Back in July 2011, Myce was very fortunate to be able to
bring you one of the very first reviews of the OCZ Vertex 3 SSD. It was the
very first SSD to be launched that contained the SandForce SF-2281 SSD
controller, and brought about unheard of performance at the time. SandForce hasn’t
updated the SSD controller hardware since then, but has most certainly changed
since 2011, as SandForce are now owned by LSI, and the SF-2281 firmware has
While the SSD controller may be getting a little bit long in
the tooth, it still packs a mighty punch, as it still knows how to look after
its NAND, and it has one of the very best write amplification specifications to
OCZ are never ones to miss an opportunity. Take a mature SSD
controller which is known to make its NAND last, and then match that controller
to the very latest in NAND technology, IMFT 20nm MLC NAND. What you end up with
is a mainstream/budget SSD which can still compete head on performance wise
with many of the newer breed of SSD controllers, and at a price point which
rivals TLC NAND based SSDs.
OCZ were kind enough to send me a review sample of their new
Vertex 3.20 SSD, which is basically a Vertex 3 with 20nm IMFT MLC NAND. The
review sample they sent was the 240GB version, but OCZ also offers a 120GB
version of the Vertex 3.20. So let’s find out how the Vertex 3.20 performs in
OCZ Technology company information
OCZ should need no introduction, but those of you who would
like to find out more about OCZ Technology, can do so at their website.
The OCZ Vertex 3.20 – 240GB SSD
Now it’s time to take a look at the drive itself and what it
came shipped with.
The SSD I received was a retail unit, so let’s start first with
Inside the box
The complete package
The OCZ Vertex 3.20 package contained the OCZ Vertex 3.20 240GB
SSD itself, quick installation booklet, warranty information, and an ‘I love my
On the underside of the SSD, I found a label which displays
the SSD model number, storage capacity, and indicates that the SSD was
manufactured in Taiwan.
The case itself is 9mm thick and designed to be housed in a
standard 2.5 inch drive bay, or a 3.5 inch drive bay using a 3.5 inch to 2.5
inch converter bracket.
Now let’s head to the next page, where we look in more
detail at the OCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD…..