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OCZ  Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB SATA 6Gb/s  VTX3MI-25SAT3-240G 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) with up to  550MB/s read and  65k IOPS write

by OCZ
58 customer reviews

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240 GB
  • NAND Flash Components: 2Xnm Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash Memory, I
  • Life Expectancy: 2 million hours Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF), ECC Recovery: Up to 16 bytes correctable per 512-byte sector
  • Max Read: up to 550MB/s, Max Write: up to 520 MB/s, 4KB Random Write: I/O Per Second (IOPS): 75, 000
  • Interface: SATA III 6.0Gbp/s, Form Factor: 2.5" slim design form factor
  • Controller: SandForce 2281.
  • IOPS, Seek time: 0.1 ms,
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Product Description

Size: 240 GB

OCZ Vertex 3 Solid State Drives unleash the performance potential of the SATA 6Gbps interface, leading the speed revolution in this next-generation solution. As the first SSD to feature the latest Sandforce controller design, OCZ designed 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 4k file writes up to 75, 000 IOPS, these latest drives take productivity, gaming, and multimedia applications to the next level to work in perfect symmetry with the latest enthusiast platforms.

Product Information

Size: 240 GB
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Brand NameOCZ
Item model numberVTX3MI-25SAT3-240G
Item Weight3.2 ounces
Item Dimensions L x W x H4 x 0.40 x 2.80 inches
Color Black
Flash Memory Size240
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Shipping Weight7.2 ounces
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Date First AvailableApril 8, 2011
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Omar on June 29, 2011
Size: 120 GB Verified Purchase
I was a bit scared before buying this, since I read all about BSODs and such.
I installed it, and after a day Windows 7 x64 started freezing on me (but no BSOD).
I read around the forums a bit, and discovered that you need to alter a couple of settings to get it to run reliably.
You need to:
1) Enable Hot Plugging for the sata channel where you installed your Vertex 3.
2) Disable LPDM for the same sata channel, by editing your registry as in:

After doing this, the drive has been running flawlessly for over a week now, without a single crash or freeze or BSOD.
The drive is super fast and boots into Win7 with all boot applications loaded in less than 10 seconds.
I am running firmware 1.06, the one that came with the drive.

Having said that, these config. options should be clearly stated in the SSD manual, and they are not.
The firmware update process is a JOKE, way too complicated, although OCZ does offer an ISO for a bootable linux cd that allows firmware updating on any machine, and also the BSOD issue, although limited (less than 0.4% of users, according to OCZ), does exist for some users.

If you want something more reliable go for Intel 510 SSD, otherwise, if you don't mind running a small risk, go for this one. It IS super fast, and after proper configuration it has been running flawlessly on my Asus P67 Pro mobo.

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72 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Hassan B on April 28, 2011
Size: 120 GB Verified Purchase
Length: 0:23 Mins
Update : (My original review is not deleted you can read it below)

Don't bother buying this SSD and I'll explain why , loading in games were VERY fast, computer boot to desktop in 5 seconds after Bios screen "literally" after i have optimized everything of course, reading+writing speed was superfast etc performance wise this ssd was a beast, but then the unexpected happens

BSOD "Blue screen of death which will force your computer to get stuck/force shutdown" this SSD is not reliable at ALL in the long run, yes if you use it for 1-2hours you might get lucky and not get the BSOD but YOU WILL get BSOD guaranteed if you keep your pc on a lot, (my power settings is set to never turn off HD and everything is optimized trust me, i have followed step by step guides by OCZ and did troubleshooting with their forums+customer support for a week and the issue still remain EVEN AFTER i did RMA the first drive, i have tried the SSDs on more than 1 computer and the issue remains) so far after 3 week of use i usually get 1 BSOD a day on average, only 2 days i did not get BSOD (but again some days i got 2 BSOD in the same day) tons of people are posting about their BSOD in the official forums and OCZ answer is "RMA it because we can not recreate the issue in our lab" they want to keep you in the RMA loop hoping maybe they fix the issue later on maybe via firmware or to let your return window pass since RMA takes a while, their last 2.06 update did not help much either, it have removed the random daily freeze and replaced it with more BSOD

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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Todd M. Taylor on May 19, 2011
Size: 120 GB Verified Purchase
Let me start out by saying that I am in IT and have over 25 years of professional experience in working with and maintaining computers. I purchased this OCZ Vertex 3 120Gb MAX IOPS SSD drive from Amazon last week. Although the drive so far has worked fine, I have found out after purchasing it that OCZ's latest Toolbox (Version 2.36) does not support a firmware update to the primary boot drive. Also, a new firmware update was just released late last week by OCZ for all Vertex 3 SSD drives. Essentially, due to OCZ's incompetence and shortcomings of their Toolbox utility, you will need to install Windows onto another working hard drive and then configure your Vertex 3 as a secondary (non-bootable) internal data drive in order to perform the necessary firmware update. Needless to say, this solution is completely unacceptable to any reasonable person and requires many hours of additional time to perform a simple firmware update! Even worse, if you want to use this in a Mac, there is currently no good firmware upgrade solution for you (short of installing Windows and upgrading it on a Windows PC). After numerous phone conversations with OCZ's technical support group and countless hours of time searching their on-line support forums, I have come to the conclusion that this product is not even close to being ready for the consumer market and essentially was released prematurely. Most competing SSDs on the market today currently support firmware updates to a primary SSD drive, especially considering the fact this is now third-generation SSD technology. I am planning to return my OCZ Vertex 3 to Amazon and would strongly advise anyone who is not extremely computer savvy and willing to spend several hours of additional time against purchasing this product. Speed is always a great attribute in SSD drives, but being able to easily and reliably upgrade and maintain your SSD drive over it's lifetime is even more important, and OCZ clearly doesn't understand this!
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