OCZ Vertex 3 Pro SandForce SF-2000 Based SSD Preview

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Performance Summary and Conclusion

Performance Summary: Even in this early beta stage, OCZ made summarizing the Vertex 3 Pro’s performance nice and easy. In every meaningful test we ran, the upcoming OCZ Vertex 3 Pro was the fastest, standalone 2.5” SATA SSD we have tested to date. The drive consistently performed at the top of the charts, in every benchmark, and even exceeded its expected specifications on some workloads (i.e. large block sizes in ATTO). It may not be ready for retail just yet, but even now, the Vertex 3 Pro’s performance is unrivaled.

OCZ expects to have the Vertex 3 series of Solid State Drives on store shelves sometime next month, beginning with the enterprise-class Pro version we looked at here and following up later with the more affordable standard edition, targeted at the consumer space. At a capacity of 100GB, OCZ expects to sell the Vertex 3 Pro for around $525, the 200GB drive for $775, and a 400GB model for $1350. Pricey, yes, but with a super-cap and the kind of performance these drives offer, the prices are justifiable in the enterprise-space. No word yet on pricing for the “non-Pro” variants, but OCZ did mention they will be priced “significantly lower.”

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OCZ’s SSD line-up has historically been very strong. And with SandForce’s latest technology under the hood moving forward, the company’s future line-up should continue the trend.  We’ve got the bulk of the line-up outlined above. Considering we’ve tested a beta drive that’s not quite polished yet, we can’t help but be impressed by what OCZ has coming down the pipeline. The Vertex 3 Pro was a top-notch performer throughout testing and we can’t wait to see what the consumer-class version brings to the table.

  • Killer Performance
  • SATA 6G, with SATA 6G Speeds
  • Next-Gen SandForce Tech
  • Expensive

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