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OCZ Vertex 3 240GB MAX IOPS SSD Review

Rating: 9.0.

There have been many Solid State Drives released in the last couple of months, and today we are looking at the new 240GB Vertex 3 from OCZ which is tagged with the ‘Max IOPS’ moniker. This drive has been tuned for users who require greater transactional throughput.

Today we will compare it with the standard 240GB Vertex 3 and the latest ADATA S511 250GB SSD, all of which use the Sandforce SF 2281 processor.

OCZ are claiming an IOPS 4k aligned result of 55,000 read and 65,000 write, compared to the standard Vertex 3 at 40,000 read and 60,000 write. Interestingly, the 120GB version has claimed IOPS figures of 35,000 read and 75,000 write.

Product OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS
Interface Sata III
Controller Sandforce 2281
Size 240GB
SSD Type Multi Level Cell
Trim Support Yes
Read speed (rated) 550MB/s
Write speed (rated) 500MB/s
MBTF 2 Million hours

To compliment the consumer model, OCZ have also released an Enterprise class drive, the Vertex 3 Pro, which uses the Sandforce SF-2582 controller and offers power loss data protection and data recovery protection.

The Vertex 3 we are reviewing today uses the SF-2281 controller which offers TCG OPAL security with 256bit AES encryption and an improved ECC engine (capable of correcting up to 55 bits per 512 byte sector).

All of the SandForce SF-2000 series controllers still utilise the patented DuraWrite technology, on the fly compression which reduces the size of the data written to the drive. When this is paired up with wear leveling and intelligent block management the drive will require fewer write cycles during regular use.

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  • Thomas

    Christ thats a quick SSD. I thought my 40GB intel one was good :p

  • Eggbert

    Im still very impressed with the ADATA drive, its quite a bit cheaper and generally holds its own.

  • k0rnplant

    Its a lot of cash, but if I had it, id get one of these. would last for years. Cant see a new sata interface coming out soon anyway, so this is as good as it gets.

    whats next sata 9GBps ?

  • 0ptix

    Thats a really great idea. They cover all bases !

  • Iin

    Why would the smaller drive have higher IOPS in one category?

  • Duanna

    OCZ make some great SSD’s I don’t think id buy anyone else. the 240GB is too rich for my blood. 120gb maybe…… any review coming up for it?

  • 928345

    I still think these are small sellers, there is no way someone is spending almost 500 on an SSD for a system.

  • Banaa

    I read in the last review that OCZ wouldnt be bringing out a 60GB version of the vertex 3. have you any idea why? its an ideal size for a boot drive imho.

  • Yannis

    IOPS is where its at. but im not sure home users really need it. interesting to see OCZ with different versions of the same product. they certainly dont like to be surpassed in anything by other companies!

  • Mark

    my next SSD, already saving up 😉