OCZ Vertex 3 SandForce SF-2000 Based SSD Preview - HotHardware

OCZ Vertex 3 SandForce SF-2000 Based SSD Preview

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Our Test MethodologiesUnder each test condition, the Solid State Drives tested here were installed as secondary volumes in our testbed, with a standard spinning hard disk for the OS and benchmark installations.  The SSDs were left blank without partitions wherever possible, unless a test required them to be partitioned and formatted, as was the case with our ATTO, Vantage, and CrystalDiskMark benchmark tests. Windows firewall, automatic updates and screen savers were all disabled before testing. In all test runs, we rebooted the system and waited several minutes for drive activity to settle before invoking a test.

HotHardware Test System
Intel Core i7 and SSD Powered

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Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7-2600K

Asus P8P67 Deluxe
(P67 Chipset)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285

4GB Patriot DDR3-1600

Integrated on board

WD Raptor 150GB (OS Drive)
OCZ Vertex 3 (240GB)
OCZ Vertex 3 Pro (200GB)
OCZ Vertex 2 (120GB)
Corsair Performance 3 Series (128GB)
Intel X25-M G2 (160GB)

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Video Drivers

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Intel, iRST
DirectX 11

NVIDIA GeForce 266.58

Benchmarks Used:
IOMeter 1.1.0 RC
HD Tach v3
ATTO v2.46
CrystalDiskMark v3.01 x64
PCMark Vantage
SiSoftware Sandra 2011

 I/O Subsystem Measurement Tool

As we've noted in previous SSD articles, though IOMeter is clearly a well-respected industry standard drive benchmark, we're not completely comfortable with it for testing SSDs. The fact of the matter is, though our actual results with IOMeter appear to scale properly, it is debatable whether or not certain access patterns, as they are presented to and measured on an SSD, actually provide a valid example of real-world performance for the average end user. That said, we do think IOMeter is a gauge for relative available bandwidth with a given storage solution. In addition there are certain higher-end workloads you can place on a drive with IOMeter, that you really can't with most other benchmark tools available currently.

In the following tables, we're showing two sets of access patterns; our Workstation pattern, with an 8K transfer size, 80% reads (20% writes) and 80% random (20% sequential) access and IOMeter's default access pattern of 2K transfers, 67% reads (34% writes) and 100% random access.


Somewhat surprisingly, the OCZ Vertex 3 put up the best scores we have seen in IOMeter, when using these two particular access patterns. We had expected the enterprise-class Vertex 3 Pro to hold onto a lead here, but with these access patterns and the standard Vertex 3's potential write speed advantage, it put up the best scores.


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Nice!! cant wait to see some real-time benchmarks. I really want to know the difference between vertex 2 and this. Also, the difference between the vertex 3 and the pro. and whether its worth the extra "dough"

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This is a great review! OCZ is definatly rocking the boat with this drive! Its a monster and anyone would be thrilled to have this in their Rig! I,ll be watchin OCZ for their availabilty on the Vertex 2 and 3 maybe I could own one of these one days! Really like the review very impressive benchmarks!

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@Coolice, all of the benchmarks with the drives you mention are in the article.

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Nah, i forgot to comment after.... I wrote that i think within minutes of the article coming up... then read it, then forgot to post what i thought about it haha... i look like a fool!

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Wow; for what you get the price on these seems pretty justifiable, it beats everything across the board minus the pro version. It only loses to the pro in very minimal amounts, and even beat's it in some although that plus seems to be a almost pointless because it is so minor.

I think drives like this are what will really bring these drives to a much better price point. As far as it goes no one can compete with it at current standings on performance, plus the amount it cost's is almost relative compared to the cost's of other drives it seems.

Think about it this way if you could get a CPU that gave you a 30% advantage across the board for within the same price of your current CPU would you upgrade?

I know I would! Either way the largest bottle neck across computer systems in many ways for the past several years has been the hard drive, and that components performance. Plus these run cooler, use less energy, and from my personal experience of just over a year now very reliable (not to mention compared my SSD is a POC compared (actually it doesn't really compare above much now except for a mechanical HD).


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LOL coolice, you should start reading the articles and not just the announcement post...

All these SSDs are making me cry. i need some money to get myself one! Nice review and specs!

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haha, My mistake, I honestly go through the articles, its just that, for my next built, i've set aside $200 so far for an SSD and as soon as this article was posted, i was drooling and day dreaming about owning this! haha, i am going to thumbs down myself for the first comment lol!

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This is a great product indeed, its basically almost the same as the Pro version but without the added secuirity and MTBF, plus you get 224GB of formatted space versus 186GB on the Pro Version.

If I had the money I would buy the Pro version thou, but any of them would be nice.


*Achieved on Intel Sandy Bridge platform which is recommended to show full potential of the drive*

*If you've got a system with native SATA III support though, the Vertex 3 is one heck of a performer*

I don't have a Sb mobo, and I know OCZ specifically wanted SB to be the test bed for these two SSD's. But I want to know how does it perform with in a X58 platform(which does not natively support SATA III and is using a third party controller) or the AMD platform using, off course, the SATA III ports. How much less performance will we get........ Also, The Pro version is specifically targeted @ the "enterprise market", but SB isn't targeted at them , Xeons are, so this is another reason why I want to see the performance levels on other chip-sets.

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@Sammy - I have a set of numbers with the V3 tested on a SATA II connection in the article. It wasn't 100% perfect, but the numbers that are here (with the exception of the smaller files sizes in ATTO) should be representative). It's basically only a little faster than a Vertex 2, due to limiations of the older SATA interface.

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Yes , I'm well aware, but I'm referring to see,  test results on a X58 motherboard using the Sata 3/6Gbps port, not SATA II !!

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