OCZ Vertex 3 240GB review - Intro cont'd
Author: Vedran Dakic
Date: 28 Jul 2011

I've been hugely impressed with the way SSD's are coming of age, in terms of performance, prices and market adoption. A lot of people I know, even non-serious-IT people bought SSD's in the past year or so because... it's just a thing to have. It massively speeds up your workflow and - with some getting used to - gives you a lot of benefits in terms of heating (if you're using it in a laptop), battery life (not always), and overall experience that just kind of "grows into you". I usually demonstrate SSD power by letting people work on a computer with SSD for an hour or so, and then swap it back out and put a regular HDD inside. The regular reaction so far has always been - please, give me back the SSD thing. And with Vertex 3, nothing's changed. Even more so, subjective speed bump feeling that you get is just enormous.

As a proud owner of Vertex (both first and second gen), I've got hundreds of hours of comparative analisys and data in my mind in terms of "how different" it is to use Vertex 2 compared to Vertex 1 (noticeable bump in performance). With Vertex 3, I did the same - tested it with raw benchmarking tools, but added some subjective things and did a lot of things with various server-based virtualization technologies. For example, at the time I'm writing this, I've been brought as a consultant to install a small private SaaS cloud running highly available SQL database. Vertex 3 is safely lodged in a server runing VMware ESXi with three active virtual machines (Microsoft Windows 2008 R2). The way this machine works and responds - both in terms of application response and service response - is just unbelieveable. Right now, I'm using it in two different scenarios - in a highly-available cluster of three Microsoft SQL Denali CTP3 machines (with shared storage assigned to a different machine), and the other way around - as a base for storage system for the Denali SQL Denali CTP3 three-way highly available cluster. In both of these cases, the speed difference between Vertex 3 and 2 (and 1, for that matter) is just... undescribeable. Three W2K8 R2 machines just work blazingly fast, with startup and reboot times in the range of less then 15 seconds. That's just impressive.

As far as our testing machine is concerned, here's the breakdown of it:
- Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
- Intel Core i5 2500K
- 2x4GB OCZ PC3-17000 FlexXLC
- HP LP3065 30" LCD

Let's check some test scores.

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