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OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD

Introduction

Another day, another review, another SSD. Here we have the Vertex 3 from OCZ, with a healthy capacity of 240GB. It comes with the latest 2200 series controller from Sandforce, support for SATA III 6GBps data transfer and some very impressive read/write sustained speeds.

Let’s see how it performs with our short battery of tests.

Features and Specifications

Available in 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 240GB, 480GB Capacities
MLC NAND Flash
Interface: SATA 6Gbps / Backwards Compatible 3Gbps
Native TRIM support
Seek Time: .1ms
Slim 2.5″ Design
99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3mm
Lightweight: 77g
Operating Temp: 0°C ~ 70°C
Ambient Temp: 0°C ~ 55°C
Storage Temp: -45°C ~ 85°C
Low Power Consumption: 3W Active, 1.65W Idle
Shock Resistant up to 1500G
RAID Support
Included 3.5″ Desktop adapter bracket
Compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP 32-bit/64-bit, Mac OSX
MTBF: 2 million hours

Speed Specs

Max Read: up to 550MB/s
Max Write: up to 520MB/s
Random Write 4KB: 60,000 IOPS
Maximum 4K Random Write: 85,000 IOPS

Packaging

Like the SSD itself, this packaging is vibrantly monotone.

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Along with the drive you get some stickers that claims your SSD is faster than your buddy’s HDD, because you know, you’re bad. It’s like you own a power glove. You also get a 5.25″ to 3.5″ conversion tray, some screws and a small manual.

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Layout

The drive itself is black with some white bordering. This actually breaks the mold of the usual granite like shell that most SSDs are housed in.

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Popping off the casing we see that the controller is indeed the Sandforce SF-2281VB1-SDC controller. Thanks to Sandforce’s Duraclass technology, there is no need for a seperate buffer chip. This improves latency as well as acting as a space saving measure.

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Testing

Test Rig

CPU: Intel i3 2100T
Motherboard: GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3
RAM: Corsair XMS3 4GB 1600MHZ
GPU: Zotac GT430
Storage: Corsair F40 40GB SSD, Seagate Barracuda 1TB LP
Case: Zalman HD503

Methodology

To test this SSD I put it through several synthetic benchmarks and a real world boot test. The former benchmarks were as follows:

  • AS SSD
  • ATTO Disk Benchmark
  • Crystal Disk Mark
  • Sisoft Sandra Physical Disk Benchmark

For the real world boot test I used a stopwatch to time how long it would take the PC to reach the Windows 7 login screen.

For comparison purposes, I’ll be using a Kingston Hyper X 240GB.

 

Crystal Disk Benchmark

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB

 

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Kingston HyperX 240GB

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Some interesting results here, with the Kingston drive pulling ahead in sequential read and write tests as well as 512K and 4k ones. However, 4K QD32 sees the OCZ Vertex claw its way back and pull ahead (by quite a signifiant margin in the write portion).

AS SSD

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB

 

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Kingston HyperX 240GB

 

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Similar results here, except that the Kingston extends its lead by a little more. This is most likely down to the fact that the data used in AS-SSD is uncompressed, this often leads to a reduction in speed on Sandforce controller SSDs.

 

Atto Benchmark

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB

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Kingston HyperX 240GB

 

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Unfortunately the trend continues here, with the Kingston drive pulling off a convincing win against the Vertex, especially in the write tests.

 

 

Sisoft Sandra – Read

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB

Drive Index: 529MBps
Random Access time:
25µs

Kingston HyperX 240GB

Drive Index: 534.2MBps
Random Access time: 19µs

 

Real Time Boot

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB: 23.704 seconds
Kingston HyperX 240GB: 22.17 seconds

Pretty comparable results for both of these tests.

Conclusion

While performance was pretty much comparable across all benchmarks, the Vertex certainly took a minor beating by its Kingston comparison drive. At £20 more expensive, it seems hard to recommend the OCZ over the other, but it’s certainly still a strong performer; even though it didn’t come out ahead. Read speeds are almost identical throughout and it’s only on the write tests the Vertex started to flag a little.

This is a good SSD, but it just doesn’t quite have the punch that similarly priced models have.

Pros

Good performance
Looks different to most SSDs
Comes with a drive converter bay

Cons

Not as fast under write conditions as similar drives
A bit expensive

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