This has been a rather exciting and busy week for SSD reviews with the Vertex 3 being the main highlight of the week, with at least 10 reviews published on the 24th February, some including a detailed article on the SandForce interface itself such as MyCE, PC perspective and AnandTech.
Most SSDs have two speed ratings for reading as well as for writing. The first rating is the sustained MB/s performance, which is the main marketing most manufacturers use. The second rating is the 4K Random IOPS performance, which gives a much better idea of how the drive will perform in the real world. The sustained MB/s rating is the sequential transfer rate the SSD will maintain continuously, such as over a period of 30 seconds. The 4K Random IOPS on the other hand is how many 4K (4096 byte) operations the drive will handle per second with each block being read or written to a random position.
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.
When the first SandForce powered SSDs hit the market, SandForce was completely unheard of and have now stormed the SSD Market. Benchmark Reviews has posted an overview of the new SandForce SF-2000 SSD series, with a detailed table comparing each model of the new series against the earlier SF-1000 series.
This week is once again an exciting time for SSD reviews with the main highlight being the Vertex 3 Pro, one of the first to feature the Sandforce SF-2582 controller. Several previews have been posted already by AnandTech, Legit Reviews and PC Perspective, so expect more including full reviews to come over the coming week.