TechSpot: Crucial v4 256GB vs. OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD

It's been a great year for prospective SSD shoppers as prices are finally becoming more practical for system builders and consumers alike. Scrolling through our reviews from last year, most of the higher capacity models were prohibitively expensive for "mainstream" enthusiasts.

By mid 2012, SSD prices fell through the floor, costing approximately half as much as last year. Granted, that's still nowhere near as economical as standard hard drives, so companies have continued to offer affordable solutions in addition to their high-end series to drive sale volumes.

Such is the case with OCZ and the Agility 4, a budget-minded counterpart to the Vertex 4 that employs cheaper NAND flash memory. In similar fashion we recently saw the arrival of the Crucial v4 series. With both the Agility 4 and Crucial's v4 priced at just under $200 for 256GB models, it seems we have the makings of a value-driven shootout...

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I'm going to be building a new computer for myself later this fall, to replace my now aging Yorkfield Intel core 2 quad Q8400, which has served me well over the years, but is showing its age (photoshop is getting slow).
I'm thinking about doing the hybrid idea. Get a 250 to 300 gig SSD for the boot, and a multi TB drive for storage. How's that working for others?

naap51stang said,
I'm going to be building a new computer for myself later this fall, to replace my now aging Yorkfield Intel core 2 quad Q8400, which has served me well over the years, but is showing its age (photoshop is getting slow).
I'm thinking about doing the hybrid idea. Get a 250 to 300 gig SSD for the boot, and a multi TB drive for storage. How's that working for others?

I have that setup and works well for me, thou with a 120GB drive. I would recommend you get the SSD before doing a major overhaul of your computer, you'll be surprised how much it alone helps.

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.

Semtex said,
Synthetic tests...

I prefer less speed from M4 then SandForce from OCZ Lost my trust to this controller

On that account you can safely buy a Vertex 4 or Agility 4, they use Indilix controller

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.

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?

capr said,
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?

Its not so much that the prices are dropping due to hardware advances, its more so that the research and development is now being borrowed by other companies and they are able to mass produce on a massive scale in cheap labor places!