Average Bench: 68% (632nd of 1016)

Based on 15,567 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 32.0% 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 127MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 33.4MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the OCZ Vertex 3 120GB is 30.3%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the OCZ Vertex 3 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 120MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 141MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 15,567 samples)
Min Avg Max
303 Read 378 430
118 Write 141 156
158 Mixed 190 209
89.9 SusWrite 120 137
45.8% 207 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19 4K Read 28 35.4
38.8 4K Write 78 116
22.5 4K Mixed 33.4 41.5
127% 46.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
34.4 DQ Read 164 191
94.8 DQ Write 136 154
38.5 DQ Mixed 127 162
101% 142 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
29GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2.15
SusWrite @10s intervals: 103 122 125 122 121 114 MB/s
Read 395
Write 139
Mixed 192
SusWrite 118
46% 211 MB/s
4K Read 34.3
4K Write 103
4K Mixed 40.4
158% 59.2 MB/s
DQ Read 178
DQ Write 137
DQ Mixed 151
115% 155 MB/s
53GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2.25
SusWrite @10s intervals: 133 134 127 125 117 126 MB/s
Read 423
Write 143
Mixed 200
SusWrite 127
49% 223 MB/s
4K Read 34.6
4K Write 106
4K Mixed 35.4
154% 58.6 MB/s
DQ Read 182
DQ Write 142
DQ Mixed 116
99% 147 MB/s
78GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2.28.20
SusWrite @10s intervals: 114 112 117 113 117 116 MB/s
Read 376
Write 138
Mixed 175
SusWrite 115
44% 201 MB/s
4K Read 32.9
4K Write 100
4K Mixed 39.5
154% 57.6 MB/s
DQ Read 165
DQ Write 122
DQ Mixed 101
87% 129 MB/s
76GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2.15
SusWrite @10s intervals: 111 119 118 121 122 123 MB/s
Read 290
Write 143
Mixed 179
SusWrite 119
41% 183 MB/s
4K Read 25.2
4K Write 58.1
4K Mixed 29
106% 37.4 MB/s
DQ Read 32.4
DQ Write 95.8
DQ Mixed 37.5
36% 55.2 MB/s
73GB free (System drive)
Firmware: .20
SusWrite @10s intervals: 111 108 101 110 116 113 MB/s
Read 320
Write 126
Mixed 176
SusWrite 110
41% 183 MB/s
4K Read 17.5
4K Write 58.3
4K Mixed 26.9
92% 34.2 MB/s
DQ Read 154
DQ Write 128
DQ Mixed 98.4
85% 127 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 21,395,411 SSDs tested.

Typical Vertex 3 120GB Builds (Compare 17,051 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 49%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 59%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 33%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 - $183

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 37% - Below average Total price: $922

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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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