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OCZ Vertex 3 480GB Solid State Drive Review - OCZ Vertex 3 480GB SSD

The largest Vertex 3 has seen its cost reduced to half of what it was on launch and is still a flagship offering even though Vertex 4 is quickly catching the aging drive in performance.

| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jul 10, 2012 12:18 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%      Manufacturer: OCZ Technology

OCZ Vertex 3 480GB SSD

 

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We've had the pleasure of shooting the Vertex 3 several times and each time the shiny surface on the chrome look sticker is difficult to get an in focus image.

 

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The capacity is listed on the back of the drive and this is where you'll find the serial number and model number.

 

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All of the mounting points are where they should be so you won't have any issue installing this drive in your notebook or desktop with the included bracket. OCZ also fixed the wide case issue quite a while ago so that is no longer an issue either.

 

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The included desktop adapter bracket offsets the drive to the left so your SATA power and data cables line up with your existing 3.5" HDDs. This makes for installing the SATA power cables much easier than when using brackets that place the drive in the middle.

 

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To date we know of two configurations for the 480GB drives based on the SandForce SATA III controller. The first is what we see here, a SF-2281 with sixteen flash chips, eight on each side.

 

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The second configuration we know of uses the SF-2282 controller and 32 flash chips. At this point, we can't really say which is faster because we only have the 16 IC design on hand.

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