Average Bench: 58% (534th of 850)

Based on 5,775 user benchmarks.  Models: OCZ-VERTEX3, OCZ-VERT OCZ-VERTEX3, OCZ-VERTEX3 LP, OCZ-VERT EX3

The 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 is almost 3 years old which makes it twice as old as most of the drives in the group test. With sequential peak and average read/write speeds of 510/157 and 390/130 MB/s the 120GB Vertex 3 has good read speeds but lags the group leaders by 50% at writing. This is explained by its Sandforce 2281 controller which is infamous for stability issues and relatively slow incompressible data write speeds. Small file 4K peak and average read/write speeds clocked in at 31/103 and 23/61 MB/s which matches the group leaders, a superb result considering the Vertex 3's age. Overall the 120GB Vertex 3 has an effective speed of 383 MB/s which is only 16% lower than the group leaders which averaged 444 MB/s. The Vertex is a capable drive let down only by its relatively slow peak sequential write speed of 157 MB/s. [Feb '14 SSDrivePro]

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Average average bench

The OCZ Vertex 3 120GB averaged 42.0% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 24.8MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 70.9MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the OCZ Vertex 3 120GB is 29%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the OCZ Vertex 3 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Write Speed 129MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 110MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,775 samples)
Min Avg Max
311 Read 455 511
100 Write 129 149
141 Mixed 189 220
55.9% 257 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.7 4K Read 24.8 33.7
34.7 4K Write 70.9 113
8.83 4K Mixed 13.7 19.4
92.7% 36.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
22 DQ Read 110 184
54.2 DQ Write 119 147
8.93 DQ Mixed 29.9 48.1
45.9% 86.5 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
61GB free
Firmware: 2.22 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 515
Write 140
Mixed 201
62% 285 MB/s
4K Read 29.7
4K Write 118
4K Mixed 22.2
136% 56.5 MB/s
DQ Read 143
DQ Write 139
DQ Mixed 52.7
64% 112 MB/s
61GB free
Firmware: 2.15 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 504
Write 130
Mixed 191
60% 275 MB/s
4K Read 30.2
4K Write 86.4
4K Mixed 12.5
107% 43 MB/s
DQ Read 32.3
DQ Write 133
DQ Mixed 11.8
30% 59.2 MB/s
25GB free
Firmware: Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 466
Write 117
Mixed 156
53% 246 MB/s
4K Read 19.9
4K Write 88.3
4K Mixed 16.8
98% 41.6 MB/s
DQ Read 22.1
DQ Write 101
DQ Mixed 44.9
39% 56.1 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 2,866,140 SSDs tested.

Typical Vertex 3 120GB Builds (Compare 1,873 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 58%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 60%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 41%
Speed boat

Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $884

Popular Vertex 3 120GB compatible motherboards:

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Controller: SandForce SF2281. NAND: Intel 25nm Synchronous MLC

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Very poor

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Terrible

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ocz vertex 120gb = very useful on garbage


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