Back in July 2011, Myce was very fortunate to be able to bring you one of the very first reviews of the OCZ Vertex 3 SSD. It was the very first SSD to be launched that contained the SandForce SF-2281 SSD controller, and brought about unheard of performance at the time. SandForce hasn't updated the SSD controller hardware since then, but has most certainly changed since 2011, as SandForce are now owned by LSI, and the SF-2281 firmware has certainly matured.
While the SSD controller may be getting a little bit long in the tooth, it still packs a mighty punch, as it still knows how to look after its NAND, and it has one of the very best write amplification specifications to this day.
OCZ are never ones to miss an opportunity. Take a mature SSD controller which is known to make its NAND last, and then match that controller to the very latest in NAND technology, IMFT 20nm MLC NAND. What you end up with is a mainstream/budget SSD which can still compete head on performance wise with many of the newer breed of SSD controllers, and at a price point which rivals TLC NAND based SSDs.
OCZ were kind enough to send me a review sample of their new Vertex 3.20 SSD, which is basically a Vertex 3 with 20nm IMFT MLC NAND. The review sample they sent was the 240GB version, but OCZ also offers a 120GB version of the Vertex 3.20. So let's find out how the Vertex 3.20 performs in this review.
OCZ Technology company information
OCZ should need no introduction, but those of you who would like to find out more about OCZ Technology, can do so at their website.
The OCZ Vertex 3.20 - 240GB SSD
Now it’s time to take a look at the drive itself and what it came shipped with.
The SSD I received was a retail unit, so let's start first with the packaging.
Inside the box
The complete package
The OCZ Vertex 3.20 package contained the OCZ Vertex 3.20 240GB SSD itself, quick installation booklet, warranty information, and an 'I love my SSD' sticker.
On the underside of the SSD, I found a label which displays the SSD model number, storage capacity, and indicates that the SSD was manufactured in Taiwan.
The case itself is 9mm thick and designed to be housed in a standard 2.5 inch drive bay, or a 3.5 inch drive bay using a 3.5 inch to 2.5 inch converter bracket.
Now let's head to the next page, where we look in more detail at the OCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD.....