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OCZ 120GB Vertex 3 SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 550MB/s Read and  Max 4KB Write 85K IOPS- VTX3-25SAT3-120G

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120 GB
  • Life Expectancy: 2 million hours Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF), ECC Recovery: Up to 16 bytes correctable per 512-byte sector
  • NAND Flash Components: 2Xnm Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash Memory, Interface: SATA III 6.0Gbp/s, Form Factor: 2.5" slim design form factor
  • Max Read: up to 550MB/s, Max Write: up to 500 MB/s, 4KB Random Write: I/O Per Second (IOPS): 60,000 IOPS, Seek time: 0.1 ms, Controller: SandForce 2281
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Product Description

Size: 120 GB | Style: 9mm

Product Description

As the third generation of the legendary VertexSeries,OCZ Vertex3 Solid-state Drives are designed and built to unleash the full potential of the 6Gbps SATA3 interface. The OCZVertex3 pushes the limits in both sequential and random data transfer rates, significantly improving your gaming, multimedia, and overall computing experience over traditional mechanical hard drives. In addition to maximized productivity, a Vertex3 upgrade makes a hard drive- equipped notebook more portable than ever with superior durability and reduced power consumption. Using the latest breakthrough controller and flash technology, Vertex3 SSDs work in perfect harmony with next generation platforms and operating systems to deliver the industry's best storage solution.


Unleashing the performance potential of the SATA 6 Gbps interface, OCX leads the speed revolution with the next-generation Vertex 3 Series solid state drive. As the first SSD to feature the latest Sandforce controller design, OCZ created the Vertex 3 to push the limits in both sequential and random read/write rates to blaze past the competition when every MB/s matters.

With incredible random 4k file writes up to 60,000 IOPS, this SSD takes productivity, gaming, and multimedia applications to the next level to work in perfect symmetry with the latest enthusiast platforms. This model of the 2.5-inch Vertex 3 (VTX3-25SAT3-120G) offers 120 GB of storage capacity and a 500 MB/s maximum write speed.

Built with the quality, reliability, and durability that lives up to the OCZ name, the Vertex 3 Series easily integrates into today's mobile and desktop platforms, and it features TRIM support to optimize performance over the drive's lifespan as the ultimate Windows 7 companion. It's backed by a 3-year limited warranty.

The OCZ Vertex 3 2.5-inch SSD with included adapter (view larger).

Superior PC Experience

In addition to maximum performance, a Vertex 3 upgrade promotes cooler, quieter, and more energy efficient conditions compared to traditional mechanical hard drives. With no moving parts, SSDs provide peace of mind with their superior durability and reliability. Read more about SSDs below.

At a Glance
120 GB Vertex 3 SATA III
2.5-Inch SSD
At a Glance
  • Up to 550 MB/s maximum reads and 500 MB/s of maximum writes

  • Up to 20,000 random 4K reads and 60,000 random 4K writes

  • SandForce 2281 NAND controller

  • Includes 3.5-inch desktop adapter bracket

  • Compatible with Windows-, Mac- and Linux-based systems

  • 3-year limited warranty
At a Glance


Which OCZ Vertex 3 SSD is Right for You?

  VTX3-25SAT3-60G VTX3-25SAT3-90G VTX3-25SAT3-120G VTX3-25SAT3-240G VTX3-25SAT3-480G
Capacity 60 GB 90 GB 120 GB 240 GB 480 GB
Maximum Reads 535 MB/s 550 MB/s 550 MB/s 550 MB/s 530 MB/s
Maximum Writes 480 MB/s 500 MB/s 500 MB/s 520 MB/s 450 MB/s
Random 4k Read 12,000 IOPS 20,000 IOPS 20,000 IOPS 40,000 IOPS 50,000 IOPS
Random 4k Write 60,000 IOPS 60,000 IOPS 60,000 IOPS 60,000 IOPS 40,000 IOPS
Max Random 4k Write 80,000 IOPS 85,000 IOPS 85,000 IOPS 85,000 IOPS 40,000 IOPS
NAND Components 2Xnm Synchronous Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
Interface SATA III / 6 Gbps
(backwards compatible with SATA II / 3 Gbps but optimized for SATA 6 Gbps)
Form Factor 2.5-inch
NAND Controller SandForce 2281
Dimensions 99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3mm
Weight 77g

More Specifications

  • Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF): 2 million hours
  • Data Path Protection: ECC corrects up to 55 random bits per 512 byte sector (BCH)
  • Product Health Monitoring: Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) Support
  • Serial ATA (SATA): Fully compliant with Serial ATA International Organization (Serial ATA Revision 3.0) and ATA/ATAPI-8 Standard Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
  • Operating System: Windows XP 32-bit / 64-bit; Windows Vista 32-bit / 64-bit; Windows 7 32-bit / 64-bit; Linux; Mac OS X
Additional Features
  • Native TRIM support (requires OS support)
  • Shock resistant up to 1500G
  • Low power consumption (3W active, 1.65W idle)
  • Included 3.5-inch desktop adapter bracket
  • Service & Support: 3-year warranty, toll-free tech support, 24 hour forum support

The SSD Advantage

Whether you're refreshing an older laptop or trying to maximize the potential of the latest platform, SSDs provide substantial benefits over traditional hard drives.

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Greater Durability

Solid State Drives feature a non-mechanical design of NAND flash mounted to circuit boards, shock resistant up to 1500g. Hard disk drives consist of various moving parts making them susceptible to shock and damage.

Faster Performance

SSDs have 100 times greater throughput and instantaneous access times for quicker boot-ups, faster file transfers, and overall snappier performance than hard drives. HDDs can only access the data faster the closer it is from the read/ write heads, while all parts of the SSD can be accessed at once.

Less Power Consumption, Silent Operation, and Lightweight

SSDs use significantly less wattage at peak load than hard disk drives--less than 2W versus 6W for an HDD--delivering longer battery life in notebooks, less power strain on system, and a cooler computing environment. With no moving parts, SSDs run virtually silent in your notebook or PC case to eliminate distracting noises during gaming or entertainment. And SSDs won't weigh down your laptop, netbook, or tablet PC when you're on the go.

SSDs run much cooler than hard disk drives...
...and much quieter, too.

Product Details

Size: 120 GB | Style: 9mm
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.4 x 2.8 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004Q81CKY
  • Item model number: VTX3-25SAT3-120G
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 2, 2011

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very happy with this hard drive!, Great performance, super fast booting, very good value.
This is a KNOWN problem with the SandForce 2281 controller chip used in the Vertex 3 models, and OCZ fails to own up to the issue..
Trevor Joynson
For many users, myself included, this will randomly cause your computer to crash with the blue screen of death.
Ian Montgomerie

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

65 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Chris Angelo on April 21, 2011
Style Name: 9mmSize Name: 240 GB Verified Purchase
I purchased the Vertex 3 specifically for gaming so this will the focus of my review. I've owned all three generations of Vertex drives and I'm most pleased with this drive. That pleasure comes from the capacity and speed of the Vertex 3.

The Vertex 3 drive itself is a 2.5" form factor and comes with a 3.5" adapter this time around. Great for those desktop installs, however you will still need to purchase a SATA cable to connect it. To get the most out of this drive, you'll need a SATA III (6GB) port since the blazzing speed of this drive will max out a SATA II connection.

The drive currently resides in my sandy bridge desktop system as a secondary storage location for all my steam games and Starcraft 2. Along side a Vertex 2 60 gig that is the primary OS disk, the formated capacity of 223GB provides plenty of space for most of the titles that I actively play. It was a bit of a struggle to fit my steam folder on the Vertex 3 as it is quite easy to accumulate numerous titles via steam. With a much higher capacity traditional hard disk, you can keep most all of your titles available locally, but sadly this isn't the case with a drive of this capacity. It's the price you pay for having such blistering fast speed.

You can read a number of reviews stating the theoretical and real world tests illustrating the Vertex 3's speed, but I was mainly concerned with the user experience improvement gained from having one in my system. Copying my 160 gig steam folder was quite fast, maxing out the read transfer rate of my magnetic hard disk at about 75-80 MB per second. After the copy, I proceeded to launch Portal 2 which I had been playing the night before. If you haven't played the game, there are many level transitions that happen between chambers (or in my case deaths).
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161 of 193 people found the following review helpful By Ian Montgomerie on August 23, 2011
Style Name: 9mmSize Name: 240 GB
This drive is built with a SandForce 2281 chip which has a hardware bug. For many users, myself included, this will randomly cause your computer to crash with the blue screen of death. For me, it used to happen every few weeks now it happens every few days. When this problem happens the hard drive will seem to disappear from your computer until you power it off and on again (reset does nothing, because you have to actually cut power to the SandForce 2281 in the drive).

Not everyone sees the bug - it looks like the exact configuration of some computers triggers it much more easily. For the technically minded, each system generates different access patterns to the hard drive and only some patterns will trigger the bug.

Corsair also used this chip in their products and encountered the exact same problem. They issued a recall back in June. The popular AnandTech hardware review site has reproduced this problem and a description of it appears on the first page of their latest review of drives using the SandForce 2281 chip. SandForce has offered to fly in engineers if AnandTech can figure out how to reproduce it more quickly.

Unlike Corsair, OCZ simply lied to all their customers, claiming their issue had nothing to do with the SandForce issue that prompted Corsair to issue a recall, and can be fixed in firmware. Note that "their" firmware is just a renamed version of the SandForce firmware, because the chip manufacturer is the one who writes the firmware controlling the chip. However, after months of firmware updates the problem still occurs.

I haven't even applied the updates personally, I'm just going by the word of all the other people who say they've made no difference. This is because the firmware update process is obscene.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By David H. Kegley on April 18, 2011
Style Name: 9mmSize Name: 240 GB Verified Purchase
I have a 2011 macbook pro 15". This laptop has the 6GB SATA III interface that works great with this drive. I just got the drive today immediately installed it. I have an OWC adapter on the way so I can put my old 750GB drive where the superdrive goes.

I installed OSX, updated, and then installed office 2011 and let it sync up my 400GB exchange mailbox. Then then testing began.

#%^^&$%& this drive is fast! For grins, I configured ALL office apps, safari, firefox all to open on startup. the machine boots in under 30 seconds and all of those apps are loaded before the desktop even appears!

What a great buy this drive was, and very easy to install!
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Terry R. Umbenhaur on September 24, 2011
Style Name: 9mmSize Name: 120 GB
As a user of OCZ Vertex 2 (40GB) SSD for 2 years, I blindingly chose to purchase the Vertex 3 for my new Intel Sandy Bridge build, as it appeared to be the fastest Sata 6 Gbps drive, and the reviews from tech websites gave me the impression of quality product. This was 4 months ago...

After installing Windows 7 SP1, with all the latest patches and drivers for my Intel DZ68DB motherboard, I experienced random freezes where the mouse cursor would stop moving, and occasionally I would be greeted with a bluescreen. I tried replacing the components that are likely to cause the video output to freeze, such as RAM, video card, and USB devices. Nothing fixed my problem, until I cloned my installation to a different SSD. I then realized the "video freeze" and bluescreen issues were directly from my Vertex 3 SSD, so I searched OCZ forums and contacted OCZ support.

OCZ support instructed me to update my already current BIOS and motherboard drivers, and recommended that I not use the Intel RST drivers (rather, I should use the Microsoft drivers). Their forums suggested updating to the latest firmware 2.11, which supposedly solves many bluescreen issues and other problems. After a two-week long back and forth conversation, the resolution was that sleep and hibernate modes were the root cause of my problems, and the fix was to not use sleep or hibernate, and that an RMA of the drive would not fix the issue (OCZ does not issue RMAs automatically, they must be approved internally). I was frustrated with this response, as I was now stuck with an SSD that could not even support power-saving modes that have been in computers for over 10 years.
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