With the recent Vertex 3 Pro previews going around, it was only a matter of time before OCZ came up with a consumer version and sure enough MyCE has become one of the first to get its hands on an engineering sample of the Vertex 3, featuring the SandForce SF-2281 SSD processor and a 6Gbps SATA interface.

The review starts with a detailed look at the SandForce SF-2281 SSD processor, showing key differences between the SF-2100 and SF-2200 client models and a brief look at how the processor goes about its job along with a block diagram.  For example, it shows how the SSD deals with the limited write cycles, almost completely eliminates the possibility of uncorrectable/undetectable errors and helps cut costs over other SSD controllers.

One thing is for sure – despite this being an early beta SSD, it stands well out from the competition including the Vertex 2.  When it came to measuring IOPS performance with IOMeter, the reviewer had to re-carry out the tests due to belief that the results were not correct!  However, the re-tests achieved the same results, some which completley blow away the claimed figures, including a random 4K write measurement of 85,209 IOPS.  The SSD and even the controller only claims up to 60,000 IOPS and usually it is very rare to see real world testing outperform the claims on any device.

Read the in-depth preview at MyCE.

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