TechSpot: OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD Review

About a year ago OCZ released the Vertex 2 solid state drive, a major follow up to their popular Vertex series. The drive hit the market to become one of the first to make use of the yet unheard of SandForce SF-1222 controller. OCZ was quick to jump on this new controller and they were happy to sample pre-production versions to get the word out quickly.

With this sudden initial success, SandForce announced the SF-2000 series in early 2011. The consumer-level performance controller in the new Vertex 3 SSDs known as the SF-2281 includes support for the SATA 6Gb/s interface, while boasting read and write speeds of 500MB/s+, a mind blowing figure when compared to the previous generation chip. The Vertex 2's SF-1222 controller was limited to SATA 3Gb/s and offered read and write speeds of less than 300MB/s.

For now it appears solid state drives will continue to get faster, but not any cheaper. OCZ has set the list price for the Vertex 3 120GB version at $249, while the 240GB version will cost $499. Compared to the current Vertex 2 models - 120GB ($229) and 240GB ($429) - it translates in a small price premium for the smaller drive while the larger model is getting hit a bit harder for a noticeable performance increase.

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The thing i don't understand is people pay over 100$ for ""gamerz"" gears like mouse, kb, crappy speakers and such with the gamerzzzz label. But when it comes to be best upgrade money can buy, a SSD for the OS, then 150$ is too much expensive.

I don't have a SSD but i have a 80GB raptor and it does make a HUGE difference so i don't even imagine what it is with a SSD. I have enough space on my raptor to install Windows 7 and important apps i use often.

I'll probably buy a SSD soon and re-install Windows 7 on it and move my game from a slow 500Gb drive to my raptor.

LaP said,
The thing i don't understand is people pay over 100$ for ""gamerz"" gears like mouse, kb, crappy speakers and such with the gamerzzzz label. But when it comes to be best upgrade money can buy, a SSD for the OS, then 150$ is too much expensive.

I don't have a SSD but i have a 80GB raptor and it does make a HUGE difference so i don't even imagine what it is with a SSD. I have enough space on my raptor to install Windows 7 and important apps i use often.

I'll probably buy a SSD soon and re-install Windows 7 on it and move my game from a slow 500Gb drive to my raptor.

It might have something to do with them not really seeing an immediate benefit. It is much faster, but I think a lot of people would just rather have a lot of space. It probably has not been stressed to them enough how much faster a system gets by moving from 7200 to 10,000 RPM or in this case, much... much faster with SSD (seek times, other stuff).

Mice and gadgets are physically viewable, while stuff inside is not. It might be why many individuals actually don't see a reason to pay for software if they don't have to. It is a different argument, but the same in a way. Software is an even less tangible asset and restricted heavily by license.

I am planning my next system build next Autumn... but unless SSD prices come down, it'll just be an enterprise seagate drive (more expensive than non-enterprise but they are supposed to be rock-solid and faster than non-enterprise disks as well) for my system drive, an enterprise drive for my special files and a green drive for my work files. Even the 10,000 RPM or even faster SCSI drives are still too expensive for the amount of data they store. (Well, 10000 RPM drives are getting better in that regard).

It seems by your post you are primarily interested in performance but subject to cost.

Who really do suggest you do some reading up, careful consideration to getting an SSD drive for your main system files and programs. Not even the fastest conventional hard drives are even close in performance terms.

I second that. I'm using a 60 GB Vertex 2 and it's incredible (OS+important applications).

Greatly improves boot, applications open instantaneously, Windows Updates install instantly during boot/reboot cycle

Still going to need traditional platter hard drives to store massive amounts of data until SSDs become cheaper.

I want to get a good 120GB in the next year, but I'm not willing to pay a lot. Then I will use my current 320GB for video files etc and the 120GB for games, programs and the OS What is the cheapest SSD with decent sort of storage but not a poorly made SSD ?

Gaffney said,
I want to get a good 120GB in the next year, but I'm not willing to pay a lot. Then I will use my current 320GB for video files etc and the 120GB for games, programs and the OS What is the cheapest SSD with decent sort of storage but not a poorly made SSD ?

Vertex 2

It's a shame that the 120GB version doesn't perform anywhere near as good at the 240GB version otherwise it'd be a killer.