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Thursday, 03 March 2011 08:25

OCZ shows its Vertex 3 in action

Written by Slobodan Simic
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CeBIT 2011: The new Sandforce controllers in full glory

Since it stopped memory production for the time being, OCZ has been focusing on SSD market even more and during Cebit we had a chance to see the new Vertex lineup in its full glorry running at 550MB/s read and 525MB/s write.

OCZ has a full lineup of Vertex 3 drives including the Vertex 3 Pro and EX, 1.8-inch one, 3.5-inch one and of course the plain Vertex. It features the SATA 6Gbps interface, will be available in capacities ranging from 128GB (64GB for the EX) to 512GB and will be based on different Sandforce controllers depending on the model. The EX and the Pro one will both be running on Sandforce SF-2582 controller and as always the only difference will be in the type of chips used as the Pro will be available with MLC and eMLC while the EX will stick to SLC chips.

The plain Vertex 3 will be using MLC chips combined with Sandforce SF-2281 controller. The entire lineup has the same 550MB/s and 525MB/s read and write speeds ad the 4K random write starts at 60K IOPS for the plain one, 70K IOPS for the Pro version and an impressive 80K IOPS for the EX model.

The last two members of the Vertex 3 lineup are the 1.8-inch and the 3.5-inch Vertex 3 drives that will be pretty much the same as the plain 2.5-inch Vertex 3 except for the fact that the 1.8-inch one will be available in capacities ranging from 64 to 256GB while the 3.5-inch one will go up to 512GB.

SSDs are getting pretty fast and we were told that the price shouldn't be too steep and we will surely keep an eye out for them.

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+12 #1 loadwick 2011-03-03 10:11
'Prices are meant to be not too steep'?

I will believe that when i see it!

No one brings out a product that destroys the competion and doesn't cash in on it.
 
 
+3 #2 loadwick 2011-03-03 12:12
Personally i think one of the best price/performace SSDs i've seen is the Photofast GMonster3-XV2.

Read - 500MB/s
Write - 450MB/s

And the prices are meant to be:
64GB - $110
128GB - $200
256GB - $400
512GB - $800

Out in April. It won't beat the Vortex 3's but it will be a quarter of the price.
 
 
+7 #3 Memristor 2011-03-03 13:28
Quoting loadwick:
Personally i think one of the best price/performace SSDs i've seen is the Photofast GMonster3-XV2.

Read - 500MB/s
Write - 450MB/s

And the prices are meant to be:
64GB - $110
128GB - $200
256GB - $400
512GB - $800

Out in April. It won't beat the Vortex 3's but it will be a quarter of the price.


Here are the Vertex 3 suggested retail prices: (source Anantech)
128GB - $249
256GB - $499

Hardly 4 times more than Photofast, how about 25% more. And as we know you can always find a OCZ SSD for 10-25% below retail.
 
 
0 #4 rickster 2011-03-03 21:29
So tempting but I'm satisfied with my Corsair Force in both my desktop and laptop.
 
 
+2 #5 loadwick 2011-03-03 21:56
@Memristor
Quoting Memristor:
Here are the Vertex 3 suggested retail prices: (source Anantech)
128GB - $249
256GB - $499



If they are the correct prices then i would be quite surprised, but happy and would be the proud owner of a 128GB Vortex 3!

At the moment a high-end 128GB drive is about $400-600, why would a drive that is so much better be so much less?
 
 
+1 #6 nECrO 2011-03-04 22:20
Impressive. And just when I was still drooling over Intel's new stuff. With speeds like that I don't care if it's 25 or 34nm...
 
 
+1 #7 loadwick 2011-03-08 21:42
Quoting Memristor:
Here are the Vertex 3 suggested retail prices: (source Anantech)
128GB - $249
256GB - $499

Hardly 4 times more than Photofast, how about 25% more. And as we know you can always find a OCZ SSD for 10-25% below retail.





Vortex 3 is in the shops here in England and its $360 for the 120GB with current exchange rate. Certainly not crazy money but still too much for my tastes. I think the magic price point will be around £1 per GB or $1.50 per GB.
 

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