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OCZ  Vertex 2 120GB SATA 3Gb/s OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5'' Solid State Drive (SSD) with up to  285MB/s read and  50K IOPS write

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  • NAND Flash Components: Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash Memory, Interface: SATA II 3.0Gbp/s, Form Factor: 3.5" form factor
  • Life Expectancy: 2 million hours Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF), Reliability: ECC: 27 bytes of redundancy per 512 bytes data, up to twelve 9-bit symbols correctable
  • Operating Temperature: 0C - 70C, Storage Temperature: -45C - 85C, Shock Resistance: 1500G, Certifications: RoHS, CE, FCC
  • Max Read: up to 285 MB/s, Max Write: up to 275 MB/s, Sustained Write: up to 250 MB/s, 4k Random Write (Aligned): 50,000 IOPS, Seek time: 0.1 ms
  • Power Consumption: Active 2Watts Idle:0.5Watts, Performance Optimization: TRIM (requires OS support)

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: OCZ
  • Model Number: OCZSSD3-2VTX120G
  • Hard Disk Size: 120 GB
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 3 Years
  • Item Display Weight: 135 grams

Product Description

OCZ Vertex 2 SATA II 3.5 inch Solid State Drives deliver the same industry-leading performance as the 2.5 inch edition in a larger, lower cost per gigabyte form factor to easily integrate into desktop applications without the need to install additional hardware. Designed to excel in both sequential and random read/write speeds up to 50,000 4KB random write IOPS, the 3.5 inch Vertex 2 maximizes productivity when using as a primary storage or boot drive, minimizing program load times and completing tasks with blazing speed. Using the latest controller technology, the 3.5 inch Vertex 2 provides a faster, more responsive PC experience complete with TRIM support to keep your drive operating at peak performance in Windows 7 systems. Built with SATA 3Gb/s, Vertex 2 3.5 inch drives easily integrate into today’s desktop platforms as the ultimate storage upgrade.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 5.8 x 4 x 1 inches
Item Weight 8 ounces
Shipping Weight 12.6 ounces
ASIN B003VWZL1W
Item model number OCZSSD3-2VTX120G
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3.0 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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Date first available at Amazon.com July 16, 2010

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Among my nerd friends OCZ is not known for reliability, but I took a chance and got this anyway. Arrived fine and Win7 install went well. But it started acting up a few weeks later. A few weeks after that the thing crashed for good. Cant get it working at all now. All drives should be stress tested as soon as you get them, especially Solid State, but OCZ is routinely so poor there's no need to even take the risk. Get an Intel G2 instead.

OCZ has a poor customer care department. They refused to help me aside from asking some technical questions. Said go the retailer.
Its out of the return window by a week so no deal there. Now have a 190 dollar doorstop and its actually not much good for that.
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1/20/2014 FINAL FOLLOW UP: Two reasons for this being the final follow up. 1. This drive technology has been surpassed. 2. It finally died as a result of being blasted by a fault in the power supply. Which ironically also destroyed all other hard drives in the case....along with the motherboard, CPU, graphics card, and 1 of 2 optical drives. I was able to rescue one of the three hard drives by swapping the controller from another identical drive that was being used as a hot swap drive in another machine. I did not go with OCZ on my new build because I got a competing drive with better performance numbers and lower price... but i will say that this one served me well....

Another follow up 6/2/2012: Well... after almost a full 18 months I've concluded that either I'm lucky ...or the others who have had their drives die are unlucky. Maybe OCZ has cut the quality, I don't know but I'm about to buy another for an older computer I have.... so I guess I'll find out.

Follow up 8/19/2011: I couldn't be happier with the OCZ SSD, it's still blazing along at the same speed as when installed (maybe even a bit faster). So far the SSD is proving to be as reliable as any HDD..

Original review:
I have a self built desk top that was already speedy but now it loads programs literaly "in a flash".
Hopefully it will prove to have the longevity of it's HDD brethren. I'm using the SSD as the bootable drive and have my mass storage on larger HDD. As the SSD's price/GB comes down I may include it as part of my mass storage, but for now... I'm happy with the system as is.

For those who are wanting to try the SSD I've added the following info.... I used a cloning software to clone my old drive.
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The title of my review is sort of an inside joke for those who own OCZ's SSDs. Let me begin by saying that my PC is actually a workstation. I built it with 16GB RAM, dual 10k WD Raptors for OS/Apps (RAID0) and a WD 250GB/7200 data. That was 4yrs ago, not exactly state of the art by todays standards. It has chugged away just fine with some minor tweaks (video card replacement) on Vista and now W7Pro. To be fair, yes, I did install W7Pro on my old system when W7 was released (1.5yrs ago?).
Received my OCZ Vertex 2 yesterday, along with a new data drive (Momentus XT). I copied my data on to the XT, then installed the Vertex 2. My system immediately recognized the SSD, booted from the W7 disc and installed. It took me exactly 45min from power button to final installation of all 69 Windows updates. That's fairly impressive by itself. I reinstalled the XT and both are humming away beautifully.
What impresses me the most is that this thing acts like a RAM drive (if you've ever used one, you'll understand). I did some real world testing and am hitting @125MB/s read. Yes, not the advertised speed; however, I am using vanilla SATA (not II) and my Raptors barely hit 50MB/s. If ever you wanted your SATA capable old box to run brand new, I HIGHLY recommend this drive (either 2.5" or 3.5"). Since I'm reviewing the 3.5", I will say that installation was flawless. The drive itself weighs near to nothing (so unlike the mechanical drives) and fit into my rails perfectly.
Now, unlike a previous reviewer, I am partial to backing up. Not only are my 2 x Raptors safely tucked away in a drawer, so is my data drive. When working with your drives and data, it is so important to back-up your critical data. Not doing so cannot be the fault of the drive or the manufacturer.
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So I purchased this drive on 4/2011 and today 5/12 arrived home to a randomly rebooted computer and a drive with Amber and Red led's on. This is usually the sign of a dead drive.

I think I need to think twice about another SSD purchase based on the fact it seems to be totally unrecoverable. At least with ye old HD's there might be a chance to recover.

We will see how they respond to the RMA request.

No signs showing possible failure up till the failure today.

God bless online backups that I hope were current at the time of failure.

One year just seems like a very short life for any drive no matter the technology.

Loved it when it worked thou...
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Okay there's a few things to know, not just about this drive but on all SSD's. the first is a heads up about this buy. when you order the (OCZSSD3-2VTX120G) drive the first picture you see of it (the flatter version) this is the standard 3.5 enclosing shape for this drive if you have done your research like i have not a whole lot of sites have updated their images about this product so what you see is the typical box shape you would normally see on regular hard drive. So don't be concerned when the product arrives in its flatter shape, it still fits in your hard drive bracket its just thinner. the second thing to know about all SSD's is the installation of these things. thus is the reason i gave it 3/5 stars. when you receive the product follow the user's guide to the grit, then when you have booted your computer with the drive hooked up don't be alarmed when you go into (My computer) and don't see the drive. go to start, type in computer management at the bottom, then click the option labeled computer management, then you will be loaded a window with a few options regarding every aspect of your computer a smaller notice window will appear when the window fully boots after loading all the options keep all options the same in this smaller window and click continue (its letting you know that it sees the drive), then click on disk management under the storage option in the left hand side of the window. there in the bottom of the screen it will load all the hard drives connected to the mother board. right click on the unallocated drive then click create new volume at the top of the options, click continue through the options and it will format the drive for you. when the formatting is complete the drive will be green across the board for full use.Read more ›
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