This is a question asked by many, including myself before my recent purchase of a OCZ Agility 3 60 GB SSD. I am here to help, and now I am ready to tell you my personal opinion on these very expensive drives.
With a price pr. unit way above 100% of a regular hard drive, many people tend to avoid buying a solid state drive (SSD). Who would want 60 GB of space, when you can have 1 TB for a similar price? That was my first thought before buying a SSD, I could have a small amount of gigabytes but in exchange a major increase in loading/writing speed. Or I could choose 1 TB of storage space, and suffer a decrease in speed.
Before buying a SSD, I had never actually tried a system running from a SSD. The only thing I could rely on was the numbers from benchmark tests, but it’s impossible to make opinions before actually trying it out.
Installing windows.. again!
It took my computer around 10-15 minutes re-installing windows unto the SSD, and man was it worth the wait. What i instantly noticed was the following things:
- Instantly ready (No popup and Icon refreshing wait)
- Very fast navigation, almost instant.
- Moving files around in a matter of seconds.
- Minimizing almost instantly. (Also includes heavy applications like games and photoshop).
60, 120, 240 GB storage – just not enough
I found 60 GB to easily be filled out, although picking very few applications to be installed on it. Didn’t matter a lot to me, as I have a 1 TB HDD alongside for storage (and I recommend you getting one too!). The 60, 120 and 240 GB SSD storage space is just not enough in a regular desktop computer nowadays – it’s your choice, but it is certainly not enough for me – and Felix who did the review of this SSD, actually told me before buying that he found 60 GB to be very little space. So be careful thinking “I can live with it”.
I found this SSD upgrade to be most satisfying, it gave me a huge boost in navigation speed which is great because it really makes the computer feel much better, than it actually is looking at the hardware inside (If you can say it like that?). Anyway, I really think it was worth spending the price of a 1 TB HDD, buying a super fast 60 GB SSD. But I would not buy more than 120 GB SSD, mainly because I think they’re still too expensive if we look at price pr. unit. So yes, it is worth buying SSD in my opinion.
All in all, if you want a SSD then buy a 60 or 120 GB SSD which contains your OS and most important programs. And alongside 1 or more HDDs for storage space.
If you want to replace your laptop HDD with a SSD:
If above is the case, then I would either take a look at replacing your optical drive with a SSD. If that is not of your interest, I recommend buying 240 GB SSD and not a GB more. Everything above 240 GB is just a waste of money, in my opinion.
Remember to check out our review of OCZ Agility 3 SSD: http://www.geekfp.com/ocz-agility-series-60gb-ssd/
Last off: RAIDING SOLID STATE DRIVES!
Now I’ve been telling you a lot about how awesome the speed increase of a SSD is, how about taking it to the next level by raiding not just 2 but 24 solid state drives!
Well, today I’m going to look at the OCZ Agility series 60GB SSD.
In the box:
In the box as you can see there’s a manual and the SSD.
Info and benchmark test:
The SSD is a sata 2 drive controlled by a Indilinx controller and is rated to Read 230MB and Write up to 135MB.
This SSD is a relativly Cheap SSD, and is perfect for people who want to have: Fast Boot times And and the gamer who only care about loading speed and FPS in game
I’ve been benchmarking the SSD, and here are my results:
- Available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB capacities
- 64MB Onboard Cache
- TRIM Support
- Read: Up to 230 MB/s
- Write: Up to 135 MB/s
- Sustained Write: Up to 80 MB/s
I’m very very glad with the ssd, because it gives good benchmarks, and is stable. The fact that it supports TRIM, Makes it a very good budget SSD and i could’nt have been happier with my choice.