OCZ Vertex 3 

Released April, 2011
  • 240 GB
  • 2.5" SATA III
  • 0 MB
6.7 Out of 10

Benchmark Results: The sequential performance was excellent, keeping pace with its bigger brother for the most part.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)
To say that the 240GB Vertex 3 is an impressive drive is to do it a disservice; it is a pretty amazing drive with performance you could only dream about even as recent as last year.
by Tech Radar (May, 2011)

SSDBoss Review Our evaluation of the OCZ Vertex 3

read performance

How quickly data is read from the drive

Vertex 3
5.8
840 Pro
6.6
Agility 3
5.7
4K Random Read, 4K Random Read Access Time and 512K Sequential Read

write performance

How quickly data is written to the drive

Vertex 3
6.8
840 Pro
7.0
Agility 3
6.7
4K Random Write, 4K Random Write Access Time and 512K Sequential Write

real world benchmarks

How well the drive performs common tasks

Vertex 3
7.7
840 Pro
8.1
Agility 3
7.6
Windows 7 Boot-up Time, Photoshop Lens Filter and AS SSD ISO Copy

Benchmarks

How well the drive performs on common benchmarks

Vertex 3
7.3
840 Pro
7.6
Agility 3
6.9
Passmark Disk Rating, PCMark Vantage, AS SSD Score and 1 more

6.7

SSDBoss Score

read performance, write performance, real world benchmarks and Benchmarks

Vertex 3
6.7
840 Pro
7.1
Agility 3
6.5

Benchmarks Real world tests of the OCZ Vertex 3

4K Random Read

Vertex 3
111.44 MB/s
840 EVO
318.8 MB/s
840 Pro
311.34 MB/s

4K Random Write

Vertex 3
102.22 MB/s
Crucial m4
8.8 MB/s
Vertex 2
18.01 MB/s

Windows 7 Boot-up Time

Vertex 3
11.1 s
840 Pro
7.8 s
SSDNow V300
8.3 s

Avg. Power Consumption

Vertex 3
2.98 Watts
Crucial m4
1.41 Watts
SSDNow V300
1.81 Watts

4K Random Read Access Time

Vertex 3
2.44 ms
Crucial m4
28.42 ms
SSDNow V300
7.51 ms

4K Random Write Access Time

Vertex 3
2.24 ms
SSDNow V300
6.46 ms
840 EVO
0.78 ms

Reviews Word on the street for the OCZ Vertex 3


8.3
The remainder of the space is dedicated to necessary additional functionality such as data protection and wear leveling.

9.2
If money is of secondary importance to you and you want a fast drive, then the OCZ Vertex 3 is a great choice.

9.0
Don't get us wrong, the Vertex 3 still has first-rate 4KB performance, making it a superb all round drive, it's just not as pronounced as the sequential read/write performance difference.

Overall

8.5 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Performance

Something we always mention is that the SandForce controllers all rely on real-time data compression to reach peak performance so any activity on incompressible data will hinder performance.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)
SandForce's SF-2000 range of controllers provide stunning sequential read/write performance and shows where the future of SSDs is heading.
by Tech Radar (May, 2011)
SandForce has tweaked the power saving features of the controller as well, with built-in power/performance balancing that will help save battery life for notebook drive SSDs using the controller.
by Tech Radar (May, 2011)

Speed

Install Results: The times vary slightly with the MP3 copy being just a little faster at 123MB/s than the jpg files at 118MB/s..
by Legit Reviews (Feb, 2011)
After all if the combination of SandForce and OCZ can produce a drive in the shape of the Vertex 3 250GB that is almost twice as fast as the previous one in only one generation of the controller, who knows where we'll end up, one things for sure, the replacement for SATA 6Gb/s needs to devolved a lot faster than previous thought.
by Tech Radar (May, 2011)
With a capacity of just 90MB it cost a staggering $8,800 per MB which limited its use to industrial, military, medical and commercial applications.
by Tech Radar (May, 2011)

Interface

The combination of the SandForce SF-2281 controller and the SATA III 6Gbps interface has really taken the SATA based SSD to a new level.
by Legit Reviews (Feb, 2011)
But in most other respects, such as the presence of the newer SandForce SF-2281 controller and the support for the 6Gbps SATA III interface, the two drives are identical, and thus both largely excellent.
by PCMag (Sep, 2011)
The other side of the PCB is configured like the first with the exception of the controller which sits on the SATA interface side of the drive.
by Legit Reviews (Feb, 2011)

Price

They also carry a commensurate price tag that is currently a little above its peers but expect prices to settle as supply catches demand.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)
This puts them in the area of $2.25 per usable gigabyte assuming retailers don't jack up the price at the outset which is actually very likely.
by Legit Reviews (Feb, 2011)
Today, we're following that up with a preview of the Vertex 3 consumer version, although as you'll see, performance is very much on par with the more expensive Pro model.
by Legit Reviews (Feb, 2011)

Capacity

So far so good, but when formatted in a Windows environment you're left with just 223.5GB of usable storage space, so that's 17GB or 8 percent of the storage space taken up by over provisioning - redundancy in the event of NAND failure, data compression, block recycling and spare area for bad block allocation.
by Tech Radar (May, 2011)
The most important product performance specs and capacity are visible on the front.
by techPowerUp!
That's is a fair old chunk of space being taken away from you.
by Tech Radar (May, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

storage

Capacity 240 GB
Cache 0 MB
Interface SATA III
Interface speed 6 Gbit/s
Controller SandForce 2200
Memory type MLC
NAND process size 25 nm
Error correction 27.5 bits/KB
Maximum shock force 1,500G

form factor

Form factor 2.5"
Mfg warranty 3 years
Thickness 7 mm
Weight 116 g

manufacturer performance

Sequential read 550 MB/s
Sequential write 520 MB/s
Random read 40,000 IOPS
Random write 60,000 IOPS
Power consumption (Idle) 1.65 Watts
Power consumption (Active) 3 Watts
MTBF 2,000,000 hours
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