Installing Windows, chances are that all of us have to do it at one point or another and while it is not essential to have fantastic performance in this area, it is a good test for writing a large amount of data to the drive in a short space of time. This is especially useful due to the fact the variation in file sizes being written is huge. The time taken is recorded from the moment we begin the install, after partitioning and formatting to when the prompt appears where we choose our username.
Installing Windows 7 on the Agility 3 is a simple process, even on the latest 990FX motherboard with the latest SATA 6Gb/s controller. For our AMD based motherboard we simply ran the installer, selected the drive (formatting and partitioning to our needs) and then less than seven minutes later our operating system was ready to use.
When installing Windows the Intel drive had a few seconds advantage over the Agility 3 however for application installs, which are of course more regularly performed, the OCZ drive has the edge.