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OCZ Vertex 3 .20 120GB SSD Review - OCZ Vertex 3.20 120GB SSD

OCZ Vertex 3 .20 120GB SSD Review
Today Chris tests the new OCZ Vertex 3.20 120GB and finally gets a chance to put IMFT 20nm next to Toshiba 19nm NAND.
By: | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 9:16 pm
TweakTown Rating: 84%Manufacturer: OCZ Technology

OCZ Vertex 3.20 120GB SSD

 

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Cosmetically the 3.20 isn't much different from the last known Vertex 3 drives on the market. It uses the same black plastic cover over a metal base tray.

 

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The part number now has an extra .20 at the end. All of the mounting points are located on the metal base tray.

 

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Vertex 3.20 remains a 9.5mm Z-height drive. Before OCZ neutered their product map, they had a 7mm Vertex 3, but those are long gone now. We're a bit surprised OCZ didn't move Vertex 3.20 over to the 7mm form factor and reduce the number of different cases used. The 7mm Vertex 3 appears to use the same case as Vector. Then again, OCZ may have several 9.5mm cases in a warehouse and this drive is a good excuse to get rid of them.

 

As I was writing this article ADATA announced a 7mm move for their entire product line. We hope OCZ follows suit soon.

 

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The SATA power and data connectors are where they should be.

 

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Just like the 240GB Vertex 3.20, the 120GB model uses sixteen NAND flash chips, eight on each side. The familiar SF-2281 controller keeps everything in line, but we noticed that OCZ didn't use the new B02 stepping that reduces power.

 

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The big change with this product is the new 20nm Intel flash.

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