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OCZ Technology Vertex 3 240GB Retail Solid State Drive Review - Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline Performance

Our first 240GB Vertex 3 in-house was a pre-production unit with early firmware that left it slower than the 120 model we looked at later. We now have the retail 240 in and are even more impressed.

By: | SSDs in Storage | Posted: May 24, 2011 3:08 am
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: OCZ Technology

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We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: AVADirect, GIGABYTE, Cooler Master, LSI, Corsair and Noctua.

 

You can read more about TweakTown's Storage Product Testing Workstation and the procedures followed to test products in this article.

 

There seems to be quite a bit of confusion in forums about SATA 6G. This stems from early X58 motherboards that shipped with Marvell controllers that are garbage compared to what Intel has released. The Intel native SATA 6G implementation is the best way to get the most out of your new Vertex 3 or for that matter, any other SATA 6G SSD. The Marvell controllers had their time and place, but it was a place holder and that time has passed.

 

Today we'll be filling out our SSD benchmark chart with the Vertex 3 240GB retail drive. As we mentioned in the introduction, previous reviews and comparisons were based on the pre-production 240GB Vertex 3.

 

We like to keep our review products on an even playing field and the first 240GB didn't allow that to happen. The good news is the retail model, the one you can buy, is actually faster than what OCZ sent around to the press to look at two months ago. The Vertex 3 already dominated our benchmark charts, but now it does so just a little bit more.

 


ATTO Baseline Performance

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.34

 

ATTO is used by many disk manufacturers to determine the read and write speeds that will be presented to customers.

 

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OCZ's quoted read speed of 550MB/s was spot on and that is exactly what we observed in our ATTO run. The write speed on our sample drive topped out at 505MB/s, just a little shy of the claimed 520MB/s, but you may have better luck on another motherboard. Our testing was conducted on a GIGABYTE P67A-UD5 B3.

 

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