Average Bench: 66.7% (644th of 1012)

Based on 15,483 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 33.2% 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-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 125MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 28.3MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the OCZ Vertex 3 120GB is 30.2%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the OCZ Vertex 3 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 118MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 141MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 15,483 samples)
Min Avg Max
302 Read 375 425
116 Write 141 157
152 Mixed 189 207
90.8 SusWrite 118 136
45.4% 206 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20.2 4K Read 28.3 35.3
32.1 4K Write 73.6 113
22.1 4K Mixed 32.7 41.2
124% 44.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
34 DQ Read 163 191
84.2 DQ Write 133 153
36.7 DQ Mixed 125 161
99.7% 140 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
37GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2.22
SusWrite @10s intervals: 132 120 101 107 102 102 MB/s
Read 417
Write 131
Mixed 123
SusWrite 111
43% 195 MB/s
4K Read 24.7
4K Write 67.7
4K Mixed 31.2
113% 41.2 MB/s
DQ Read 172
DQ Write 126
DQ Mixed 140
107% 146 MB/s
16GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2.15
SusWrite @10s intervals: 117 119 121 118 121 116 MB/s
Read 381
Write 143
Mixed 199
SusWrite 119
46% 211 MB/s
4K Read 25
4K Write 52.1
4K Mixed 27.8
101% 35 MB/s
DQ Read 192
DQ Write 144
DQ Mixed 149
116% 161 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 20,094,986 SSDs tested.

Typical Vertex 3 120GB Builds (Compare 16,390 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 49%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 58%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 32%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 - $167

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 40% - Below average Total price: $982

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 Comments

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

More bang for the buck...

Added 5 years ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

2 years 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

5 years ago.


Terrible

2 years ago.

ocz vertex 120gb = very useful on garbage


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