- by David_W @Jun 10, 2011
2.5" Solid State Drives / SATA III / MLC / Performance Series / 120GB-480GB
OCZ Vertex 3 Solid State Drives unleash the performance potential of the SATA 6Gbps interface, leading the speed revolution in this next-generation solution. As the first SSD to feature the latest Sandforce controller design, OCZ designed the Vertex 3 to push the limits in both sequential and random read/write rates to blaze past the competition when every MB/s matters. With incredible 4k file writes up to 60,000 IOPS, these latest drives take productivity, gaming, and multimedia applications to the next level to work in perfect symmetry with the latest enthusiast platforms.
Built with the quality, reliability, and durability that lives up to the OCZ name, the Vertex 3 Series easily integrates into today’s mobile and desktop platforms and features TRIM support to optimize performance over the drive’s lifespan as the ultimate Windows 7 companion. Vertex 3 SSDs are available in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities and come backed by a 3-Year Warranty.
Important SSD notes:
Solid State Drives DO NOT require defragmentation. It may decrease the lifespan of the drive.
Consumers may see a discrepancy between reported capacity and actual capacity; the storage industry standard is to display capacity in decimal. However, the operating system usually calculates capacity in binary format, causing traditional HDD and SSD to show a lower capacity in Windows. In the case of SSDs, some of the capacity is reserved for formatting and redundancy for wear leveling.
Rated speeds may vary slightly depending on the benchmark used, drivers, windows version, bios version and file size. We recommend using ATTO, IOMeter, and PC Mark Vantage for benchmarking SSDs and to achieve maximum rated specifications. Maximum performance is achieved by using the P67 chipset with Native SATA 6Gbps.
MLC NAND Flash
Interface: SATA 6Gbps / Backwards Compatible 3Gbps
Native TRIM support
Seek Time: .1ms
Slim 2.5" Design
99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3mm
Operating Temp: 0°C ~ 55°C
Storage Temp: -45°C ~ 85°C
Low Power Consumption: 3W Active, 1.65W Idle
Shock Resistant up to 1500G
Included 3.5" Desktop adapter bracket
Compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP 32-bit/64-bit, Mac OSX
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When we previewed the 240GB Vertex 3 it looked like game over for the SandForce competitors this round. With the final hardware tested, I have to agree with our original conclusion. If you're spending $500 on a drive, the 240GB Vertex 3 is your best bet.
"Although the Vertex 3 we tested is running pre-production firmware, it's hard not to get excited about the results. This is one of the most balanced SSD performances we've seen in a while, and that's exactly the sort of thing we look for when shopping for a solid-state system drive."
launch at the end of March. At that time OCZ will not be the only manufacturer using the SandForce SF-2200 chip so expect to see many different drives based on it in the next few months. Overall ThinkComputers gives the OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Solid State Drive a 10/10 score and our Editor’s Choice Award
"We where pretty much dumbfounded when we tested the Vertex 3 PRO last week, given the specs of the 'regular' consumer edition Vertex 3 we wondered if this product would be noticeably slower and no, that's just not at all the case. In fact it even wins here and there with its RAW brute p
"OCZ is leading the way yet again, setting the bar for SSD performance in 2011. Nearly doubling the peak performance of the Vertex 2 line, the Vertex 3 takes full advantage of the SATA 6Gbps interface with its beefy SandForce SF-2281 controller and 25nm NAND."
"with a new controller, interface and top-tier NAND it's not even a fair fight. The OCZ Vertex 3 spanks the competition with up to 69% faster speeds in real-world conditions and has firmly established itself as the fastest SATA SSD we've seen."
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I had an old HDD die on me and I needed to get a new one. I managed to get one of these SSDs and everything has been amazingly faster since. Unfortunately, I am currently only running it on SATA2. Everything still loads amazingly fast. I have nothing but positive things to say about these drives.
I installed this drive in an older machine (Intel E8400 3.00Ghz). My MB only has SATA2 and this drive performs exceptionally well. I have to say installing a SSD is probably the one upgrade that will give the most gain in performance.
Bought it for $169.99, I use it for my gaming PC. The booting for windows 7 is soo fast, it takes approximately 20 seconds to achieve all the applications! Every PCs must have a Solid State Drive, Hard Drive Disk take too much time to boot.
Fast as hell, used it to replace my 1st gen Raptor, using it on SATA 1 right now. Different mounting screws then normal hard drive screws make it a pain to mount anywhere, even with the included adapter plate, have it hanging out of my case atm.
my only side effect so far is not with the drive but rather with my platform having one hdd bay (laptop), alternatively you can install a 2nd hdd into the CD bay on most laptops, its called a OBHD (optical drive hard drive). It costs usually only 20 bucks or so and is easy to install.
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