OCZ Vertex 3 SandForce SF-2000 Based SSD Preview

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Performance Summary: The OCZ Vertex 3's performance was impressive throughout our testing. With the exception of just a few tests where the more expensive, enterprise-class Vertex 3 Pro pulled ahead, the standard Vertex 3 was the fastest SSD we've tested. Read performance was consistently at the top of the charts and write performance was equally as good.

OCZ plans to initially introduce two solid state drives in the Vertex 3 line, a 120GB version and a 240GB version. The 120GB version is set to arrive with a $249 MSRP and the 240GB with a $499 MSRP. Looking at current pricing for the Vertex 2 (which has fluctuated significantly in recent weeks), it seems the Vertex 3 will carry a roughly 20% to 25% price premium when it arrives in a few weeks. Considering how strong the Vertex 3's performance was throughout testing and that it's likely to get better as OCZ has more time to work with and tweak the firmware on the drive, we can't help but be excited for this product, despite the price premium it will command.

If you've been waiting to make the move to a solid state drive, the arrival of the Vertex 3 (and a handful of other next-gen SATA III drives) is going to shake things up a bit.  Pricing on many of the current generation offerings is sure to fall somewhat, which we're will make the proposition more attractive to many users. And if you've got a system that doesn't have SATA III ports, by all means, consider the upgrade. If you've got a system with native SATA III support though, the Vertex 3 is one heck of a performer and will be worth the additional investment, as the numbers have shown.

  • Excellent Performance
  • Competitive Pricing
  • SATA III Interface
  • Will Command a Price Premium (at least at first)

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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).

NICE!!!

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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.

Now...

*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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