Average Bench: 58.9% (509th of 848)

Based on 5,243 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 41.0% 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 Write Speed 73.6MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 24.7MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the OCZ Vertex 3 120GB is 26.5%. 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 131MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 114MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,243 samples)
Min Avg Max
325 Read 460 511
107 Write 131 151
143 Mixed 190 219
56.6% 260 MB/s
Min Avg Max
16.3 4K Read 24.7 33.7
35.9 4K Write 73.6 113
9.13 4K Mixed 13.9 19.3
94.3% 37.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
21 DQ Read 114 186
50.7 DQ Write 122 149
8.47 DQ Mixed 31.2 48.5
47.5% 89.2 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
9GB free
Firmware: 2.22 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 488
Write 118
Mixed 179
57% 262 MB/s
4K Read 27.9
4K Write 115
4K Mixed 9.89
116% 50.9 MB/s
DQ Read 25.7
DQ Write 133
DQ Mixed 9.86
28% 56.2 MB/s
30GB free
Firmware: 2.50 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 476
Write 129
Mixed 206
59% 270 MB/s
4K Read 29.6
4K Write 77.8
4K Mixed 12.1
102% 39.8 MB/s
DQ Read 28.2
DQ Write 67
DQ Mixed 11.3
19% 35.5 MB/s
36GB free
Firmware: 2.25 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 485
Write 135
Mixed 208
60% 276 MB/s
4K Read 29
4K Write 65.3
4K Mixed 11.2
93% 35.2 MB/s
DQ Read 29.1
DQ Write 68.3
DQ Mixed 23.5
25% 40.3 MB/s
64GB free
Firmware: 2.25 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 481
Write 131
Mixed 197
59% 270 MB/s
4K Read 16.9
4K Write 55.6
4K Mixed 12.2
71% 28.2 MB/s
DQ Read 165
DQ Write 145
DQ Mixed 37.4
60% 116 MB/s
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Typical Vertex 3 120GB Builds (Compare 1,615 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 59%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 60%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 41%
Speed boat

Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 61% - Good Total price: $1,015

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