OCZ Vertex 3 Solid State Drive Performance Preview
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 02-24-2011
Provided by: OCZ Technology
Setup / Testing

I will be testing the Vertex 3 on the following hardware:

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
Noctua NH-D14 Cooler
2x 4GB OCZ Flex XTE PC3-16000
50GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD for OS drive
Sparkle GT 250 Low Profile VGA
BFG Tech MX 550W PSU
Corsair 800D Chassis
Windows 7 Home Edition 64-bit

As per OCZ's suggestion (and general SSD usage in general), I will be testing the Vertex 3 under the following circumstances (the same as I test every SSD when applicable).

Intel RST installed
Auto defragmentation disabled
Screen saver disabled
Power profile set to Always On: Sleep set to Never, Turn off HDD set to Never
Sidebar disabled
Indexing disabled

Additionally, OCZ cautions that users on Marvell 9128 or 9130 controllers will see lower performance scores – “This Marvell controller uses a PCI-Express Gen2 x1 lane interface to the system which limits performance. The internal processor in this chipset also limits IOPS.”

I will be using the following benchmarks with the Vertex 3 Beta:

CrystalDiskMark 3.0 x64
ATTO Disk Benchmark 2.46
AS SSD 1.5.3784.37609
SiSoft Sandra Lite 2011b
HD Tune 2.55
IOMeter 2008
Real world file transfer

And here are the results, in no particular order.

For the real world file transfer test, I measured how long it took to copy two sets of files from one location to another on the drive. For the small files test, I transferred 557 MP3 files, totaling 2.56GB. For the large file, I zipped these same MP3s into a single file measuring 2.52GB in size. Results are below:

Small File Transfer Time: 17 seconds
Large File Transfer Time: 14 seconds

Let's move ahead and wrap things up with a conclusion.

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