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OCZ Vertex 3 Series MAX IOPS Edition - Solid state drive - 240 GB - internal - 2.5" - SATA-600

by OCZ
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  • Interface: SATA 6Gbps / Backwards Compatible 3Gbps
  • MLC NAND Flash
  • Seek Time: 0.1ms
  • Slim 2.5 Inch Design
  • Low Power Consumption: 3W Active, 1.65W Idle
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Technical Details
Item Weight91 g
Product Dimensions10.2 x 1 x 7.1 cm
Item model numberVTX3MI-25SAT3-240G
Screen Size2.5 inches
Hard Drive Size240 GB
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 188,791 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight204 g
Date First Available13 April 2011
Warranty & Support
Warranty, Parts: Replacement parts covered under manufacturer's warranty terms for 12 months from date of purchase

Warranty, Labor: Labour cost covered under manufacturer's warranty terms for 12 months from date of purchase

Product Description

Product Description

Technical Specifications: Access time: 0,1 ms · Format (inches): 2.5 " · Interfaces (type-maintain without number): SATA-III (600MB/s) · Transfer rate (reading): 550 MB/s · Transfer rate (writing): 500 MB/s · Type (manufacturer type): VTX3MI-25SAT3-240G

Description: OCZSSD hard disk VTX3MI-25SAT3-240G 240 GB 2.5 " SATA-III (600M

Manufacturer's Description

OCZ Technology 240GB SSD Vertex 2.5IN 3 MAX IOPS Series Sata III

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By AndyHD on 29 May 2011
Size: 120GB
I purchased this hard disk expecting fast read and write times and was pleasanlty surprised how fast this disk was.

Windows 7 loads in seconds and application launch times are virtually none existant connecting this drive to Sata 6gb ports H67 chipset.

This was the good news, but now the bad news.

There appears to be driver confliction issues with Intels latest (6 months old) RST software with this drive, resulting in lockups and crashes within Windows 7, and even completly dissapearing from the bios hd listings. Uninstalling RST only helps prolong the periods between lockups in Windows. The OCZ forums also lists many many other people with the same issue with people providing workarounds from enabling "Hot-Swap" for the drive in the bios (of which I dont have) to other assorted registry fixes for intels LPM that have had no affect for many inclduing myself. The latest firmware for this drive additionaly provides no positive results.

If you go to google right now and enter "ocz vertex lockups" just look at the pages and pages of worrying results.

This is my first OCZ drive but unfortunatly even though it is blazingly fast it is equally unreliable and I seriously just dont trust putting any of my valuable data on it.

I gave this review 2 Stars simply because yes the drive is very fast and yes it could well have a firmware fix in the future that will make this drive more stable.

But in its current state at the moment it is far from it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TechBajan on 2 April 2012
Size: 120GB Verified Purchase
I replaced the stock hard drive in my Vostro V131 with this drive and am totally impressed. I used Acronis to image my hard drive and restored the image to this just so I not only could have everything back up and running in minutes but also so I can adequately compare boot times and system performance before and after.

While the laptop was already fairly quick, this MAX IOPS improved speed phenominally. Boot times (with automatic services etc loaded) went from around 2.5 minutes to around 13 seconds! IE opens literally as soon as I click the icon, a characteristic IE (even 9) isn't known for. Firefox load times improved too but not as dramatically as IE. Outlook loads in a flash and file copying to the SSD just rips! Actually, I think the only bottleneck with file copying from another source is the read speeds from that source. It even boots much faster than an iPad 2 or the New iPad.

The drive came with the latest firmware already so no flashing was required; I suspect why I haven't had any BSOD or other issues whatsoever! This SSD in a lightweight laptop makes a superbly winning combination and makes such a combination even more useful & practical than a tablet and cheaper than most Ultrabooks, which probably don't come with SSDs as fast as this anyway! So, all I have to say is: A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
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Size: 120GB Verified Purchase
I was slightly worried by one of the reviews, but have had another SSD from OCZ which worked fine so thought I'd give it the benefit of the doubt. Indeed, the drive works absolutely fine - very fast and no problems (for me).
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Size: 120GB
... This thing is amazing! My computer is 4 times faster now, I should have done this way sooner! Also very easy to install. Buy it!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 58 reviews
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Vertex 3 30 Jun. 2011
By Omar - Published on
Size: 120GB Verified Purchase
I was a bit scared before buying this, since I read all about BSODs and such.
I installed it, and after a day Windows 7 x64 started freezing on me (but no BSOD).
I read around the forums a bit, and discovered that you need to alter a couple of settings to get it to run reliably.
You need to:
1) Enable Hot Plugging for the sata channel where you installed your Vertex 3.
2) Disable LPDM for the same sata channel, by editing your registry as in:

After doing this, the drive has been running flawlessly for over a week now, without a single crash or freeze or BSOD.
The drive is super fast and boots into Win7 with all boot applications loaded in less than 10 seconds.
I am running firmware 1.06, the one that came with the drive.

Having said that, these config. options should be clearly stated in the SSD manual, and they are not.
The firmware update process is a JOKE, way too complicated, although OCZ does offer an ISO for a bootable linux cd that allows firmware updating on any machine, and also the BSOD issue, although limited (less than 0.4% of users, according to OCZ), does exist for some users.

If you want something more reliable go for Intel 510 SSD, otherwise, if you don't mind running a small risk, go for this one. It IS super fast, and after proper configuration it has been running flawlessly on my Asus P67 Pro mobo.

72 of 89 people found the following review helpful
Vertex 3 vs Vertex 3 MAX IOPS VS other SSDs Mini Review 29 April 2011
By Hassan B - Published on
Size: 120GB Verified Purchase
Update : (My original review is not deleted you can read it below)

Don't bother buying this SSD and I'll explain why , loading in games were VERY fast, computer boot to desktop in 5 seconds after Bios screen "literally" after i have optimized everything of course, reading+writing speed was superfast etc performance wise this ssd was a beast, but then the unexpected happens

BSOD "Blue screen of death which will force your computer to get stuck/force shutdown" this SSD is not reliable at ALL in the long run, yes if you use it for 1-2hours you might get lucky and not get the BSOD but YOU WILL get BSOD guaranteed if you keep your pc on a lot, (my power settings is set to never turn off HD and everything is optimized trust me, i have followed step by step guides by OCZ and did troubleshooting with their forums+customer support for a week and the issue still remain EVEN AFTER i did RMA the first drive, i have tried the SSDs on more than 1 computer and the issue remains) so far after 3 week of use i usually get 1 BSOD a day on average, only 2 days i did not get BSOD (but again some days i got 2 BSOD in the same day) tons of people are posting about their BSOD in the official forums and OCZ answer is "RMA it because we can not recreate the issue in our lab" they want to keep you in the RMA loop hoping maybe they fix the issue later on maybe via firmware or to let your return window pass since RMA takes a while, their last 2.06 update did not help much either, it have removed the random daily freeze and replaced it with more BSOD

To make it short for you.... OCZ rushed the drive to the market, they want you to BETA Test it, you are stuck with them the moment you buy it, they will keep you in their "RMA or wait for firmware Loop" this SSD is a big "AVOID IT" for main drive (OS+Programs/etc) it will annoy you to no end and a solution atm as of may 26 does not exist neither OCZ admit it yet even when plenty of people are reporting the same issue, they will always try to blame your other hardware or software for the BSOD and never about their own SSD

If you want to be a beta tester go ahead and buy it, OCZ got no solution to offer atm, they are basically selling a product that works 90% of the time so some users wont notice it (those who use their computer 1-2hours a day) if you leave your computer +5hours a day or on all the time prepare to a daily BSOD, Until OCZ offer a solution this SSD get a 1 star from me "(would give it 0 if i can), replacing the SSD with another brand SSD or HD stops the BSOD so it's not a hardware issue from my computer, OCZ have reached a new low where they actually close threads when people complain about the BSOD, their excuse for closing some BSOD threads? not "everyone" is complaining about the bsod issue and if it was an error from their side (like buggy firmware) everyone should have the issue ! their solution is RMA your SSD if you are not happy, they refuse to admit the flaw in their SSD so don't expect any serious improvements anytime soon

PS : if you plan to use this SSD for a laptop, make sure you have access to a desktop first to update the firmware or a laptop with 2 HD slots , you can not update the firmware to 2.06 if it was your main drive (external usb etc wont work too) you need to have it linked directly to a motherboard, and make sure you have SATA3 because this drive is slow on SATA 2 (compared to many other SATA 2 SSDs)

(My Original review)

If you want a full Review about Vertex 3 there are plenty of those online, I just wanted to clear something up here.
(Update : Benchmarks below at the bottom)

Regular Vertex3 120GB = 4KB Random Read 20,000 IOPS/4KB Random Write 60.000 IOPS
""MAX"" Vertex3 120GB = 4KB Random Read 35,000 IOPS/4KB Random Write 75.000 IOPS

Regular Vertex3 240GB = 4KB Random Read 40,000 IOPS/4KB Random Write 60.000 IOPS
""MAX"" Vertex3 240GB = 4KB Random Read 55,000 IOPS/4KB Random Write 65.000 IOPS
(120GB Max got faster Write IOP yep also the Vertex 3 240GB MAX IOPS Max Write speed dropped from 520MB/s to 500MB/s)

Everyone should know that The only difference between the regular Vertex 3 and this MAX IOPS Vertex 3 edition is that MAX IOPS Edition got faster 4KB random write performance 75,000 IOPS (The regular one got 60.000 IOPS only) and it also have faster 4KB Random Read 35.000 IOPS versus Vertex 3 Vanilla at 20.000 IOPS

4KB Random speed is actually much more important than Sequential Access Read/Write (Sequential speed are important mainly if you are moving or copying very LARGE files which is rare to do to be honest when we are dealing with a limited 120GB storage)

What matters for real world use is the 4KB Random speed so the increase from 60.000 IOPS TO 75.000 Write should increase performance in theory but this speed boost wont be noticed by the average desktop user, where it actually helps is when you benchmark or if you are what i call "SUPER MULTITASKING USER"

Keep in mind that Random 4KB READ speed is also increased, The random read speed increase is massive and make it now almost as high as the 240GB regular Vertex 3, it seems that OCZ decided to release the max version because many reviews actually did point out that the 120GB Vertex 3 is not as fast as the 240GB version !, 4KB Random speed is the most important thing in your SSD imo (and reliability) , even with all those improvements I'd say if you find the regular Vertex 3 cheaper you should get it over the MAX IOPS Version unless you multitask heavily, I actually bought the MAX version for 50 box less than the regular version (Vertex 3 prices are going over MSRP right now due high demand)

If you want the BEST version of Vertex 3 then MAX IOPS is better than the Vanilla version that's for sure, however you shouldn't pay much more for this version over the regular version imo unless you need the extra speed or if the price difference was not much between the max and vanilla version, pick the cheaper one and you will be happy about it.

I'm happy with Vertex 3, I would not recommend the intel 510 series due the much slower 4k random speeds (But intel got the most reliable SSDs so far it seems plus Intel 520 are already leaked and will get released at Q3/Q4 2011, intel gonna increase the 4k random speed with 520 SSDs) the M4(C400) and C300 SSDs are solid drives with fast 4K random speed that is worth a look if you want cheaper but good options.

I hope my mini review were helpful :)
26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
OCZ Vertex 3 SSD Does Not Support Easy Firmware Updates - Do Not Buy!!! 19 May 2011
By Todd M. Taylor - Published on
Size: 120GB Verified Purchase
Let me start out by saying that I am in IT and have over 25 years of professional experience in working with and maintaining computers. I purchased this OCZ Vertex 3 120Gb MAX IOPS SSD drive from Amazon last week. Although the drive so far has worked fine, I have found out after purchasing it that OCZ's latest Toolbox (Version 2.36) does not support a firmware update to the primary boot drive. Also, a new firmware update was just released late last week by OCZ for all Vertex 3 SSD drives. Essentially, due to OCZ's incompetence and shortcomings of their Toolbox utility, you will need to install Windows onto another working hard drive and then configure your Vertex 3 as a secondary (non-bootable) internal data drive in order to perform the necessary firmware update. Needless to say, this solution is completely unacceptable to any reasonable person and requires many hours of additional time to perform a simple firmware update! Even worse, if you want to use this in a Mac, there is currently no good firmware upgrade solution for you (short of installing Windows and upgrading it on a Windows PC). After numerous phone conversations with OCZ's technical support group and countless hours of time searching their on-line support forums, I have come to the conclusion that this product is not even close to being ready for the consumer market and essentially was released prematurely. Most competing SSDs on the market today currently support firmware updates to a primary SSD drive, especially considering the fact this is now third-generation SSD technology. I am planning to return my OCZ Vertex 3 to Amazon and would strongly advise anyone who is not extremely computer savvy and willing to spend several hours of additional time against purchasing this product. Speed is always a great attribute in SSD drives, but being able to easily and reliably upgrade and maintain your SSD drive over it's lifetime is even more important, and OCZ clearly doesn't understand this!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Excellent drive 4 Sept. 2011
By David Heitman - Published on
Size: 120GB
OK, let's start by addressing the other reviews. One: BSOD hasn't been a problem for months, it was a firmware issue, it has been fixed. This drive is rock solid stable. Two: Mr. "25 years in IT" might need to hit the books. I've got 10 years in IT, and upgrading the firmware is far simpler than described. If you boot off the SSD, and need to upgrade the drive's firmware, you defintely DO NOT need to install Windows on another drive. Step one, download an ISO for a bootable Linux live distribution. Debian is good. Go ahead, I'll wait.. OK, now burn it to a disc. Now, boot from the disc (you'll probably have to press F12 or some such during bootup to get to a boot selection menu). Now you're in Linux. In all likelihood, you've booted to a graphical environment, but if all you see is text, don't fear the command line, it loves you. Download the Linux-based firmware updater, unpack it, make it executable (chmod 777 fwupd), and execute it. Read the README for more details.

Anyway, fantastic drive. Properly connected to a SATA3 port (using a good controller, no first-gen Marvel, sorry), it easily reaches the advertised read/write speeds. Firmware updates in the past months have resolved all stability issues, and my system now runs 24/7 with this drive. So good, I'm planning to get a second to put in a RAID0.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Bsod Every Day 5 Jun. 2011
By Lior Hadar - Published on
Size: 120GB Verified Purchase
Like everyone said do not buy this ssd
every day i get bsod/freezing
ocz blames us ,delete forum posts
again don't buy a sanforce 2**** drive
especially from Ocz
corsair having this problems also but they don't blame their customers and do not delete forum posts
and taking this issues Seriesly
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