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OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Review

Well, it’s on now – SandForce has announced their new client SSD processor and OCZ is the first to jump – with their new Vertex 3 SSD. While the SF-2281 is the centerpiece, delivering quoted sequential speeds of up to 550MB/s read and 525MB/s writes, the updated SATA 6Gb/s interface deserves credit too. By comparison to the Vertex 2, those top line read and write speeds are about 90% faster with the Vertex 3. The spec sheet makes it sound fast, but is it the fastest SSD to be seen by our test bench?

To be fair, there are a few caveats with the Vertex 3 and it’s best to lay those out up front. While the SSD is backwards compatible, the Vertex 3 really wants to be run in a Sandy Bridge (P67) 6Gb/s native SATA interface to achieve maximum performance. We have not yet updated our testbed to include a Sandy Bridge platform, so our tests are run through a LSI MegaRAID 9260 card to best recreate the desired environment. We should also note that our review drive is a late generation beta, but beta nonetheless. We will update the review as OCZ issues firmware updates.

Beta firmware or not though, the Vertex 3 is a scorcher. We’ll get into the details later in the review, but our numbers show it as clearly the fastest SATA SSD to hit our bench. While that shouldn’t be entirely surprising, it’s not just faster like, “Woo, it edged out the prior generation SF-1200 SSDs, yeah!” It’s faster like, “Holy @&#% that’s fast,” boasting 69% faster results in some of our real-world tests.

Perhaps this is all the more impressive too because OCZ is using 25nm MLC NAND. While the initial implementations of 25nm in the Vertex 2 were not good (the jury is out still on the re-done Vertex 2), there’s no performance hiccup with the Vertex 3. Any drive reliability concerns should also be assuaged with TBW numbers ranging from very high to just insane. The Vertex 3 also carries a 3-year warranty and MTBF of 2 million hours.

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Specifications:

  • SandForce SF-2281 processor
  • Formatted Capacity: 223.5GB
  • SATA 6Gb/s interface
  • 25nm NAND
  • Max read – 550 MB/s
  • Max write – 525 MB/s
  • 4KB random write – up to 60,000 IOPS
  • 120GB and 240GB capacities
  • Enhanced BCH ECC capability
  • Supports SATA-7 Security Erase
  • TBW – 232TB up to 1.44 PB depending on workload
  • MTBF – 2 million hours
  • 3 year warranty
  • 2.5″ form factor

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