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OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Review

To say the OCZ Vertex 3 240gb is an impressive drive, is an understatement. We had expected some great results, but it is almost twice the speed of the previous generation of drives – in the world of technology this doesn’t happen very often.

When compared to competitor products there really is simply nothing we have tested to challenge the Vertex 3. Even Intel’s latest 510 SSD seems positively lackluster by comparison. Unlike other drives in the market, the all round performance is what really allows this product to stand out. Sequential results are wicked, but when we look at the 4kb performance, it is in a class of its own.

While synthetic tests are often the best way to analyse the performance of a solid state drive, especially with these kind of speeds, it is also important to have a look at the ‘real world’ benefits. If you wanted the quickest boot drive on the market then you need look no further, we can only begin to imagine how two of these in RAID 0 would transform system performance!

We could wax lyrical all day about how wonderful this product is, but there are only so many superlatives we can use. It has set a new benchmark for Solid State performance and if OCZ can tweak the product further then the SATA 6GBps interface is going to need to be replaced, sooner rather than later.

The drive is available for £455 inc vat, which is actually a fairly reasonable price considering the size and performance.

Pros:

  • Lightning quick
  • Sata 6GBps interface is already under ‘bandwidth limitation’ threat
  • This drive is leading the way for others to follow

Cons:

  • It will hit the bank balance hard

KitGuru says: Two in Raid 0? yes, please.

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Rating: 9.5.

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