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OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120GB 2.5in SATA3 6Gbps SandForce SF-2281 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD

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   Shipping Weight:   1 lbs
   Part #: VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G

Features    [ Edit | History ]
Quick Specs:
Storage Capacity 120 GB
Drive Type Internal
Maximum Read Transfer Rate 550 MBps
Maximum Write Transfer Rate 500 MBps
Drive Interface SATA
Drive Width 2.5"
Drive Interface Standard SATA/600

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Drive Performance  
     Maximum Read Transfer Rate: 550 MBps
     Maximum Write Transfer Rate: 500 MBps
General Information  
     Brand Name: OCZ Storage Solutions
     Manufacturer: OCZ Storage Solutions, Inc.
     Manufacturer Part Number: VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Product Line: Vertex 3
     Product Model: VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G
     Product Name: Vertex 3 MLC Solid State Drive
     Product Type: Solid State Drive
     Drive Interface: SATA
     Drive Interface Standard: SATA/600
Physical Characteristics  
     Drive Type: Internal
     Drive Width: 2.5"
Technical Information  
     Storage Capacity: 120 GB

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Experience: 4 Years
Very quick
Firmware was an issue untill 2 years ago
Great SSD, I now have an intel 730 along with a corsair ssd. The OCZ ssd is still function after many reformats.

Its a great ssd

Experience: 6 Months
Quick and pretty
Blue screens, does not udpate
I have the 240GB version of this unit and along with the masses of people that can't update  the firmware on this I now own a wonderful OCZ branded paperweight. (note, the other size is no longer listed on the site) Within 2 months the unit degraded to the point where I would blue screen in the OS every few days and I just lived with it. It was a non-production computer for gaming and I simply didn't care. I read that the firmware update  needed would require me to re-install the OS and I had no interest in doing so at the time.

Now, several months later the unit has degraded further to not being able to stay on for more than a few minutes. This is not unheard of news in this products existence, feel free to research it. I spent the entire morning today trying to get it to update  via the windows tools as well as the Linux bootable based utility - all in vain. Mutliple PC's, controllers, burned disc types etc. to rule out failure on my end. Again, this is yet another known issue for owners of the MAX IOPS series. I will be RMA'ing the device, however it is simply not worth the hassles of owning.

I have since replaced it with another SSD that is well reputable for stability AND speed at a significantly lesser cost as well as much better speeds than this unit. The unit that replaced this in my computer also ships with the best rated utility in the industry for managing SSD's. I will not reference in this review to avoid de-listing and unrelated information.

Experience: 29 Days
 Verified Owner
- Incredibly fast
- Easy to install
- 120GB is very small (but enough to install windows 7 and few programs/games
With this SSD in your laptop/desktop, you'll be sure open everything very fast! Good for people who are impatient to open Windows 7 and games. You'll get enough space to install Windows 7 and all the basics programs and principal games that you're used to play. I recommand it!

Experience: 3 Weeks
 Verified Owner
painless install
not that much faster than a Vertex2E 120GB
No problems here...updated to 2.15 using OCZToolbox, did a secure erase, loaded WIN7 Pro np. No BSOD's, 7.9WEI

Running on a P8Z68 Deluxe on SATA3 using IRST

Experience: 3 Months
I'm on my 3rd firmware update, and I use it as an OS drive so it's a pain. Upgraded from a Vertex 2 that ran great. The Vertex 3 Max IOPS started fine, but then started having BSOD problems once or twice a week. Cannot be quick reset, you need to do a full hard reset for the system to see the drive again - on boot it would say "no disk found" until hard reset.

The firmware updating software downloaded from OCZ would not work with the IRST drivers I had installed, would not show either the Veterx 2 or 3 installed in the system (even though they were the most current drivers offered from the Intel site) a search will find a newer version that allows this software to see the drives - sorry I don't have more info but I'm writing this while away from home

I have been running this latest firmware -2.15- for a week without problems, but I'm not counting it fixed until I get a couple of months of solid performance.

On the plus side of things: I have a new Cavier Black HD that I installed windows on so that I have a back up in case the Vertex has issues again and I want to RMA - the difference in the system feel is night and day between the two. The SSD is so snappy and quick that even going back to a nice platter HD felt like a major step backwards. I'm not a huge stats/benchmark guy, but I can tell you that the Vertex rips when running correctly.

Experience: 30 Days
 Verified Owner
Amazing bootup/load times. Makes programs run and feel much smoother.
Price for capacity, but it's to be expected for a couple more years.
Also requires and update  out of the box, can ge the tool from OCZ website.
Runing 8x in a Raid 0 config. Only took four to max the raid card. Just an amazing product with blisteringly fast performance.

Experience: 3 Days
 Verified Owner
Very fast.
Fast support on the OCZ forum.
Very unstable with firmware v2.11.
After several hours I was unable to find a stable configuration. I used a Vertex 2 for 8 months without any problems. When I installed the 3 Vertex, BSOD every 5 minutes ... Tested with a MB Gigabyte P67A-UD5-B3 and an CPU Intel i7 2600K.This is not a criticism against OCZ since all manufacturers who use the Sandforce controller have the same problems.

This review was modfied by poster @ 09-21-11 03:53 PM

Experience: 2 Months
 Verified Owner
Fast, reliable
Price maybe?
Got one of these for my laptop to replace a Corsair SSD DOA. Boots like a dream and haven't had any problems with it so far. Haven't run any benchmarks with it but it is quite fast

Experience: 20 Days
 Verified Owner
FAST, 2.5in form factor
I picked one of these up for my brother to replace his Seagate Momentus XT. Boot times are amazing and the system loads everything immediately.

Just remember to put music, movies and documents on your secondary drive as 120GB isn't a whole lot of storage to work with.

Experience: 5 Days
 Verified Owner
SUPER fast, Windows 7 boots up in 10 seconds after BIOS
Unable to update  the firmware with the OS booting from it
Relatively expensive (worth it for the performance)
If you have anything that auto starts when you turn on your computer, make sure its installed on the SSD. It's amazing how quick everything is. Don't install everything on this, use a second mechanical drive for Games, movies, etc.

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Posted by: TheBigTroll @08/22/12
Comment: A roundup featuring OCZ's Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120GB SSD
Posted by: Brandon_H @07/19/12
Comment: The Vertex 3 Max IOPS is not a drive for the faint hearted, and people on a budget may opt for the cheaper Agility 3 based drives, but with anything, if you want the best, then you must be prepared to pay for it, and that’s exactly what we saw today, though we do feel that a lot of consumers may mis
Posted by: McLaren__F1 @12/22/11
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