OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD Review

2. The Drive4. Max Read / Write


OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD (Solid State Drive) Review

Test System and Methodology

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB (Firmware 1.11_BF)
Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB (Firmware 0006)
Corsair F240 (Firmware 2.0)

GeForce GTX 580 Graphics Card
Intel Core i7-2600K
Sapphire Pure Black P67
2x 2GB Corsair Vengeance


Corsair AX1200W PSU
Sony BDU-X10S Blu-Ray drive
D-Link Wireless-N Dual Band USB Stick


1x Indilinx based SSD – OS

Arctic Cooling MX-4 Paste
Corsair H70
Razer Megalodon
Gigabyte Aivia K8100 Keyboard
Roccat Kone[+] Mouse

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX 9/10/11 (November 2010)
Forceware 266.66

SiSoft Sandra
Crystal DiskMark
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
ATTO Benchmark
Crysis Warhead
MS Office 2010
StarCraft 2

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drives was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 7 was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, where appropriate, the hard drives were de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated) and each drive was Sanitary Erased between tests.

Good Benchmarking Practice
Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.

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