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OCZ Vertex 3 240GB MAX IOPS SSD Review

OCZ have been at the forefront of Solid State drive development now for quite some time. We weren’t sure what to expect from the tuned Vertex 3 240gb MAX IOPS drive, but it is clear that it is leading the pack when it comes to throughput performance.

Testing shows that while some of the benchmarks are very close, the IOMeter scores are in a different class, falling just shy of the claimed 65,000 IOPS. Staggering results. The new range of Sandforce powered drives are incredibly fast and they have no discernible weaknesses either. Sequential performance from all the Sandforce 2281 powered units is incredible, and the 4k results are miles ahead of the previous range of products.

The synthetic results show that OCZ have certainly applied their ‘magic’ tweaks behind the scenes to enhance throughput performance. Depending on your particular demands this could be very noticeable. The Toshiba 3xNM NAND flash is a worthwhile addition to the MAX IOPS.

The UK price point hasn’t yet been confirmed but we expect a small premium over the reference Vertex 3 drive meaning it should come in at around £470 inc vat (£10-£15 more expensive). In all honesty this is a great price for such a large drive with these blazingly quick performance characteristics.

Pros:

  • IOPS performance is the best we have seen from a single drive
  • If you want to stress your new SATA 6GBps interface, then these are the drives to use

Cons:

  • Many will opt for the smaller 120GB version due to the price.

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Rating: 9.0.

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