Average Bench: 64.6% (545th of 955)

Based on 10,248 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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Above average average bench

The OCZ Vertex 3 120GB averaged 35.3% 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 80MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 27MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the OCZ Vertex 3 120GB is 35.4%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the OCZ Vertex 3 120GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 121MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 137MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 10,248 samples)
Min Avg Max
313 Read 424 512
110 Write 137 157
158 Mixed 191 216
97.2 SusWrite 121 137
48% 218 MB/s
Min Avg Max
17.1 4K Read 27 35.8
40 4K Write 80 118
9.91 4K Mixed 24.1 41.7
114% 43.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20.9 DQ Read 136 190
62 DQ Write 128 153
9.72 DQ Mixed 78.8 158
73.7% 114 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
111GB free
Firmware: 2.22
SusWrite @10s intervals: 136 127 131 130 122 121 MB/s
Read 401
Write 153
Mixed 199
SusWrite 128
49% 221 MB/s
4K Read 34
4K Write 107
4K Mixed 40.8
160% 60.6 MB/s
DQ Read 189
DQ Write 148
DQ Mixed 160
122% 166 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 7,574,220 SSDs tested.

Typical Vertex 3 120GB Builds (Compare 8,640 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 59%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 62%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 38%
Jet ski

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $836

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 Comments

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

More bang for the buck...

Added 4 years ago.

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7 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

14 months ago.

ocz vertex 120gb = very useful on garbage


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