Average Bench: 58% (539th of 862)

Based on 8,338 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 Write Speed 71.3MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 24.1MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the OCZ Vertex 3 120GB is 27%. 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 130MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 108MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 8,338 samples)
Min Avg Max
312 Read 461 511
105 Write 130 152
142 Mixed 190 226
56.5% 260 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.7 4K Read 24.1 33.1
35.2 4K Write 71.3 114
9.06 4K Mixed 13.7 19.1
91.8% 36.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.5 DQ Read 108 184
51.2 DQ Write 119 147
8.27 DQ Mixed 31 49.8
46.2% 86.2 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
71GB free
Firmware: 2.15 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 493
Write 132
Mixed 192
59% 272 MB/s
4K Read 22.2
4K Write 89.9
4K Mixed 14.5
100% 42.2 MB/s
DQ Read 180
DQ Write 146
DQ Mixed 46.7
67% 124 MB/s
9GB free
Firmware: 2.22 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 323
Write 135
Mixed 163
45% 207 MB/s
4K Read 19.7
4K Write 42.7
4K Mixed 12.8
69% 25.1 MB/s
DQ Read 104
DQ Write 130
DQ Mixed 36.3
50% 90.1 MB/s
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Controller: SandForce SF2281. NAND: Intel 25nm Synchronous MLC

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ocz vertex 120gb = very useful on garbage


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