Along the way OCZ have also dabbled in peripherals and have built a strong PSU brand but their main success story has been SSDs. Since the first generation of SSDs hit the market OCZ have worked with the controller manufacturers in a far more effective way than most, if not all, other manufacturers to ensure that their customers get the best performance and firmwares for the drive they purchase. Added to this has been a dedicated team of staff who regularly interact with end users on their forum which creates a great feeling of customer satisfaction.
Just about a year ago OCZ released their latest high performance SATA SSD, the Vertex 2 which was based on SandForce's latest controller. That drive was a huge success, surpassing the performance of its main competitor at the time, drives based on Indilinx controllers. Today we see the successor to that product launch, the Vertex 3 which runs on SandForce's latest controller and we have a 240GB sample on our test bench to find out how it compares to products currently on the market in a selection of real world and synthetic tests.