Reviews and Problems with OCZ Vertex 3 Series (VTX3-35SAT3/VTX3-25SAT3)
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OCZ Vertex 3.20 240GB Solid State Drive
14 June 2013
Conclusion: Is the OCZ Vertex 3.20 240GB really 0.20 better than the OCZ Vertex 3 240GB? Well, it really depends what your definition of "better" is. Before we even get to that, let me provide a bit of background information. The "0.20" designation at the end refers to the 20nm Intel flash ICs. With that in mind, I would like to point out we do not actually have a "Plain Jane" OCZ Vertex 3 240GB. We only have the Max IOPS variant, which is slightly faster than the vanilla version.
Excerpt: Recently OCZ has been focusing on its high-end Vector SSDs and before that the Vertex 4 models. Despite of that, not too long ago a new version of the Vertex 3 SSDs was also introducted, called the Vertex 3.20. The suffix .20 refers to the flash memory, which is Intel 20nm MLC NAND. We tested the 240 GB model of the Vertex 3 and compared it to the original version and other current SSDs.
OCZ Vertex 3.20 Solid State Drive Review: Version 2, Revised.
27 May 2013
Summary: OCZ decided to re-release their previous hit – Vertex 3 solid state drive. The new SSD revision uses the same LSI SF-2281 controller, but different flash-memory manufactured using more advanced 20 nm production technology. Have they managed to create yet another eye-catcher? Let’s find out from our new review.
Excerpt: The SSD market has seen a lot of change in recent months, both with price drops and the introduction of new and faster high-end SSDs. We put 52 current SSDs side-by-side so you can find out what's the best and what's the cheapest.
Conclusion: Let us summarise the most important positive and negative points below: The OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD has the fastest reading and writing speeds from a single SATA drive that we have ever tested here at MyCE.com. 4K random IOP performance is incredible and small file threaded performance is phenomenal.
Pros: Silky smooth operation as a system drive (during the test period)., Phenomenal reading and writing performance., Incredible 4K random I/O performance., SATA 6Gbps support., Outstanding multitasking potential., TRIM support under Windows 7., Lightning fast access times., Completely silent operation., Fast operating system start-up and shutdown times., 3 years warranty.
Cons: Slight possibility of stability issues on some Intel chipset motherboards.
Summary: On the test
bench today is a speedy little black box called the OCZ Vertex 3. If you haven't spoiled your computer yet with a Solid State Drive (SSD) yet, now's the time -- SSDs have never been more affordable!
Excerpt: Few people realize how long OCZ keeps their products on e-tails shelves for. I'm sure several of our readers would be surprised to learn that you can hop online right now and find a first generate OCZ Vertex drive. The day I wrote this article, Newegg even had a first generation Vertex on their site with a Shell Shocker deal.
Conclusion: This has definitely been the year for SandForce as a lot of companies have plumped for the inclusion of the famous controllers on their latest solid state drives. Among these companies were market leader OCZ who have been at the top of the market for quite some time now and for a company whose knowledge was led by memory based products, it seemed to give OCZ a logical step in the right direction when producing SSD’s.
Conclusion: Intel's 510 Series (Elm Crest) is also on our to-do list. This will be the next SSD we review, it's coming very soon, we promise. At least on paper it appears the Intel 510 is in direct competition with the Vertex 3 as 120GB versions of both products are currently retailing for ~$300, while the 240GB Vertex 3 is about $50 cheaper. OCZ is reportedly shipping the final Vertex 3 drives to retailers as we publish this, though most stores appear to be out of stock.
Summary: Up for review today I have something that I haven’t reviewed in a long time, an SSD drive. Yes it’s been about 2 years actually, wow time just flies doesn’t it?! So for review today I have the OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD which features the latest Sandforce controller and uses the newer SATA III connection for extremely fast read and write speeds. If you’re looking for a truly fast way to speed up your system and basically everything you do then this is it.
Pros: Extremely fast read and write speeds, Drastically decreases boot time, Simple installation