OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Max IOPS Review – PCMark Vantage


The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications

If you are new to testing and considering benchmark software, this is the best you can get because the program goes well beyond the results of simulated testing as we have already done. In comparing SATA 2.0 SSDs, we have reached the bandwidth limit and the performance of most new SATA 2 SSDs is as high as it can get with typical high sequential access speeds in the area of 270MB/s read and 270MB/s write.

We needed a way to differentiate these drives and to find a method that can actually put one drive above another and this is exactly what Vantage testing does. Its tests combined can provide an accurate comparison between drives and its tests individually can assist a smart shopper in finding the best SSD for their needs.

Although we have yet to reach SATA 3 bandwidth max, there will be a number of manufacturers introducing SATA 3 drives in the next few months. Next to actual ‘true to life’ testing which can take an insurmountable length of time, PCMark Vantage is the only program that can compare any SSD, side by side, regardless of SATA interface or controller in use.


The big question we have is how the V3 Max IOPS will fare, head to head against the Vertex 3 for transfer speeds in the 8 Vantage tests:

As you can see, these drives are neck in neck in access speed testing and, in fact, their total Vantage Point Scores were 70639 for the V3 MaxIOPS and 70624 for the Vertex 3.  How much closer can we get than that?


Pg1 – Introduction

Pg2 – Interior Components & Test Protocol

Pg3 – Initial Testing

Pg4 – AS SSD Performance

Pg5 – HDTune Benchmarks

Pg6 – PCMark Vantage Comparisons

Pg7 – Conclusions


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