With 22 SSD reviews, this has been the busiest week I’ve come across to date and even ran out of time to get this article writen by the end of Friday (Irish Time)!  10 of these reviews are OCZ, along with a couple of Patriot Torqx 2 reviews.

The OCZ Agility 3 is probably going to be the killer SSD.  First of all, it packs the same powerful SandForce SF-2281 controller as OCZ’s flagship Vertex 3 and secondly it has a price much like competing equivalent size SSDs.  Going by the first reviews so far this week, this SSD performs very close to that of the Vertex 3, making it an excellent candidate for those looking for a top-end SSD that don’t mind sacraficing a small amount of performance for a substantially lower price off the premium Vertex 3.

The following are this week’s reviews of the OCZ Agility 3 240GB:

The Patriot Torqx 2 is a new SSD line from Patriot Memory, announced earlier this month.  While it lacks the SATA3 interface of the major brands, it uses the Phison controller claiming to deliver read and write performance of 270MB/s and 230MB/s, respectively.  With a couple of reviews of the SSD this week, it’s worth haing a look at for those who would like to stick with their existing SATA2 based motherboard and looking for an SSD without the premium associated with SATA3 SSDs.

The following are this week’s reviews of the Patriot Torqx 2 128GB:

The following are other SSD reviews published since our last reviews Friday:


  • Real World – Includes real world tests, such as boot, app launch, file copy, etc. timings.
  • Real World+ – As Real World, but extensive tests such as software installation/update timings.
  • Sim – Simulated real world tests, such as replay of read/write traces.
  • Trim – Review looks at the SSD’s TRIM performance.
  • mSATA – SSD with an mSATA interface (slot in certain Netbooks & Laptops)
  • SATA3 – SSD features an SATA 3.0 6Gbps interface.
  • USB3 – External SSD that has a USB3 interface
  • Pen – USB flash drive, but with SSD-like performance.
  • Short – Quick review, similar in size to a typical magazine review
  • Preview – A partial / quick hands-on review, full review may come later.

If you came across an SSD review over the past week not listed, please let us know!

Please check back next Friday for the next round of reviews. ;-)

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