OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB SSD Review

Author: AkG
Date: July 6, 2011
Product Name: Vertex 3 340GB Max IOPS
Part Number: VTX3MI-25SAT3-240G
Warranty: 3 Years
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OCZ has been a dynamo in the SSD arena over the last few months. Alongside their recent acquisition of the controller manufacturer Indilinx, drives like the Agility 3, Vertex 3 and Solid 3 drives have taken the SATA 6Gbps segment by storm. We’ve already looked at an engineering sample of high performance Vertex 3 and followed up that review with a test of the retail version but now OCZ has something new for us: a Vertex 3 on steroids dubbed the Max IOPS Edition.

Upon first glance there really aren’t all that many differences between the 240GB versions of the “standard” Vertex 3 and its new Max IOPS sibling. Most of the performance figures are the same as well other than one key aspect: the Max IOPS features better small file performance. Basically the 5K extra write IOPS and 15K bump in read speeds will result in increased real world application load times and file transfers.

OCZ was able to increase the performance of the Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB by simply using different NAND. The typical SandForce 2281 found in the Vertex 3 series (and other competing SSDs) is usually paired with Intel/Micron 25nm NAND since the 32nm modules are becoming harder and harder to source. OCZ on the other has used 32nm ultra high performance Toggle Mode NAND. This alone will make the Max IOPS tempting to many as in one fell swoop OCZ has given their model a major advantage over the competition: increased life span.

While the Max IOPS version can be considered a “special edition” it is just as readily available as the standard version. This is also a top bin product which carries a price premium over the standard Vertex 3 so it will be firmly outside the budget of many. All things considered though, its current price of around $590 isn’t all that bad considering its capacity of 240GB. $590 also makes the Max IOPS version a mere $60 more than its slower sibling.


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