Average Bench: 58.4% (521st of 848)

Based on 5,171 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 70.8MB/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 26%. 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 114MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,171 samples)
Min Avg Max
321 Read 459 514
104 Write 132 154
147 Mixed 191 222
56.7% 261 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.9 4K Read 24.4 33.4
29.2 4K Write 70.8 113
8.66 4K Mixed 13.9 19.1
92.3% 36.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20.5 DQ Read 114 185
53.7 DQ Write 122 149
8.59 DQ Mixed 32.4 49
48.1% 89.6 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
11GB free
Firmware: 2.25 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 501
Write 137
Mixed 200
61% 279 MB/s
4K Read 28.3
4K Write 74.1
4K Mixed 17
104% 39.8 MB/s
DQ Read 177
DQ Write 140
DQ Mixed 31.3
58% 116 MB/s
15GB free
Firmware: 2.22 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 466
Write 128
Mixed 199
58% 264 MB/s
4K Read 23.5
4K Write 93.6
4K Mixed 13.8
103% 43.6 MB/s
DQ Read 171
DQ Write 141
DQ Mixed 43.3
63% 118 MB/s
87GB free
Firmware: 2.15 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 304
Write 124
Mixed 172
44% 200 MB/s
4K Read 23.4
4K Write 67
4K Mixed 12.1
86% 34.1 MB/s
DQ Read 19.9
DQ Write 115
DQ Mixed 12.9
26% 49.4 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 2,574,185 SSDs tested.

Typical Vertex 3 120GB Builds (Compare 5,641 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 - $147

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $1,025

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

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