Pictures

73PRO SCORE
GIVE IT AN OVERALL RATING
3.63636363636364 1 5 0
3.63636363636364
11 VOTES

This is a considerable increase over the company's original Vertex 1 and 2 series drives which are only capable of half of that.

Where to buy

Seller Price Seller Rating
Show more
Pros

powerful SandForce SF-2200 controller - OCZ works closely with SandForce for firmwares, provides optimal performance

1 agrees

built with the latest 25nm MLC NAND from Micron - smaller and cheaper than the flash used in Intel's latest

1 agrees

affordable king of the castle

1 agrees

SATA III / 6Gbps interface

1 agrees

essentially the same performance as the very expensive enterprise-level Vertex 3 PRO - fewer non-consumer options, less testing / redundancy built in

1 agrees

not much more expensive than the Vertex 2, and will probably see price cuts - despite the large performance improvements

1 agrees

beastly performance, fastest drive available - 550MB/s reads, 525MB/s writes, sickening 4K random writes

1 agrees

3-year warranty - might be outdated and slow by the time your warranty runs out!

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

statistically higher failure rates than major competitor(s) (based on previous generation)

1 agrees

more expensive than the Vertex 2 at launch - despite using cheaper-to-produce NAND

1 agrees

only available in 120GB and 240GB capacities - no cheaper, smaller version, or 512GB option

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Edit

 

The OCZ Vertex 3 is a solid state hard drive and one of the first to feature a second generation SandForce processor, making it capable of reaching incredible read and write speeds of up to 550 and 525 megabytes per second. This is a considerable increase over the company's original Vertex 1 and 2 series drives which are only capable of half of that. It was announced on February 24th 2011 along with the Vertex 3 EX and Vertex 3 Pro, with the only differences being capacity selection and in this case an MLC or 'multi-level-cell' NAND flash based design. The Pro version also uses MLC while the EX uses SLC(single-level-cell) NAND flash, which translates to faster access times and cheaper production.  These drives use a SATA III 6GBps interface and have been engineered to make the most out of this newer protocol. The entire series also uses TRIM, with which your computer can inform the drive which blocks of data are no longer considered in use and can be erased internally. Set for release in March 2011, it will be available in 120GB and 240GB capacity.

Features
  • SandForce SF-2281 processor
  • SATA 6GBps interface
  • 25nm NAND
  • Max read - 550 MB/s
  • Max write - 525 MB/s
  • 4KB random write - up to 60,000 IOPS
  • 120GB and 240GB capacities
  • Enhanced BCH ECC capability
  • Supports SATA-7 Security Erase
  • TBW - 232TB up to 1.44 PB depending on workload
  • MTBF(mean time before failure) - 2 million hours
  • 3 year warranty
  • 2.5" form factor
About Us