Mainstream SSD Shootout: Crucial v4 vs. OCZ Agility 4 256GB

By Julio Franco ยท 35 replies
Aug 28, 2012
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  1. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,715   +3,693

    I never thought of weak performance as being a pro. LOL

    Editor note: Fixed :).
  2. One of the graphs (AS SSD Benchmark Access Time) is nearly useless because of the huge difference between the best and worst score. It would have been better to present it with a logarithmic scale, cut of the Hitachi at the double of the second worst, or delete it altogether.
  3. ajua

    ajua TS Rookie

    You didn't include results for the SanDisk Extreme SSD 240GB which has great speeds and is selling in between $165-$180 as I write this.
  4. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    Sorry I don't see how this is nearly useless at all, you just need to be able to read as the figures are all there. I do not see why we would remove some drives in some tests rather than just include all drives in all tests.

    The SanDisk Extreme SSD 240GB is just another SandForce SF-2281 drive and we already included the Intel SSD 510 Series and Kingston HyperX. Also we base most of our prices off what can be found at and right now the SanDisk Extreme SSD 240GB is retailing for $215.
  5. Long story short...the Crucial drive is an Edsel according to the review. Then again the Agility was also surprisingly low in performance compared to the Vertex 4, also from OCZ. Considering that the prices are similar I would have expected somewhat similar performance within the same brand. If I do pick something up soon for an upgrade it won't end up being either of these it appears.
  6. There is almost every week a sale in the Agility 4 256GB. Last week newegg had it on sale for $159.90 after a $20 mail in rebate.
  7. With OCZ 256GB Vertex 4 at $200, I'm not sure why I would even look at the other two.
  8. Jim$ter

    Jim$ter TS Booster Posts: 158   +32

    OCZ has never been reliable for me..I've had Vertex 1 and 2....we then got a crucial and it seems very reliable and just as fast in real world use.. Will never use an OCZ due to it's unreliability. Look on newegg and amazon at the reviews and the slightly better performance is not worth the $$ or hassle. OCZ Is the worse in my book.
  9. Regardless of performance, I'll never use an OCZ drive again.. three (OCZ) drive failures over the span of a few weeks left a pretty bad taste in my mouth.
  10. Seventh Reign

    Seventh Reign TS Booster Posts: 131   +65

    8 out of every 10 OCZ SSD will fail within 2 months. The other 2 will last 65 days.
  11. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    The v4 just suffers because of its 3gb/s interface. it is made for budget buyers who want an ssd for the hdd price
  12. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    The Samsung 830 has Samsung's own custom controller for that price at the same capacity. Go figure.
  13. I wonder if they were using the latest firmware on the Agility 4 SSD. OCZ has been going a really good job releasing new firmwares that squeeze out more performance on the drives.

    Beyond the comparison of these two, this is reassuring that the Vertex 4 is the SSD to get, atm.
  14. I love my Agility 3 drives and I don't care what bad things people say about OCZ. Their customer service, RAM and SSDs have been top notch for me so far.

    Glad to see the prices dropping, wonder why they are dropping though... with HDDs becoming more expensive due to floods and SSDs becoming popular, the demand growth should be faster than the supply growth. What am I missing?
  15. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    No its nearly the same price as its big brother (the M4) and the performance is shedloads lower. It doesn't max out Sata 3GB so you can't say thats why it suffers. It suffers because its made of cheap parts that don't add up to a good value product. Strange move from Crucial.
  16. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,715   +3,693

    I'm glad to see not everyones statement holds true. How can anyone make a statement saying OCZ drives have a 100% failure rate?
  17. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    My Agility 2 has been an excellent SSD.
    Has the gaming, multi-tasking and OS boot time speed of a Vertex 2, with no problems and great support from OCZ.
    Been 14 months, not a single issue.
    Anyone complaining about thier reliability are usually people with no leg to stand on or any evidence to support thier claim and choose to ***** because thier upset thier more expensive SSD is getting smoked; and they paid more per GB. Most sandforce issues were PEBKAC.
  18. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    so you're saying all the 1000+ reviews out there on amazon and newegg are all people who have no leg to stand on and don't know what they're doing and like to bag on OCZ for producing a great product? I am sorry, I see where you're coming from, but this just doesn't make sense. in cases where you have some people complaining about a product and its failure rate that bring down the overall rating of a product, which I can understand. but when you have an overall majority of people having the same issue of failure and complaining about the product, which defines the overall low rating of a product, that's a different story. if I see I product on Newegg or Amazon that has 4 stars, while some bag about its shortcomings, I can easily overlook the few bad review and knowing that the overall majority of the product "should" be good. but when I see a 2 star overall rating on a product where majority of the customers complain about the same issue, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that the majority of the product has a problems.

    I think you're one of the few who happen to have a perfect product that actually works the way it should, and you lucked out on that. but that doesn't mean the majority out there are WRONG.
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,715   +3,693

    Which would also bring into question how many consumers haven't reported whether being positive or negative. For personal reasons(I'm not the card bearer), I've not been able to rate the products I have received. I'm willing to bet that people with negative experiences are more likely to report back.
  20. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    it's true, and it's a well known fact that people tend to report negative reviews more often, and are less likely to report positive ones. but on an overall scale of picture. you're looking at a overall rating/review of two products, one with thousands of negative reviews and one with thousands. it just reinforces the positive conviction of the positive reviews. the product must be really great for someone to put up a positive review, and we're not talking tens of hundreds, we're talking thousands. I personally do not own either, but I do know that OCZ SSD drives are well known in the community as the least, if not one of the least reliable brands based on feedbacks from others.
  21. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,040   +678

    Nice to see the Kingston HyperX 3K consistently at the top of the charts!

    Question: Am I topping out at 177MB/s in writes running Crystal Disk Mark because my HyperX 3K is only 120GB?

    You're missing the truth. HDD prices are basically back to pre-flood levels already. When I got my 1TB WD Green before the flooding it was $64cdn, and now it's $69, and the 1TB WD Blue only $79.
  22. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 613   +175

    I've had mine for 9 months. No failures.
  23. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 613   +175

    But it isn't significantly cheaper and certainly isn't hdd price.
  24. Zecias

    Zecias TS Booster Posts: 202

    The third gen OCZ SSDs have a reputation of frequent failures. But I've heard that the 4th gen is much better because they use everest controllers rather than the buggy firmware of the sandforce controllers.

    They are significantly cheaper than they were last year. Last year the prices averaged more than $2 per GB and you were able to get $1 per GB with sales and rebates. Now the averaged ~$1.70 per GB and I've seen some SSDs for less than $0.5 per GB with a rebate.

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