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Nathan Edwards Nov 14, 2012

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB

At A Glance

OMG

Blazing-fast performance on all fronts.

EEK

Sequential-write speeds slightly behind Intel 510.

First of the next batch of SandForce drives

Some amount of wheeling and dealing got OCZ access to special firmware for its last-gen SandForce drives, enabling faster random-write performance than the competition. Despite OCZ’s recent acquisition of Indilinx, it seems there’s still a spark to OCZ’s relationship with SandForce, as the company was able to get us an SF-2200 drive before anyone else. Since the Vertex 3 is the first SF-2200–powered SSD we’ve tested, we don’t know how it compares to the rest of the SF-2200 field, but we do know it kicks the pants off of most every other SSD we’ve reviewed.

OCZ retains the solid-state crown with stellar overall performance.

The Vertex 3 uses 25nm-process NAND and, like all SandForce drives, no cache. That SF-2200 controller really cooks, setting records in most of our benchmarks and performing competitively in the rest. No single drive in our roundup matches the Vertex 3 on all fronts, though the Crucial m4 is close in random read/write performance and the Intel 510 comes close to its sequential reads and surpasses its sequential writes. OCZ continues its tradition of blazing-fast random-write performance, both at low- and high-queue depths, serving up more than 85,000 IOPS in our Iometer QD32 4KB random-write test. That’s nearly 80 percent faster than the Vertex 2, the previous SATA champion.

It’s too early to tell whether the rest of the SF-2200 lineup will be able to compete with OCZ’s Vertex 3. But for the few weeks until we get our hands on more next-gen SandForce drives, the Vertex 3 reigns supreme.

$540, www.ocztechnology.com

Benchmarks

OCZ Vertex 3
Capacity
240GB
Controller SF-2200
CrystalDiskMark
 
Sustained Read (MB/s)
485.5
Sustained Write (MB/s) 289.8
4KB Read, 32QD (MB/s) 171.2
4KB Write, 32QD (MB/s) 247.4
AS SSD
 
Seq. Read (MB/s)
506.2
Seq. Write (MB/s)
280.19
4KB Read (IOPS)
5,539
4KB Write (IOPS)
14,263
Read Access (ms)
0.157
Write Access (ms)
0.222
ATTO
 
64KB File Read (MB/s)446.5
64KB File Write (MB/s)505.3
IOMETER 
4KB Random Write85,144.43
Max Access Time (ms)61
Premiere Pro Encode Write (sec)422
PCMark Vantage x64 HDD59,978

Our current test bed is a 3.1GHz Core i3-2100 processor on an Asus P8 P67 Pro (B3 chipset) running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. All tests used onboard 6Gb/s SATA ports with latest Intel drivers, except 3Gb/s SATA tests, which used onboard 3Gb/s Intel SATA ports.

THE VERDICT

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB

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