Average Bench: 58.4% (602nd of 921)

Based on 10,081 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 71.6MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 24.4MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the OCZ Vertex 3 120GB is 27.3%. 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 132MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 108MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 10,081 samples)
Min Avg Max
328 Read 465 510
107 Write 132 149
150 Mixed 193 222
57.2% 263 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.9 4K Read 24.4 33.2
32.5 4K Write 71.6 110
8.87 4K Mixed 13.7 19.3
92.4% 36.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20.1 DQ Read 108 184
48.1 DQ Write 118 148
8.55 DQ Mixed 30.2 48.6
45.7% 85.5 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
48GB free
Firmware: 2.15 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 472
Write 112
Mixed 158
54% 247 MB/s
4K Read 31.5
4K Write 95.8
4K Mixed 17
120% 48.1 MB/s
DQ Read 114
DQ Write 134
DQ Mixed 42.1
54% 97 MB/s
17GB free
Firmware: 2.28.20 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 462
Write 126
Mixed 189
56% 259 MB/s
4K Read 25.3
4K Write 96.9
4K Mixed 17.7
112% 46.6 MB/s
DQ Read 81.2
DQ Write 128
DQ Mixed 18.2
38% 75.6 MB/s
52GB free
Firmware: 2.15 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 494
Write 135
Mixed 200
60% 276 MB/s
4K Read 28.2
4K Write 72.3
4K Mixed 11.7
96% 37.4 MB/s
DQ Read 31
DQ Write 78.9
DQ Mixed 11.4
21% 40.4 MB/s
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Typical Vertex 3 120GB Builds (Compare 2,642 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 58%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 59%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 41%
Speed boat

Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 59% - Above average Total price: $997

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 Comments

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

More bang for the buck...

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4 months ago.

Have used this drive for about 7 years now. Still performs wonderfully. I got it for about 80 bucks on sale at the time and it seems to outperform many other drives that are newer around the same price today.


Very poor

4 years ago.


Terrible

11 months ago.

ocz vertex 120gb = very useful on garbage


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