Average Bench: 67.6% (684th of 1058)

Based on 21,167 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]

Above average average bench

The OCZ Vertex 3 120GB averaged 32.4% 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 133MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 28.3MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the OCZ Vertex 3 120GB is 27.7%. 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 120MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 142MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 21,167 samples)
Min Avg Max
301 Read 379 437
120 Write 142 160
166 Mixed 192 213
92.6 SusWrite 120 138
45.9% 208 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20.2 4K Read 28.3 35.1
37.3 4K Write 75.5 113
22.2 4K Mixed 32.7 41.6
125% 45.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
78.3 DQ Read 171 191
89.5 DQ Write 137 157
52.1 DQ Mixed 133 163
105% 147 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
81GB free
Firmware: 2.15
SusWrite @10s intervals: 118 130 133 107 133 133 MB/s
Read 387
Write 126
Mixed 202
SusWrite 126
46% 210 MB/s
4K Read 36.7
4K Write 125
4K Mixed 42.6
176% 68.1 MB/s
DQ Read 192
DQ Write 145
DQ Mixed 166
125% 168 MB/s
38GB free
Firmware: 2.25
SusWrite @10s intervals: 110 108 114 93 93 94 MB/s
Read 288
Write 151
Mixed 191
SusWrite 102
41% 183 MB/s
4K Read 22.3
4K Write 35.8
4K Mixed 24.9
85% 27.7 MB/s
DQ Read 187
DQ Write 123
DQ Mixed 120
99% 144 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 47,207,092 SSDs tested.

Typical Vertex 3 120GB Builds (Compare 9,594 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 41%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 32%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 41% - Average Total price: $571

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 Comments

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

More bang for the buck...

Added 7 years ago.

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3 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.


Excellent

19 months ago.

Still going strong after 10 years.


Very poor

7 years ago.


Terrible

4 years ago.

ocz vertex 120gb = very useful on garbage


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