OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SATA 3 6Gbps SandForce SSD Preview (SF-2281)

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OCZ Vertex 3 – Test System

Legit Reviews Test System

All tests were performed on a fresh and up-to-date install of Windows 7 Pro x64 with no other applications running while using AHCI mode set through the BIOS. Synthetic Benchmarks were run with the OS loaded on a 40GB Corsair Force SSD. In between every test, the drive was secure erased. As such, all results should be indicative of optimal performance. All components were set to their default speeds and are listed below.

LR Test Bench

Test Platform

This marks the first article where we have fully transitioned to the Sandy Bridge P67 platform in order to take full advantage of the next generation of SSDs using a SATA 6Gbps interface. The X58 platform Marvell controllers just aren’t beefy enough to handle the data these drive push and the tests we performed confirmed as much. So, from here on out we will be doing all benchmark testing on the configuration outlined below.

P67 Test Bench

Intel LGA 1155 Test Platform
Component Brand/Model Live Pricing


Core i5 2500k




Crucial 2 x 2GB  PC3-10600

Video Card

Gigabyte GeForce GT 430

OS Drive

Corsair Force 40GB

Power Supply

Corsair HX1000

Operating System

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit

Comparison Drives & Other Models We Have Tested

Since there are so many SSDs out there now with different
controllers, we started a reference table of which
controllers are used by each drive to help you compare results.
Different controllers definitely perform differently and each has various strengths and weaknesses. Like CPU’s, even identical drives will have variations in performance and part of that variance may be attributable to the NAND flash used. Since the tests of the drives listed have spanned different test benches and represent three different interfaces, we have listed them for the synthetic tests as a point of reference even though there is no direct comparison.

OCZ Vertex 3 Pro 200GB (beta)
SandForce SF-2500 (SF-2582) Yes
RunCore Pro V 120GB
SandForce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
Samsung 470 Series 256GB
Samsung S3C29MAX01-Y340 Yes
Zalman N Series 128GB SandForce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
Kingston V+100 128GB Toshiba T6UG1XBG Yes
Corsair Force 40GB Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
Intel X25-V 40GB Intel G2 Yes
G.Skill Phoenix Pro Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
Patriot Inferno 100GB Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB SSD (4X) Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) No*
OCZ RevoDrive 120GB SSD (2X) Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) No*
ADATA S596 128GB JMicron JMF612 Yes
Corsair Force Series 120GB Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
Patriot Zephyr 128GB JMICRON JMF612 Yes
Patriot Torqx 128GB Indilinx Barefoot Yes
Kingston 30GB V
Series SNV125-S2
Toshiba T6UG1XBG Yes
Kingston 128GB V
Series SNV425-S2
Corsair Force Series
Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
Corsair Nova Series
Indilinx Barefoot Yes
Intel X25-M 160GB G2 SSD
Intel PC29AS21BA0 Yes
Micron RealSSD C300 (6Gbps) 256GB Marvell 88SS9174-BJP2 Yes
* TRIM is not supported due to the RAID controller.

In the readout on CrystalDiskInfo 3.10.1, both NCQ and S.M.A.R.T. are
enabled, as is TRIM. This is a great free tool to see what version of
firmware the drive is running in the event there are updates


On to the benchmarks!

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