|240GB OCZ Vertex 3.20 Solid State Drive|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 17 April 2013|
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OCZ Vertex 3.20 Conclusion
IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested which may differ from future versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.
When Benchmark Reviews tested the 120GB OCZ Vertex 3.20, it was one of the few times we've compared performance to an SSD of that capacity. Since we usually receive 240GB+ SSDs, which tend to yield the highest performance results, I was very curious to see how much of a difference there would be between the two models. It turns out that speeds were only slightly changed, but the difference was significant when it came to IOPS operational performance.
Our performance rating considers how effective the 240GB OCZ Vertex 3.20 solid state drive performs in operations against directly competing SATA-based storage solutions. For reference, SandForce specifies the SF-2281 controller capable of 500 MB/s maximum read/write speeds, which OCZ Technology tweaks with custom firmware to reach 550/520 MB/s sequential read/write. In our storage benchmark tests, the 240GB OCZ Vertex 3.20 solid state drive (model VTX3-25SAT3-240G.20) performed at or above this speed, and produced respectful results that compare the fastest SATA-based products previously tested. Our benchmark tests proved the 240GB OCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD was good for delivering 554/528 MBps peak read/writes speeds using ATTO Disk Benchmark. Linear testing with Everest Disk Benchmark produced 463/472 MB/s, placing the 240GB OCZ Vertex 3.2 among our top results.
The 240GB OCZ Vertex 3.20 solid state drive sent us for testing is advertised to deliver up to 35,000 random 4KB read IOPS and 65,000 random 4KB write IOPS. Using Iometer operational performance tests configured to a queue depth of 32 outstanding I/O's per target across 100% of the drive, our benchmarks produced 56,135 combined IOPS performance... much better than the 32,711 combined IOPS produced by the 120GB version. In the 4K 32QD tests with AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark, the 240GB OCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD outperformed enthusiast storage solutions such as the Crucial RealSSD C300 and m4 SSDs, but didn't quite match up to some of the latest solid-state product releases.
Solid State Drives are low-visibility products: you see them just long enough to install and then they're forgotten. Like their Hard Disk Drive counterparts, Solid State Drives are meant to place function before fashion. Anything above and beyond a simple metal shell is already more than what's required in terms of the appearance. OCZ Technology has retained their traditional painted enclosure, adorned with contrasting labels for Vertex 3.20. As solid state storage controllers become faster and more advanced, heat dissipation through the enclosure walls may demand that chassis designs become more beneficial than they previously needed to be.
Durability is the strongest feature credited to the entire SSD product segment. SSDs are not prone to mechanical failure, but if any Vertex 3.20-series solid state storage product does happen to fail during the 3-year warranty period, end-users may contact OCZ Technology via their company website or extensive support forums. Fortunately, there's also a toll-free telephone number (800-459-1816) for free technical support and customer service questions. OCZ has been proven to be one of the best companies in the business when it comes to customer service, and replacement parts are often sent with priority delivery.
As of mid-April 2013, the OCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD series is available online in the following capacities and prices:
LSI/SandForce have proven themselves as industry leaders, and their SF-2281 controller is mature and dependable. Based on the SandForce SF-2281 processor, the OCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD deliver native TRIM garbage collection and basic SMART support with impressive 554/528 MB/s transfer speeds. SandForce DuraClass technology adds their proprietary RAISE and DuraWrite features not available on other SSDs, enabling this product to last up to five times longer with less wear on NAND flash modules. The OCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD is a refreshed 20nm synchronous NAND flash version of a long-standing 25nm best seller. OCZ Technology backs the Vertex 3.20 with a three-year product warranty, in addition to actively updated support forums. Vertex 3.20 costs slightly less than other recently-launched solid state products, offset by the reduced cost of more efficient components. The 120GB version is a good entry-level starting point, but Benchmark Reviews recommends the larger capacity and better performing 240GB OCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD to enthusiasts and power users. Either version of the Vertex 3.20 will deliver an ultra-fast response time, which ensures applications open with near-instant reaction when called upon. Noteworthy performance and good value earn the 240GB OCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD our Silver Tachometer Award.
+ Outstanding 554/528 MBps read/write speed with ATTO
- Some manufacturers offer five-year warranty
Final Score: 8.9 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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