We review the OCZ Vertex 3 SSD

Fri 8th Aug 2014 - 1:31pm General

First of all for the uninitiated, what is the basic difference between a Standard Hard Drive (HDD) be it IDE, SCSI or Sata. and a Solid State Drive (SSD)?
The traditional spinning hard drive (HDD) is the basic non-volatile storage on a computer. That is, it doesn’t “go away” like the data on the system memory when you turn the system off. Hard drives are essentially metal platters with a magnetic coating. That coating stores your data and a read/write head on an arm accesses the data while the platters are spinning inside a hard drive enclosure.

An SSD does much the same job functionally (saving your data while the system is off, booting your system, etc.) as an HDD, but instead of a magnetic coating on top of platters, the data is stored on interconnected flash memory chips that retain the data even when there’s no power present.

So if they both do the same Job why bother changing to SSD?

Speed, Fragmentation and Durability are the main advantages of an SSD.
Due to their spiral-like recording surfaces, HDD surfaces work best with larger files that are laid down in contiguous blocks so the drive head can start and end its read in one continuous motion. When a HDD starts to fill up, large files can become scattered around the disk platter, which is otherwise known as Fragmentation. While read/write algorithms have improved, the fact of the matter is that HDDs can become fragmented. The SSDs don’t care where the data is stored on its chips, since there’s no physical read head. SSDs are inherently faster. Solid State Drives DO NOT require defragmentation. It may decrease the lifespan of the drive.
An SSD-equipped PC will boot in seconds, certainly under a minute. A hard drive requires time to speed up to operating specs, and will continue to be slower than a SSD during normal operation. A PC or Mac with an SSD boots faster, launches apps faster, and has higher overall performance. Whether it’s for fun, school, or business, the extra speed may be the difference between finishing on time or failing.
Durability: An SSD has no moving parts, so it’s more likely to keep your data safe in the event that you drop your laptop bag or your system is shaken about by an earthquake while it’s operating. Most hard drives park their read/write heads when the system is off, but they are flying over the drive platter at hundreds of miles an hour when they are in operation. Besides, even parking brakes have limits. If you’re rough on your equipment, an SSD is recommended.
So the OCZ Vertex 3 (Max IOPS) Solid State Drive.
My HDD was beginning to make lots of noise, so I decided the time was right to change it. I had a second drive in my PC but I use that as a backup so decided to change my Primary HDD. For the reasons I stated earlier and the fact that SSD are now more affordable and larger capacity that’s the route I took. I did some research and decided that the OCZ Vertex 3 (Max IOPS) Solid State Drive was the one for me.
The drive is available in 120GB and 240GB Capacities and comes with a 3 Year Warranty
Though the drive is a 2.5” form factor it comes boxed with a 3.5” adapter tray.

OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS Solid State Drives unleash the performance potential of the SATA 6Gbps interface,. Featuring the latest Sandforce controller design, OCZ designed the Vertex 3 Max IOPS to push the limits in read/write rates to blaze past the competition with up to 85,000 IOPS maximum 4k write performance. These latest drives take productivity, gaming, and multimedia applications to the next level.
Interface: SATA 6Gbps / Backwards Compatible 3Gbps
Native TRIM support
Seek Time: .1ms
99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3mm
Lightweight: 77g
Operating Temp: 0°C ~ 70°C
Ambient Temp: 0°C ~ 55°C
Storage Temp: -45°C ~ 85°C
Low Power Consumption: 3W Active, 1.65W Idle
Shock Resistant up to 1500G
RAID Support
Compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP 32-bit/64-bit, Mac OSX
MTBF: 2 million hours

120GB Max Performance 240GB Max Performance
Max Read: up to 550MB/s Max Read: up to 550MB/s
Max Write: up to 500MB/s Max Write: up to 500MB/s
Random Read 4KB: 35,000 IOPS Random Read 4KB: 55,000 IOPS
Random Write 4KB: 75,000 IOPS Random Write 4KB: 65,000 IOPS
Maximum 4K Random Write: 85,000 IOPS Maximum 4K Random Write: 85,000 IOPS


I found the installation of the drive to be as simple as fitting any new drive and as I was using the drive on my PC, I also used the 2.5” to 3.5” adapter which basically screws into preset screw positions on the drive case.

The performance increase was immediately noticeable as the startup, restart and shutdown process was reduced greatly.

In my opinion if you can spend the extra cash , I would opt for an SSD as your system drive though you would still need a HDD if you need more storage than is available on the SSD.

Wrote by Fizog



Andrew Heppinstall

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