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OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SATA 3 SSD Review – Conclusions

CONCLUSIONS

Our opening line in this article was a definition of Goliath as being of colossal power or achievement and, as fitting as it is for this drive with respect to power, the exact same thing can be said of SandForce, a company that wasn’t even known two years ago.

To both OCZ and SandForce, this release of the client SSD with the SF-2281 processor should have been ‘Codename Goliath’ because not a more fitting name could be found.

We expected good things of the Vertex 3 but the thoughts of what can be in such a short time are running around our head.  An updated RevoDrive at 1500MB/s?

An mPCIe that can be popped into a SATA 3 laptop capable of parallel 500MB/s performance?  New laptops on the horizon with same?

OCZ has come out of the gate swinging with the Vertex 3 SATA 3 SSD and watch out because we hit it with every test we had and it sailed through with flying colors.  It is a strong SSD with a fierce controller and firmware that can be relied upon.  Congrats OCZ…deserving of our coveted Editors Choice Award!!!

PG1 – INTRODUCTION & SPECIFICATIONS

PG2 – BENCH CONFIGURATION AND TESTING PROTOCOL

PG3 – INITIAL BENCHMARKS

PG4 – CRYSTAL DISKMARK, AS SSD, HDTACH & WIN7 EXPERIENCE INDEX

PG5 – HDTUNE BENCHMARK TESTING

PG6 – PCMARK VANTAGE COMPARISON TESTING

PG7 – CONCLUSIONS

DISCUSS THE REVIEW HERE!

  • I’am with you. I process photos and video so have highly compressed data. I await the updated Revodrive with the computer case opened and the pci express slot saying “put me here”.

  • Greg

    Hi. I have an X61s laptop (SATA 1 – possibly SATA 2 with bios upgrade). My question is… what is the best SSD (120GB ish) to get? Is the vertex 3 the one to get, because the 4K performance is so good?

    SITE RESPONSE: Yes, the 4 k will be just as good in a SATA II system.

  • Greg

    Thanks for the quick reply. What about in a SATA I system? Do you think the vertex 3 will outperform (by a reasonable amount) any other SSD (like c300, x25m, vertex 2)… as I read that the V3 did not perform as well on SATA II… hence me wondering about SATA I too. Cheers, Greg

  • Matiasobera

    I have an HP Pavilion tx2500 I’m pretty sure it has SATA1. Will the Vertex 3 work on it? I plan to do it and then when I update my laptop I’ll change the SSD to the new laptop.

    • It will most likely work on it, however, I might check around for any bios concerns depending on the release of the laptop. SATA 1 will only bottleneck performance in data transfer and you will still see the visible increase in startup and typical system use.

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