- by David_W @Jun 10, 2011
2.5" Solid State Drives / SATA III / MLC / Performance Series / 120GB-480GB
OCZ Vertex 3 Solid State Drives unleash the performance potential of the SATA 6Gbps interface, leading the speed revolution in this next-generation solution. As the first SSD to feature the latest Sandforce controller design, OCZ designed the Vertex 3 to push the limits in both sequential and random read/write rates to blaze past the competition when every MB/s matters. With incredible 4k file writes up to 60,000 IOPS, these latest drives take productivity, gaming, and multimedia applications to the next level to work in perfect symmetry with the latest enthusiast platforms.
Built with the quality, reliability, and durability that lives up to the OCZ name, the Vertex 3 Series easily integrates into today’s mobile and desktop platforms and features TRIM support to optimize performance over the drive’s lifespan as the ultimate Windows 7 companion. Vertex 3 SSDs are available in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities and come backed by a 3-Year Warranty.
Important SSD notes:
Solid State Drives DO NOT require defragmentation. It may decrease the lifespan of the drive.
Consumers may see a discrepancy between reported capacity and actual capacity; the storage industry standard is to display capacity in decimal. However, the operating system usually calculates capacity in binary format, causing traditional HDD and SSD to show a lower capacity in Windows. In the case of SSDs, some of the capacity is reserved for formatting and redundancy for wear leveling.
Rated speeds may vary slightly depending on the benchmark used, drivers, windows version, bios version and file size. We recommend using ATTO, IOMeter, and PC Mark Vantage for benchmarking SSDs and to achieve maximum rated specifications. Maximum performance is achieved by using the P67 chipset with Native SATA 6Gbps.
MLC NAND Flash
Interface: SATA 6Gbps / Backwards Compatible 3Gbps
Native TRIM support
Seek Time: .1ms
Slim 2.5" Design
99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3mm
Operating Temp: 0°C ~ 55°C
Storage Temp: -45°C ~ 85°C
Low Power Consumption: 3W Active, 1.65W Idle
Shock Resistant up to 1500G
Included 3.5" Desktop adapter bracket
Compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP 32-bit/64-bit, Mac OSX
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Worked as advertised for the first few months, after that I have been experiencing random freezing during boot and system freezing intermittently. Seems to be more of an issue getting a boot to finish properly. The system will just hang with a black screen for ever just before you would normally see the gui. I haven't tried a reinstall as it is still basically a fresh install. Plenty of space left on the drive still so it's not a matter of limited space issues. Mine had the latest firmware when I got it from ncix... will be waiting to see if it ends up dieing. I would buy an intel drive next time.
The difference between this SSD and the HD I had in my ThinkPad is night and day. Before with the stock HD it would stutter/pause if I moved during a movie/song in windows media player. After installing you can shake it all you want (dont recommend) and it wont stutter at all.
First time with using an SSD and I find it to be a great improvement over and HD. HD as a secondary for storage works fantastic. The difference between the two is the space. SSD can't hold as much and get filled up quickly. Best to have an HD or two to fill up with that wonderful time-wasting junk we all love and enjoy.
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