OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD Review

I just posted the article OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD Review.

Back in early spring I tested a pre-production sample of the OCZ Vertex 3 SSD.
In this article I will check out the retail version of this SSD.

Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/review/ocz-vertex-3-240gb-ssd-review-47822/](http://www.myce.com/review/ocz-vertex-3-240gb-ssd-review-47822/)

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[B]Great review Wendy[/B], I am getting the Vertex 3, 120gb, I really do not need the 240 yet and its still a little expensive. 500mbs, unheard of just a short time ago, now not only a reality but they are getting faster. I love it when a plan comes together.:wink:

Awesome review and awesome speed!

These things just seem to be getting faster and faster all the time. :iagree:

[B]Wombler[/B]

Is this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227725&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL070111&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL070111--EMC-070111-Index--SSD-_-20227725-L02D its smaller sibling?

I really want a SSD but I’m not going to be able to afford one until I’m done school:sad:

Thanks for the comments.

The 240GB Vertex 3 is the fastest, as it has the max parallelism from the NAND to the SSD controller, so the 120GB version isn’t quite so fast.
The Agility 3 uses the same SF-2281 controller found in the Vertex 3, but uses synchronous NAND, while the Vertex 3 uses the faster ONFI 2 NAND.
There is now a 60GB version of Vertex 3 as well.

All OCZ SSDs using the SF-2281 are lightning fast in any case.

[QUOTE=olyteddy;2594643]Is this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227725&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL070111&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL070111--EMC-070111-Index--SSD-_-20227725-L02D its smaller sibling?[/QUOTE]

See here for what “slower” amounts to. I should have mentioned in that post that I am using Win 7’s native AHCI driver. Better performance than AMD’s driver. After living with it for almost a month now, I’m thoroughly convinced that at this price/performance ratio, a boot SSD IS a necessity :clap:.

@Dee: Thank you for your excellent SSD reviews. Am I correct in assuming(hoping:o:)) that the difference between the Vertex/Agility at this speed would be nearly unnoticeable in most usage scenarios? Who would benefit most from stepping up to the Vertex?

[QUOTE=deanwitty;2594841] Am I correct in assuming(hoping:o:)) that the difference between the Vertex/Agility at this speed would be nearly unnoticeable in most usage scenarios? Who would benefit most from stepping up to the Vertex?[/QUOTE]Correct.
I can show everyone in a review which SSD is technically the fastest, but for most people, in a typical home user pattern, you won’t be able to tell them apart in most cases.

Video editing is about the only time a home user will be able to tell the difference. The SSDs with the higher sequential read/write speeds always seem a little bit faster.