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OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Review

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bogie170 7th June 2011, 12:28 Quote
"Vertex 3 bsod"

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=vertex+3+bsod

Big issues with SandForce SF-2281 at the moment. You might want to change your score?
coolius 7th June 2011, 12:32 Quote
Fail with the Score breakdown:
PERFORMANCE 47 / 50
FEATURES 12 / 15
FEATURES 21 / 35
Baz 7th June 2011, 12:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by bogie170
Google "Vertex 3 bsod".

You might want to change your score?

Not an issue we've encountered with any of the Vertex 3 versions we've tested. I'll ask OCZ for a comment.
Baz 7th June 2011, 12:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by coolius
Fail with the Score breakdown:
PERFORMANCE 47 / 50
FEATURES 12 / 15
FEATURES 21 / 35

Fixed. The score engine should update shortly.
Parge 7th June 2011, 12:46 Quote
I agree! The M4 offers far better value for money, and most users won't be able to tell the difference between the speeds outside of benchmarking.

Another win for Crucial it seems.
SMIFFYDUDE 7th June 2011, 13:05 Quote
Are SSD ever going to be affordable?
Hustler 7th June 2011, 13:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
Are SSD ever going to be affordable?

Lol...they just dont want to come down in price, do they?...must still be too many vested interests in mechanical devices.
3lusive 7th June 2011, 13:40 Quote
Posted by CallsignVega:
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There are dozens if not hundreds of people on the OCZ support forum having this exact issue. All their tech support is saying is to RMA the drives like that is some simple solution!

Given OCZ's stability problems with some other their other ssd's, I honestly would avoid them at least till they can clear these issues up

http://www.overclock.net/ssd/1028489-ocz-living-up-reputation-vertex-3-a.html
runadumb 7th June 2011, 13:44 Quote
My 120 gig version should arrive today. Boy I hope I don't regret it. £200 is a huge chunk of change for a bleeding harddisk. Already kinda regret it :(

Well hopefully when its melting my face with its speed I won't care.
kenco_uk 7th June 2011, 14:23 Quote
The last graph on pages 2 and 3 have black number data, rather than all the previous charts white numbering. Also, I get a red x with Overall 88.8888888889% within the scores on the last page.

Hmmm.. interesting though. Crucial's M4 certainly looks tempting.
l3v1ck 7th June 2011, 14:32 Quote
Yeah, I get 88.8888888889% too. One of Bit-Tech's more unusual scores ;)
C-Sniper 7th June 2011, 14:33 Quote
Just checking my math, but SSD's in the near future seem to be reaching the max data rate of SATA 6Gb/s (750MB/s) in a rapid fashion. The vertex 3 is running at 500MB/s+ on the 1024kb read/write and with each generation getting much higher read/write speeds than the prior it seems to be only until the middle of next year or the end of 2012 that we will have completely maxed SATA 6Gb/s.

I am now wondering how the manufacturers will conform to this or if they will find a way around it?
rollo 7th June 2011, 14:47 Quote
Think speeds will slowly increase and the price slowly come down would be a hope Many have
boz4442 7th June 2011, 15:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by 3lusive
Posted by CallsignVega:
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There are dozens if not hundreds of people on the OCZ support forum having this exact issue. All their tech support is saying is to RMA the drives like that is some simple solution!

Given OCZ's stability problems with some other their other ssd's, I honestly would avoid them at least till they can clear these issues up

http://www.overclock.net/ssd/1028489-ocz-living-up-reputation-vertex-3-a.html


Doesn't look to be just OCZ issue, would appear that the Corsair Force3s with the same controller are having issues. Maybe hold back a little while and see what happens?

http://translate.google.se/translate?sl=sv&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sweclockers.com%2Fnyhet%2F14078-extra-problem-med-sandforce-2-aterkallelse-i-sikte
Hakuren 7th June 2011, 15:14 Quote
VALUE - 21/25

Excuse me but that was one nasty hit in the head for sure.

Value is somewhere around 2. 400 £? Really is 400 £ such good value for 240GB?! Credit-crunch, economic downturn? What credit crunch, what economic downturn!

Couldn't care less about SSDs. Just to point out that OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G costs 50 Pounds less, with slightly better transfer rates.
phuzz 7th June 2011, 16:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
Are SSD ever going to be affordable?

That's a bit like asking if graphics cards are ever going to become affordable. SSDs are already affordable (for a given value of affordable), but the best ones are bloody expensive. In the same way, you can pick up a pretty good graphics card for £100-150, but a top of the range is going to be £££.
It is a good question for the BT boys though: Are there any SSDs that are worth buying that cost less than £100?
mclean007 7th June 2011, 17:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by phuzz
Are there any SSDs that are worth buying that cost less than £100?
Well it depends what you need. You can pick up a 60GB OCZ Agility 3, which also uses Sandforce 2281 but with slightly slower NAND I believe, for £95, or if write speeds aren't too important you can get a 64GB Crucial M4 for about £90. Both would make an awesome system disk.
Sentinel-R1 7th June 2011, 18:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hakuren
VALUE - 21/25

Excuse me but that was one nasty hit in the head for sure.

Value is somewhere around 2. 400 £? Really is 400 £ such good value for 240GB?! Credit-crunch, economic downturn? What credit crunch, what economic downturn!

Couldn't care less about SSDs. Just to point out that OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G costs 50 Pounds less, with slightly better transfer rates.

Actually, it reads value is 21 out of 35 (thirty-five).... and yes, I agree with the review. I think that's a fair representation of the value of this drive. Just because it's out of the reach of the pockets of Joe Average, that doesn't make it poor value - because 'value' isn't the same as cost.

By the same token, it's not as good value as the M4 offering from Crucial... but that's the price you pay for ultimate speed.
Sentinel-R1 7th June 2011, 18:10 Quote
double post in error
Yslen 7th June 2011, 18:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by mclean007
Well it depends what you need. You can pick up a 60GB OCZ Agility 3, which also uses Sandforce 2281 but with slightly slower NAND I believe, for £95, or if write speeds aren't too important you can get a 64GB Crucial M4 for about £90. Both would make an awesome system disk.

Scan was selling the 64GB M4 for £86 the other day. As of this morning I am using one as a system drive... it's epicly fast. Also, there's plenty of space. So far I've installed Windows, various browsers and media players, Adobe Lightroom and League of Legends on it... that's 15GB used, I have 44GB free.
Tr1p0d 7th June 2011, 18:29 Quote
I bought the 240GB Vertex 3 on Sunday night (not yet arrived). Slightly concerned about this BSOD issue. I'm already running a OCZ Vertex 1 120GB as my main OS drive... looks like I'll be continuing to use that for a little bit yet. Pity as the V3 goes like stink looking at the numbers!

Curious with the value score on the review and the subsequent comment: "However, despite using the same amount of 25nm NAND as the 256GB Crucial M4, the Vertex 3 240GB costs £100 more"
Is that true? I bought the V3 for £390 (with free delivery), and the cheapest Crucial M4 I could find (quickly, mind) was £330... £60 difference. Hardly the hyperbole the review seems to suggest.
PabloFunky 7th June 2011, 18:36 Quote
I went for the 512g M4 and a 256g C300.

Sadly with my ud9 mobo, i cant reach the top speeds anyway, so a vertex 3 would be wasted, as i dont plan on getting rid of ud9 for a while, unless i could guarantee a plug in card that would run it at its top speeds.

Then maybe i would purchase a small vertex 3 just to see what it can do.
mashles 7th June 2011, 18:43 Quote
ive had my vertex 3 for a few weeks now and the only issues i had were lock ups caused by intels LPM feature. Since i turned that off with the reg keys (google it) I have not had any issues, and its noticeably faster then tha Samsung PB22J I've had for a year or so.
impar 7th June 2011, 19:23 Quote
Greetings!

Sandforce based SSDs seem too unstable.

Corsair has asked for all Force 3 120GB to be returned:
http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=95825
bothaus 7th June 2011, 19:59 Quote
Stability may have more to do with the vendors. I have no problems with lappy or desktop OWC 6G 240GB. Working great with newer firmware. Primarily on Mac OS atm though. Maybe a Windows and Sandforce thing. Maybe native GC interferes with Trim. Maybe Corsair sucks.
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