Reviews and Problems with OCZ Vertex 3 Series (VTX3-35SAT3/VTX3-25SAT3)
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OCZ Vertex 3.20 240GB SSD Review (3)
11 February 2014
Conclusion: As a system drive with the operating system and applications running from the OCZ Vertex 3.20, this SSD is pretty hard to fault. Its excellent reading performance ensures that applications launch very quickly, and writing performance is outstanding when writing data that is compressible.
Pros: Silky smooth operation as a system drive., Excellent sequential reading and writing performance, even at very low queue depths., Outstanding 4K random reading performance at low queue depths., Outstanding 4K random writing performance at low and high queue depths., SATA 6Gbps support., TRIM support under Windows 7 and Windows 8., Fast access times., Completely silent operation., Fast operating system start-up and shutdown times., Competitively priced
Cons: Sequential writing speed slows down when faced with having to write incompressible data.
Conclusion: When we took a look at the original Vertex 3 a couple of years back, it set the bar quite high for all competing products that followed and OCZ then continued this through with the Vertex 4, then most recently with the Vector which has pushed the bar right up setting a whole new standard in SSD expectations.
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.
Summary: By releasing the Vertex 3.20 series OCZ did a clever thing as it took the best of both worlds, performance versus price. The firmware of that controller has been refined very much and armed with 20nm NAND flash memory they can keep the prices to an all-time low. Overall the SSD is an excellent product to have.
This SSD shines at many factors and on many levels, IOPS performance is very good. This SSD writes and reads serious amounts of tiny files in a very fast fashion.
Excerpt: It doesn’t seem like it but just over 2 years ago OCZ released their second generation of SSDs based on Sandforce technology. The Vertex 3 was class leading and since then OCZ have expanded the product family with models such as the Max IOPS or Agility 3 which varied the components.
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!