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Written by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
240GB OCZ Vertex 3.20 Solid State Drive
OCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD
Features and Specifications
SSD Testing Methodology
AS-SSD Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 Tests
Iometer IOPS Performance
EVEREST Disk Benchmark
PCMark Vantage HDD Tests
OCZ Vertex 3.20 Conclusion

OCZ Vertex 3.20 Specifications

Source: OCZ Technology

The OCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD is built around smaller, state-of-the-art 20nm NAND flash process geometry, extending its availability and enabling mainstream users of mobile and desktop platforms to improve gaming, multimedia, and the overall computing experience over traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) and other competing SSDs.

PERFORMANCE120GB240GB
Sequential Reads1 550MB/s 550MB/s
Sequential Writes1 520MB/s 520MB/s
Random 4k Read2 20,000 IOPS 35,000 IOPS
Random 4k Write2 40,000 IOPS 65,000 IOPS
Maximum IOPS3 90,000 IOPS 90,000 IOPS
PHYSICAL
Usable Capacities (IDEMA) 120GB, 240GB
NAND Components 20nm Synchronous Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
Interface SATA 3 6Gb/s
Form Factor 2.5 Inch
NAND Controller SandForce® 2281
Dimension (L x W x H) 99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3mm
Weight 83g
RELIABILITY / PROTECTION
MTBF 2 million hours
Data Path Protection Up to 55 bits correctable per 512-byte sector (BCH)
Data Encryption 128-bit AES-compliant
Product Health Monitoring Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) support
ENVIRONMENTAL
Power Consumption Idle: 0.55W, Active: 2.1W
Operating Temperature 0°C ~ 55°C
Storage Temperature -45°C ~ 85°C
Shock Resistance 1500G
Certifications RoHS, CE, FCC
COMPATABILITY
Serial ATA (SATA) Fully compliant with Serial ATA International Organization: Serial ATA Revision 3.0. Fully compliant with ATA/ATAPI-8 Standard Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
Operating System Windows / Mac OS X / Linux
ORDERING INFORMATIONPART NUMBERUPC
120GB VTX3-25SAT3-120G.20 842024033691
240GB VTX3-25SAT3-240G.20

1. Maximum sequential speeds are determined using ATTO
2. Small file I/O performance is measured using IOmeter 2010
3. Maximum I/O performance is measured using IOmeter 2010, 512 bytes Random
Please Note: Current performance specs reflect update to latest firmware.



 

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# RE: 240GB OCZ Vertex 3.20 Solid State Drivekzinti1 2013-05-27 22:56
There was an article not too long ago that OCZ was going out of business.
Are they or not? They keep coming out with new products so apparently not.
I'd forward the article but now I can't find it.
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# RE: RE: 240GB OCZ Vertex 3.20 Solid State DriveOlin Coles 2013-05-28 07:02
You can't find it because we never wrote that OCZ was going out of business. We did write about their layoffs and stock value about seven months ago:
benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=20789
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# RE: RE: RE: 240GB OCZ Vertex 3.20 Solid State Drivekzinti1 2013-05-28 07:25
I never mentioned that it was you that wrote the article. Never!
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# RE: 240GB OCZ Vertex 3.20 Solid State DriveMugsy 2013-05-28 06:02
I'm most impressed by the benchmark results for the Vertex 4, which are consistently at or near the top of every test, and well above the 3.20.

I'm disappointed not to see any RAID configurations thrown into the mix (most notably, how a Raid-0 of the 120 compares to a single 240.)
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# RE: RE: 240GB OCZ Vertex 3.20 Solid State DriveOlin Coles 2013-05-28 07:04
Almost nobody purchases a SSD to put it into a RAID-0 array, so obtaining a second drive for the sake of pleasing 1/10000 of the readers wouldn't make a lot of sense.
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# RE: RE: RE: 240GB OCZ Vertex 3.20 Solid State DriveMugsy 2013-05-28 07:35
Begging your pardon, but that's a pretty stupid reply.

With a 120GB SSD running at almost exactly have the price as it's 240GB older brother, the possible performance increase over running two 120's over two SATA-III ports vs running a single 240 over just one SATA-III port, seems a bit near-sided.
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# lalamoeb 2013-05-28 07:44
as far as i know in raid-0-mode trim and other vital features do not work
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# Trim, RAID 0, Z77Bruce 2013-05-28 08:50
The Z77 Intel Chipset supports Trim with RAID. It's a shame that it only supports two SATA 6Gb/s ports, limiting RAID options to RAID 0 or RAID 1.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: 240GB OCZ Vertex 3.20 Solid State Drivekzinti1 2013-05-28 08:01
You do know that the only storage capacity running a pair of 120GB ssd's in RAID-0 is 120GB don't you?
You only obtain a faster speed and still have only the capacity of one 120GB ssd. The designation "240 GB's" is meaningless when describing this.
Paying twice just for a bump in speed is what's completely stupid.
If you lose one drive then you lose the info on both drives in RAID-0.
RAID-0 is just fine for hdd's to get a worthwhile gain in speed.
For SSD's the speed increase is not worth the expense. Just a complete waste of money.
I use 500 GB Samsung SSD's and don't RAID them. They're more than fast enough as is and running a pair in RAID-0 would just be ludicrous.
I own 5 of these, so far, that cost $319.99 each. I am more than happy with their speed as is.
If it were possible, all I would do is run them as JBOD. Same speed but double capacity.
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# RAID-0Mugsy 2013-05-28 08:45
Raid-0 is not redundant. It is simple "striping", so you will have all 240GB available. (only Raid levels above 0 that allocate one drive just for recovery "wastes" a drive.)

I'm not sure what you're talking about. But then again, neither do you.

The pitfalls of using Raid-0 (lose one drive and lose everything) is the same whether you use SSDs or HDDs. I ran Raid-0 with two HDDs for years with no problem. SSDs are (no longer) more susceptible to failure than most HDDs.

You claim Raiding SSDs is "not worth the expense", but with two 120GB going for $240 and a single 240GB going for $220, the "expense" is only $20 whereas the performance gains might more than justify the extra money (but we don't know b/c they never tested it.)

Whether YOU are satisfied with the speed of your single SSDs is a matter of usage and personal preference. *I* however edit LARGE A/V files frequently that would greatly benefit from the faster Read/Write speeds of Raid-0.
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