Introducing the OCZ Vertex 3
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OCZ is a pioneering force in the SSD industry, usually being the quickest to market with the latest controllers and NAND technology. The firm recently shut down the DRAM division of its business in order to concentrate even more closely on solid state drives, and to that end also acquired Indilinx – designer of the well-regarded Barefoot controller. The Barefoot powered the original OCZ Vertex SSD, and enabled it to act as the only true competition to the all-conquering Intel X25-M at its time of release. For its second generation Vertex drives OCZ switched to a SandForce based controller, a partnership that continues with the Vertex 3 we have in our hands today.
Externally the Vertex 3 looks very similar to its processors. It’s packaged within a 2.5” notebook form factor and has a matt black finish. The drive also ships with a 3.5” bracket allowing users to easily install the drives within desktop cases. The 120GB Vertex 3 has a formatted capacity of 112GB and uses a 6Gb/s interface. Under the hood the drive uses the new SandForce SF-2281controller; one of the quickest on the market – at least on paper.
Availability of the Vertex 3 has not been great since its release, but we were pleased to see plentiful stock at time of writing at Overclockers UK, who were kind enough to provide our sample. You can buy your drive here.