terms of real world performance?

    Have you tried loading one of those SSDs with an OS and boot from it? can you really see the difference in terms of boot timing over traditional HDD drives?
    My VelociRaptor reboots in;



    This windows 7 app lets you see boot time. http://www.sevenforums.com/attachmen...start-time.zip

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