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OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB SSD Review

OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB SSD Review

3. The Drive5. Max Read / Write


OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB SSD (Solid State Drive) Review vs Crucial M4 (C400) and Intel 510 Series

Test System and Methodology

OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB (Firmware 2.06)
Intel SSD 510 250GB (Firmware PWG2)
Crucial M4 256GB (Firmware 0001)

GeForce GTX 580 Graphics Card
Intel Core i7-2600K

ASUS P8 Z68-V Pro
2x 4GB Corsair Vengeance


Asus VG236H Screen

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


OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB – OS Drive
Arctic Cooling MX-4 Paste
Corsair H70
Razer Megalodon
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Keyboard
Roccat Kone[+] Mouse

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
Forceware 275.27

SiSoft Sandra
Crystal DiskMark
PCMark 7
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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Stuart_Davidson

Stuart Davidson is Senior Editor at HardwareHeaven having joined the site in 2002.