Average Bench: 58.4% (533rd of 859)

Based on 6,003 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 41.5% 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 71.4MB/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 26.8%. 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 110MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 6,003 samples)
Min Avg Max
311 Read 463 514
106 Write 130 147
151 Mixed 190 221
56.7% 261 MB/s
Min Avg Max
16.7 4K Read 24.7 34
33.5 4K Write 71.4 112
9.35 4K Mixed 13.9 19.3
93% 36.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
21.2 DQ Read 110 183
51 DQ Write 118 147
9.56 DQ Mixed 31.1 48.1
46.4% 86.6 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
112GB free
Firmware: 2.25 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 515
Write 156
Mixed 220
65% 297 MB/s
4K Read 25.7
4K Write 62.9
4K Mixed 16.8
94% 35.2 MB/s
DQ Read 171
DQ Write 135
DQ Mixed 44.2
63% 117 MB/s
67GB free
Firmware: 2.15 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 500
Write 127
Mixed 198
60% 275 MB/s
4K Read 24.7
4K Write 75
4K Mixed 17.1
99% 39 MB/s
DQ Read 140
DQ Write 129
DQ Mixed 49.8
60% 106 MB/s
97GB free
Firmware: 2.25 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 507
Write 121
Mixed 199
60% 276 MB/s
4K Read 23
4K Write 59.2
4K Mixed 13.9
84% 32 MB/s
DQ Read 168
DQ Write 96.5
DQ Mixed 41.7
55% 102 MB/s
5GB free
Firmware: 2.25 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 509
Write 116
Mixed 176
58% 267 MB/s
4K Read 20.4
4K Write 55.1
4K Mixed 16.9
82% 30.8 MB/s
DQ Read 124
DQ Write 126
DQ Mixed 45.2
56% 98.5 MB/s
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Typical Vertex 3 120GB Builds (Compare 7,971 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 59%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 61%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 38%
Jet ski

Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 - $260

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 59% - Above average Total price: $1,198

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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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