Vertex 3 240GB Review
Today at benchX we have the pleasure to present the first SSD that we will be testing. The Vertex 3 240GB, although not being new to the market it still needs to be accounted for.
OCZ supplied this sample, thank you !
The Vertex 3 uses SF-2200 from Sandforce as a controller and 16 25nm OCZ branded NANDs, that we think might be either intel or micron, having each one 16GB of capacity.
This are the manufacturer ( OCZ ) specifications :
- Max Read: up to 550MB/s
- Max Write: up to 520MB/s
- Random Write 4KB: 60,000 IOPS
- Maximum 4K Random Write: 85,000 IOPS
- ASUS Maximus V Gene
- Samsung SFF 30nm 2200Mhz 9-11-11-22 1.55v
- 2x AMD HD7970
Our goal is to test SSDs as close as possible to the “real world”. Giving you, our dear readers, a global idea of how it will perform in your own system. This approach will, as well, give you an idea whether or not you are taking the best performance from your system.
Based upon the previously stated facts we will be taking our results from the following benchmarks:
- Windows 7 SP1 64Bits
- Anvil Pro RC5
- AS SSD Benchmark
- ATTO Benchmark
- CrystalDiskMark 3
- PCMark 7 [System Drive]
After each test the system is left idling for at least 30min to give TRIM time to act.
Anvil Pro RC5
AS SSD Benchmark
PCMark 7 [System Drive]
On the first hand I would like to talk about what is, for most, one of the biggest defects of the SandForce controlled drives, the reliability. In my point of view both OCZ and SandForce have come a long way, the firmware is now solid as well as easy to update.
The price of solid state drives has been falling more and more, this beautiful drive retails around 190€, that means less then a 1€ per GB, what is quiet impressive for a drive of this size. Who would say such a thing would happen so fast an year ago? None the less there are other players on the market with even cheaper price for the same amount of storage.
Talking about performance, the numbers are, indeed, respectful. Writing when considering incompressible data comes a bit shy of specifications. On another hand there’s nothing bad to say about the readings, these are without a doubt one of the fast on the market. Analyzing Avil Pro data we can see that IOPS are as specified, although not being the best on the market they are still pretty good. The culprit here is the SandForce controller that also shows some deficits in small file sizes and even more on small queue depths.
In the end the Vertex 3 is a good SSD with a respectable performance but yet oriented for compressible data, long queue depths and large files. All in all this is nothing but numbers, in the real world the difference from a mechanical HDD and a SSD is from another galaxy, the difference from a second generation SSD ( SATA 2 ) it is still noticeable but when telling the difference between same generation SSDs only with synthetic benchmarks or really aggressive use.