Model: OCZ Vertex 3 3.5" 120GB Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: OCZ Technology
Provided By: OCZ Technology

OCZ Technology is no stranger to the computer industry. Founded by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts, the company entered the memory market in 2002. Determined to manufacture the very best memory for overclockers, OCZ quickly established itself as a leader in the industry by breaking speed barriers and maintaining a reputation of quality. Today, OCZ continues to innovate. Along with their line of enthusiast-oriented power supplies, the company offers a wide range of high-performance SSD solutions for the enterprise and consumer markets.

The Vertex 3 has been on the market for more than a year now and, while it is no longer OCZ's flagship SSD, the drive isn't close to retirement yet. In fact, OCZ recently introduced two new SSDs based on the Vertex 3 platform. Along with the 7mm thick Vertex 3 Low Profile, the company now offers a 3.5" version designed specifically for workstation and desktop PCs. Available in capacities ranging from 120GB up to 480GB, the Vertex 3 3.5" is powered by LSI's SandForce SF-2282 processor and features a SATA 6GB/s interface as well as native TRIM support. This desktop-ready SSD also uses 25nm synchronous MLC NAND flash to deliver up to 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write transfer rates and a maximum of 85,000 4KB random write IOPS.

For this review, OCZ sent us the 120GB version of the Vertex 3 3.5". This SSD is capable of delivering up to 550 MB/s sequential read and 500 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 20,000 random read and 60,000 random write IOPS.

   OCZ Vertex 3 3.5" 120GB Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number VTX3-35SAT3-120G
Capacity 120GB
Flash Type 25nm Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
Controller SandForce SF-2282
Form Factor 3.5-inch
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s

Sequential Read 550 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 500 MB/s Max
4K Random Read 20,000 IOPS (75 MB/s)
4K Random Write 60,000 IOPS (235 MB/s)
Maximum 4K Random Write 85,000 IOPS (330 MB/s)
Seek Time .1 ms

MTBF 2 million hours

Power Consumption
Active 1.8 Watts
Idle 0.55 Watts

Operating Temperature 0 ºC to 70 ºC
Ambient Temperature 0 ºC to 55 ºC
Storage Temperature -45 ºC to 85 ºC
Shock 1500G

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 146 x 101.6 x 11 mm
Weight 135g

Other Features
3.5" slim form factor
Three year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the Vertex 3 3.5" has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at OCZ's new SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the Vertex 3 3.5" have what it takes? Can it deliver the performance we've come to expect from OCZ's Vertex series? Keep reading as we find out.

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