Reviews and Problems with OCZ Vertex 3 Series (VTX3-35SAT3/VTX3-25SAT3)
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Blue Dragon, Overclock
2 weeks ago
Excerpt: I haven't had any issues with this drive. I've had this drive for over a year and it has been nothing but great for me. I've had no problems with the controller or anything really. In passmark performance drive tests this drive beat my Vertex 4 drive by only a small margin, but still beat it. wish I had gotten two of these when they were available.
Excerpt: Drive worked great was very fast and reliable for about 2 months. Then it out of the blue stated failing causing blue screens slow load times then eventual complete failure. When it fully failed the BIOS did not see it any more so I could not recover data. The RMA the I received was about the same thing worked fine for a bit then failure. I may have had bad luck on the draw but you may find the same issues just save your money for something a bit newer.
Excerpt: This truly transformed my early dual core thinkpad x61 ... NOTE I needed to use a BIOS mod to remove the original SATA 1 cap that IBM had included to accommodate the slow CD drive...understandable, as this came out early in the SATA era, so there were few if any SATA II drives then. Since the MB chipset is only SATA II, the newer SATA III (6Gbps) drives would not be much faster, and I am happy with this one.
Pros: Definitely fast. Boot times, when optimized, are no more than 15 seconds from power button to opening Internet Explorer. Great boot drive for SATA 3, On the lower end of $/GB as well. Sandforce gets a bad reputation for stability, but if the firmware is updated prior to installing Windows on it, it's rock solid.
Cons: Even with TRIM, the performance drops from a startup 500+MB/s to closer to 400. After installing Windows, seeing Reads at 400 and Writes at 2-300 will be commonplace. Really difficult firmware updates as well, especially if Windows is already installed. You can't update the firmware if the drive is already booting with Windows!
Pros: Read "Breezier"'s 1st review... initially gave it 5 stars.
Cons: Seems to be an issue between the drive and Intel rapid storage technology, or with firmware 2.15 itself. Experienced boot problems, computer hanged at Starting Windows screen and wouldn't boot 2 out of 3 times. Had to boot their linux beta utility and re-force firmware update. I did apply the "link speed" fix too, dunno which one solved the problem.
Pros: Great drive for the OS only. I installed the drive, installed windows 7 and ran all updates. Windows experience gave me a 7.7 on the drive and Im only connected with Sata II. So im only getting a part of its potential. Drive sits at 24.2 Gigs full. Little less than half. Like I said, perfect for a boot drive but don't plan on instlling a bunch of software onto it. If Im lucky I will squeeze a game or two onto it. So far no problems at all. No BSOD, no crashes, no prob...
Pros: Booting to windows is insanely fast compared to traditional HDD's. So far very solid, fast and a great performer. I wish i had 2 running them in raid 0. I installed it really fast once i figured out how to format using the OCZ software. I updated to F13 as soon as I had the drive up and running.