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OCZ Vertex 3 Pro – 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 Platforms

For this article, we did things a little differently due to the SATA 6Gbps interface and the known bottlenecks of Marvell 9100 series controllers. To give users an idea of how this would perform on an X58 platform, we used the same test bench we had in the past which is listed out below. The
ASUS P6T Deluxe (BIOS v1701) motherboard uses an ICH10R south bridge
chipset that doesn’t support SATA III 6G, so we used an ECS S6M2 add-on card with driver version 1042 for SATA 6Gbps performance.  This PCIe x1 card uses the Marvell 9128 controller and has one SATA III internal header on it, which is all we should need to test out the OCZ Vertex 3 Pro SSD.

X58 Test Bench

Intel LGA 1366 Test Platform
Component Brand/Model Live Pricing

Processor

Core i7 920

Motherboard

ASUS P6T Deluxe V1 (1701)

Memory

CORSAIR XMS3 3GB DDR3 1333

Video Card

Gigabyte GeForce GT 430

SATA 6Gbps Card

ECS S6M2

OS Drive

Corsair Force 40GB

Power Supply

Corsair HX1000

Operating System

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit


P67 Test Bench

Intel LGA 1155 Test Platform
Component Brand/Model Live Pricing

Processor

Core i5 2500k

Motherboard

ASUS P8P67

Memory

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. We chose the RunCore Pro V SSD to do a SF-1200 to SF-2600 comparison as it’s one of the latest drives we have received and it put up some really nice numbers.

 SSD
MODEL
CONTROLLER(S) TRIM Support?
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
JMICRON JMF618 Yes
Corsair Force Series
100GB
Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
Corsair Nova Series
128GB
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.

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
available.

VERTEX 3 PRO CRYSTALDISKMARK INFO

On to the benchmarks!

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