OCZ Technology was kind enough to send me an engineering
sample of the Vertex 3 240GB SSD for preview. The OCZ Vertex 3 is a native SATA
6Gbps solution and sports the brand new SandForce SF-2281 SSD processor coupled
with 25nm MLC NAND manufactured by Micron. I ask you to keep in mind that the
engineering sample I have received may not contain the final version of the PCB
or hardware, and the firmware is of course a BETA, that is for sure still being
optimized, so you can perhaps expect even better performance from the retail
In this preview I will run a good number of tests so
everyone can see what the Vertex 3 is capable of doing, and will follow this up
with a full review once the Vertex 3 goes retail, and the drive is available
for end consumers to purchase.
SandForce came from nowhere last year and took the SSD
market by storm with their SF-1200 series SSD processor. In a single swoop they
managed to saturate SATA 3Gbps, and not only that, the SF-1200 series had
mighty impressive small random file writing performance, excellent durability,
and is still present in the review PC as I write this article. The question
that most of you will want answered now is, can the Vertex 3 and its SandForce
SF-2281 SSD processor surpass what is already an extremely high performance bar
set by the Vertex 2?
back in December 2010 that we would see a consumer version of the SandForce
SF-2000 family of SSD processors, and guessed that these new processors would
be designated the SF-2200 series. What I didn’t bargain for then was for the
SF-2281 to make it to the market so soon in 2011. However, it’s here now, and
the NDA is now lifted, so I can now show you a preview of the brand new OCZ
Vertex 3 SSD.
We’ll find out in this preview how this new SSD performs in
our range of benchmarks and real world tests.
OCZ company information
I’m sure most MyCE members will be familiar with the OCZ
brand name. OCZ Technology has been manufacturing high performance, high
quality PC memory, PSU units, SSDs, and other PC related hardware for many
If you would like to find out more about OCZ Technology, you
can visit the OCZ website.
The OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD
Now it’s time to take a look at the drive itself and what
the drive came shipped with.
The package contained the OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD itself, which has a user capacity of 223GB when used with Windows 7.
It’s an engineering sample, so the case still doesn’t have the Vertex 3 label,
but below I have a marketing picture of how the retail product may look.
Once again, the back of the drive doesn’t have a great deal
of information to show you. We can see a label with what I suspect is a part
number, and that the drive is a marketing sample. We can also see the SATA
power and data connector.
Now let’s head to the next page, where we look in more
detail at the OCZ Vertex 3.