OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS 

Released June, 2011
  • 240 GB
  • 2.5" SATA III
6.6 Out of 10

The performance advantage here is interleaving.
by Tech Radar (Oct, 2011)
Legit Bottom Line: The Max IOPS edition of the Vertex 3 line is the one of the fastest overall non-RAID SSD we've had our hands on although the Intel 510 Series is hot on its heels and the Intel brand has a substantial, loyal following.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)

SSDBoss Review Our evaluation of the OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS

read performance

How quickly data is read from the drive

Vertex 3 MAX IOPS
6.0
840 Pro
6.6
840 EVO
6.6
4K Random Read, 4K Random Read Access Time and 512K Sequential Read

write performance

How quickly data is written to the drive

Vertex 3 MAX IOPS
7.1
840 Pro
7.0
840 EVO
6.9
4K Random Write, 4K Random Write Access Time and 512K Sequential Write

real world benchmarks

How well the drive performs common tasks

Vertex 3 MAX IOPS
7.8
840 Pro
8.1
840 EVO
7.9
Windows 7 Boot-up Time, Photoshop Lens Filter and AS SSD ISO Copy

Benchmarks

How well the drive performs on common benchmarks

Vertex 3 MAX IOPS
6.3
840 Pro
6.7
840 EVO
6.7
PCMark Vantage and AS SSD Score

6.6

SSDBoss Score

read performance, write performance, real world benchmarks and Benchmarks

Vertex 3 MAX IOPS
6.6
840 Pro
6.9
840 EVO
6.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS

4K Random Read

Vertex 3 MAX IOPS
159.81 MB/s
840 EVO
318.8 MB/s
840 Pro
311.34 MB/s

4K Random Write

Vertex 3 MAX IOPS
144.43 MB/s
Crucial m4
8.8 MB/s
SSDNow V300
33.3 MB/s

Windows 7 Boot-up Time

Vertex 3 MAX IOPS
10.4 s
840 Pro
7.8 s
SSDNow V300
8.3 s

Avg. Power Consumption

Vertex 3 MAX IOPS
3.57 Watts
Crucial m4
1.41 Watts
Samsung 840
1.69 Watts

4K Random Read Access Time

Vertex 3 MAX IOPS
1.73 ms
Crucial m4
28.42 ms
SSDNow V300
7.51 ms

4K Random Write Access Time

Vertex 3 MAX IOPS
1.56 ms
SSDNow V300
6.46 ms
840 EVO
0.78 ms

Reviews Word on the street for the OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS


9.0
Random 4K write IOPS increase nominally from the original Vertex 3's 60K IOPS to 65K.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Performance

Benchmark Results: It's easy to see that the Vertex 3 MI drive has some significant performance advantages over the other OCZ SF-2200 drives, especially in the small 4KB files.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)
Performance tends to be relatively equal, at least within the standard deviation of the benchmarks used and it's rare for a drive to really stand out.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)
With more NAND channels to access, the controller can send more read requests per cycle, increasing IOPS (inputs/outputs per second).
by Tech Radar (Oct, 2011)

Price

This is higher than the average price but premium performance always comes at a premium price.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)
Most will probably stick with their brand of preference as long as prices remain roughly equal but if costs become disproportionate, buying preferences could shift.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)
While on the subject of price, the 120 GB version can be picked up for $309 and the 240 GB for $556.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)

Interface

The SF-2200 is the latest generation controller that supports a SATA III interface and speeds that make platter hard drives seem to be the speed of pencil and paper.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)
The only negative thing I can say at this point is that OCZ may have too many overlapping SATA III SSD offerings with a total of three sets of drives in their "high-performance" category.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)
All of this is nothing new for OCZ who are really the only ones that currently offer a reasonably affordable PCI-E SSD solution and are generally leading the way in terms of putting their neck on the chopping block by being the first to run drives out to the end consumers.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)

Capacity

The difference between the two comes down to the capacity on each NAND die leading to more chips for the 8 channel SF-2281 controller to access per cycle.
by Tech Radar (Oct, 2011)
Reads of 550MB/s are the same as the 'regular' Vertex 3 drives of the same capacity, but write specifications of 500MB/s are actually slightly below the other Vertex 3 drives; although we saw performance better than that in ATTO benchmark.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)

Speed

Specifically, its part number is TH58TAG7D2FBAS9 which indicates that it's 32nm toggle NAND which we've seen is very fast - rated at 133 megatransfers/second (MT/s) which is nearly triple that of most other NAND of the ONFI 1.0 variety.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

storage

Capacity 240 GB
Interface SATA III
Interface speed 6 Gbit/s
Controller SandForce 2200
Memory type MLC

form factor

Form factor 2.5"
Weight 77 g

manufacturer performance

MTBF 2,000,000 hours
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