OCZ Agility 3 240GB Solid State Drive Review

Testing – HDTune Pro
HDTune Pro is one of the most popular hard drive software suites available. It has many different benchmarks and tests built into it.  Keep in mind it is a single-threaded application though.  Our first test is the read benchmark, which tests the average read speed and access time of the drive.

hdtune read

hdtune read graph

Scores are very good here you can see it is the fastest drive out of the pack, although it did not get up to the 525MB/s advertised speed.  This is most likely because of the HDTune software itself.  Now for the write benchmark.

hdtune write

hdtune write graph

Since the release of HDTune 3.5 there has been a new Random Access test added to the software. This test measures the performance of random read and write operations. Tests are taken in 512b, 4KB, 64KB, 1MB, and random file sizes. The performance of the drive is reported in operations a second (IOPS), average access time and average speed. Here are both the results from the read and write random access tests.

hdtune io read

hdtune io write

Great results here as well.  For comparison if we look at the 1MB results the Agility 2 drive would do about 257MB/s read and 180MB/s write.  Our final HDTune test is the file benchmark.

hdtune file

The tests shoots off 64MB of data in sizes ranging from 0.5KB to 8MB.  As you can see from the results the drive peak at about just under 500MB/s, not to bad at all!

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