Pros:FAST. FAST. FAST! Almost indestructible, silent, affordable compared to other SSDs.
Cons:Expensive vs. mechanical drives. Only 60GB. Cutting edge makes it better for tech savvy people.
The Bottom Line: I definitely recommend this for an operating system drive, if you can afford it. The difference is night and day. Don't use this for storage.
I'll start this review with a brief overview of the differences between a SSD(Solid State Disk) and a traditional Mechanical Hard Disk drive. Traditional drives have a bunch of platters that spin, and a magnetic "needle" moves back and forth, reading the drive sort of like a record player. A Solid State Drive uses flash memory, essentially the same type of memory that's used in your digital camera. This memory has ZERO moving parts, and because of this, SSDs have some advantages and disadvantages compared to mechanical drives. SSDs are CONSIDERABLY faster, and, because they have no moving parts, they are completely silent. The first generation of SSD's had some issues that have been corrected. Initially, SSDs had issues where the drive would "stutter" if multiple processes were attempting to write to the drive at once. Have no fear, because OCZ has fixed these problems with the addition of 64MB of cache ram. Additionally, the firmware on this drive is fully supported by OCZ, meaning that as the company gets all the kinks worked out with future drives, you will be able to upgrade this drive for free with the latest firmware. Anyway, enough of the technical stuff, let's start with the actual review:
Recommend this product?
I recently bought the OCZ Agility 60GB SSD(Solid State Disk) Drive in a last-ditch effort to make my 2-year old Lenovo laptop fast. I had already upgraded the RAM to 2GB from 1GB, but Vista was robbing my computer's resources anyway, and even the simplest tasks seemingly took FOREVER. When the drive was delivered, I tore open the packaging and got to work.
The drive itself is not very flashy looking, just a plain black case with a bright green sticker on it. Who cares, though, since it's inside my laptop case anyway. I re-installed Vista, and immediately started to notice the differences. Vista took about 1/2 hour to install. Previous installations took roughly 1 hour. Ridiculous. I didn't have to do anything different to install windows with the SSD
Then, I started downloading drivers for the various laptop components and started installing them.
I have never used an SSD before this, and I was astounded. The installations went nearly instantly, versus several minutes with the original 5400 rpm drive that was in the computer originally. After looking on OCZ's forums, I found a list of "tweaks" for Vista. The flash memory in SSDs has a limited lifespan. Drive Defragmenting, which is completely unnecessary on a SSD, considerably lowers the life span of the drive. As does search indexing, and windows superfetching. These three services should be disabled in windows, and the OCZ Forums have very easy to find walkthroughs to perform these steps.
After installing everything, I started tooling around with the programs I use every day. Everything started extremely fast, from Photoshop to Internet Explorer to Windows Media Player. Everything. Windows as a whole is Snappy. Windows Vista, which used to feel like trudging through mud, now feels FAST. Windows Vista seems competent now, instead of an awful wretch of an operating system. I will never again use a mechanical drive as an operating system drive, not after using this solid state drive. It's that big of a difference.
I would not recommend this for a storage drive, though, as it's only 60 gb. Mechanical drives cost considerably less for waaaay more space, so if you're interested in storage space, get a mechanical drive. For an operating system drive though, this makes all the difference in the world.
Update: After searching around on the OCZ forums a little more, and doing some more research on this drive and the Vertex(OCZ's other drive with the Indillinx controller) I learned that the drives are essentially the same. If you're shopping for a SSD, go for this or the Vertex. The Vertex is slightly better, if only because it's a more popular drive and is more supported by OCZ. OCZ sends out Vertex firmware updates faster than Agility updates. That said, don't bother spending much more $ for a Vertex than an Agility, because they're essentially the same. These drives will also work fine on a Mac. Update 2: The new firmware released for this drive by OCZ, combined with windows 7 means that TRIM is fully supported. TRIM is a feature of the newer SSD's that allows the drive to maintain full speed when the drive has been completely written. Before TRIM, after every block on the drive had been written to (even if you had erased data) the drives would slow down. Think of TRIM like an automatic defragmenter, except designed for solid state drives that won't ruin the lifespan of the drive. Now, more than ever, you shouldn't hesitate to buy this drive if you find one at a good price.