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The OCZ Agility 2 SSD supports TRIM in Windows 7 and can be had in 50GB to 480GB capacities. The drive measures 99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3mm and weighs 77g. The OCZ Agility 2 SSD needs 2W of power when operating and only 0.5W on standby. The drive includes a 3.5" adapter bracket for desktop use.
I will be using the OCZ Agility 2 SSD inside my AMD Phenom II x6 machine connected to a SATA 3Gb/s interface. With an SSD I won’t be doing much in the way of synthetic benchmarking because I think most people want to know how the OCZ Agility 2 SSD helps in the real world. The only synthetic benchmark I ran was the Sandra 2009 Physical disks test, which showed the OCZ Agility 2 SSD to have a drive index of about 216MB/s, which is fast.
I will focus on the reasons I wanted a SSD in my desktop, which are likely to be the reason you want one in your desktop or laptop - faster application load times and boot times. I had been running this computer with a 7200rpm 1.5TB Seagate HDD as the main system disk. I nearly went crazy each day waiting for Photoshop and my other applications to load.
Sometimes it would take as long as 30 seconds for Photoshop to load up on my computer and Filezilla was almost as slow to load. Once I went to the OCZ Agility 2 SSD things were so much faster I felt like I was using a new computer. With the OCZ Agility 2 SSD, the computer boots all the way up and is ready to go in about the same amount of time it took the machine to get to the Windows loading screen before.
The difference in the amount of time it takes to load Photoshop is huge. I would sit for what felt like an eternity before waiting while Photoshop loaded and ran through all its steps to be usable. With the OCZ Agility 2 SSD installed the application loads in seconds. That is a huge gain for me and lets me get on with my work much faster than the traditional HDD I used before would.
The only downsides to using the OCZ Agility 2 SSD on my machine is that it is too small to be used for anything other than a few applications and your OS. I have to remind myself each time I install a new app or game to load it to my old 7200 rpm drive by changing the drive letter during the setup operation of the software. A few times I have forgot to do this and been greeted by a message that I was running out of space on my drive. The only thing to do in that instance was to uninstall and reinstall on a different drive on my system. You can alleviate some of this hassle by buying a larger capacity drive. I wouldn’t recommend going under the 60GB capacity SSD.
The OCZ Agility 2 SSD is a great little drive and with it being my first SSD in a desktop computer, I can say that it is a very worthwhile upgrade. The speed that I can start applications and the overall system performance from adding the SSD as my boot drive is much more noticeable than other upgrades like going from a 4-core to a 6-core CPU or adding another 2GB of RAM. If you want your machine to feel faster, the OCZ Agility 2 SSD is a fantastic upgrade.
The OCZ Agility 2 SSD is a fantastic update to your computer for your main applications and operating system. The SSD makes the machine feel much faster and improves performance while reducing the time you spend waiting to work. I highly recommend the OCZ Agility 2 SSD.
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