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OCZ announces Vertex 3 SSD series

OCZ announces Vertex 3 SSD series

OCZ's Vertex 3 range of SSDs promises speeds of up to 550MB/sec thanks to a new SandForce controller.

OCZ has taken the wraps off its new line-up off Vertex SSDs, based on the next-generation SandForce SF-2000 controller series. What's more, if the company's preliminary performance figures prove true, it could be on to a winner.

The OCZ Vertex 3 series will come in two flavours: a consumer-grade version called the Vertex 3 Pro, which uses multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory, and an enterprise-grade version known as the Vertex 3 EX, which will feature single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory.

Both versions feature 2.5in housing, a SATA 6Gbps interface, and the new SandForce SF-2000 series controller. They will also be available in capacities of 50GB, 100GB, 200GB and 400GB.

The drives' performance appears to justify the use of the high-speed SATA connection, with OCZ claiming that the higher end models can reach read speeds of 550MB/sec read and write speeds of up to 525MB/sec. Apparently, these figures were also obtained without any 'cheating' with in-built RAID controllers, so support for TRIM should still be included as standard.

Sadly, while OCZ is currently demoing pre-release versions of the drives at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it's not quite ready to send the drives out yet. Instead, it's predicting a retail launch some time in the second quarter of this year.

Are you impressed with the speeds that OCZ says it can get out of a single SSD, or are you withholding judgement until you see the prices and independent benchmarks? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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theflatworm 6th January 2011, 15:08 Quote
****. And I just bought a Vertex 2 :(.
ringoiom 6th January 2011, 15:21 Quote
Ditto flatworm......but if we all waited for the next release of anything - none of us would ever upgrade lol
Landy_Ed 6th January 2011, 15:25 Quote
ditto ringo. I'm waiting for my intel x-25m 80Gb, had I waited till after the new year it would have gone up in price by £30 (including the vat hike I suppose), and would have therefore affected my choice. CPU went up in price after I bought, GPU went down twice before it even got to me (supplier refunded the difference, thankfully)
Neonhalo 6th January 2011, 15:42 Quote
My waiting to buy a SSD has finally paid off! Huzzah!
Neonhalo 6th January 2011, 15:43 Quote
Or is it *an* SSD.. Forgive me, grammar police!
theflatworm 6th January 2011, 15:55 Quote
I spose I could always have both. It's not like 120GB of super-speedy drive wouldn't be a situation much improved by the addition of 100-200GB of super, super-speedy drive... :)
mi1ez 6th January 2011, 16:02 Quote
@Neon. Either would be correct.
Pete J 6th January 2011, 16:28 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by theflatworm
****. And I just bought a Vertex 2 :(.
I know how you feel!

Oh well, I'm not upgrading my motherboard any time soon; with no SATA 6GB this would've made no real difference for me.
pistol_pete 6th January 2011, 17:00 Quote
I bought a vertex 2e back in the summer, likewise, don't regret it... It's all good, as one day it will run out me space and when I do need to add to it the bigger, faster, cheaper the better! Btw, any ideas how much this would cost? Does it use fancy nand or is it the controller?
Tangster 6th January 2011, 17:28 Quote
Sandforce huh. Better wait for benchmarks then. Still if it's <£1.20 per GB I'd certainly consider it.
PabloFunky 6th January 2011, 17:32 Quote
I might wait till the c400 series comes out, and weigh things up at that time.
mrbens 6th January 2011, 18:07 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pete J
Quote:
Originally Posted by theflatworm
****. And I just bought a Vertex 2 :(.
I know how you feel!

Oh well, I'm not upgrading my motherboard any time soon; with no SATA 6GB this would've made no real difference for me.

You can buy a PCI-E card for about £24 that adds 2x Sata6 (internal) & 2x USB3 (external) ports instead of buying a new mobo :)

I'd love one of these new Vertex 3. My current SSD uses the same controller as the Vertex 1 (which is still fast enough!)

No plans to upgrade OS drive tho, just installed the amazing Asus Essence STX audiophile headphone amp soundcard and some nice Grado headphones for music. :D Well recommended.
msm722 6th January 2011, 19:05 Quote
Thanks for the link mrbens, looks good :)
l3v1ck 7th January 2011, 19:17 Quote
I'm just glad they can get those speeds without Trim being an issue.
play_boy_2000 7th January 2011, 21:04 Quote
I just picked up a sandforce based corsair drive and I don't regret it one bit. Sure faster is better, but after spending the previous 2 decades in mechanical HDD la la land, sandforce is one hell of an upgrade :D
Whitesky 8th January 2011, 15:41 Quote
Just bought a C300.. ah well Q2 would be too long away for the circumstances anyways

Interested to see new vertexes and next line from crucial go head to head, lot of improvements over past year in the ssd field alone
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