OCZ Technology was kind enough to send me a retail version
of the Vertex 3 240GB SSD for review. 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.
Back in March I previewed the Vertex 3 when the Vertex 3 was
at that stage an engineering sample. In this article I will run the full range
of tests on the retail version of Vertex 3, and we will see how this new SSD
performs in our range of tests.
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?
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 under Windows 7.
The package also contained a 2.5 inch to 3.5 conversion
bracket with fixing screws, to allow the Vertex 3 to be housed in standard 3.5
inch HDD bay.
Now let’s head to the next page, where we look in more
detail at the OCZ Vertex 3.