OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Solid State Drive Review

Author: AkG
Date: May 2, 2011
Product Name: Vertex 3
Part Number: VTX3-25SAT3-240G
Warranty: 3 Years
Purchase at NCIX: | UK
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Vista Start Up

When it comes to hard drive performance there is one area that even the most oblivious user notices: how long it takes to load the Operating System. While all the other tests were run with a Windows 7 operating system, this particular test uses another older test bed's “day to day” OS (copied over to our new testbed) which has accumulated a lot of crud over the months from installs and removals. We chose the Anti-Virus splash screen as our finish line as it is the last program to be loaded on start up.

It seems like the Vertex 3 has the real world performance chops to back up its kick ass synthetic results. It has been a long time since we've seen double digit improvements in a single generation and the only thing which even remotely came close to this kind of jump was the original Vertex and its Indilinx Barefoot controller which set the storage world on fire. If we were Marvel, Intel, JMicron or any of the other controller manufactures we would be awfully, awfully worried right about now.

Adobe CS5 Load Time

Photoshop is a notoriously slow loading program under the best of circumstances, and while the latest version is actually pretty decent, when you add in a bunch of extra brushes and the such you get a really great torture test which can bring even the best of the best to their knees. Let’s see how our review unit fared in the Adobe crucible!

While the difference is not as radical as it was with system boot time, there is still a significant reduction in how long it takes for CS5 to load. To be honest, we are actually more impressed with this level of performance than we were with Windows boot time. After all, we are for the first time ever on the cusp of single digit load times for an Adobe product loaded up with a ton of custom palettes.

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