OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 2.5" SATA III Solid State Drive - VTX3-25SAT3-120G

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Super Fast SSD & Compatable W/ Older 3GB per Secon

by JoeB@KY on 12/11/2011

I bought 1 of these for my Dell XPS 410 (Dim 9100) along with a INTEL Q6700 and 8 GB of really fast 5-5-5-12 DDR2 RAM. Overclocked at 3.1 Ghz with ClockGen, it has never processed so much so fast. This hard drive is sub-wisper quiet, uses just a tiny little bit of power, Very Green, and responds super fast to the demands of all 4 cores at 90%-100% constant CPU usage. It shippes with an storage bay adapter so you can take out your old HHD and put this 1 in without buying another item. It also uses the same power and SATA 2/3 cables as the older mechanicial HHD's. I run BOINC on the main C Drive as well as 3 Virtual Drives all on the same 120GB SSD. I used to have to put 2 of the Virtual Drives on a second HHD so I would not bog down the hard drive and the Northbridge controller. The C Drive and all 3 of the Virtual drives crunch BOINC work units 24-7 at over 5 times the speed the machine used to do it with 2 of the old mechanicial HHD's (2-fast 500GB Drives) and a E6700 Core 2 Duo CPU. Do yourself and your favorite computer box a big favor and get some of these now! Especially if it is a Laptop, this SSD would be really easy on your Laptop's Battery power. Pricess are coming down so get your SSD's as soon as you can!

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very Nice SSD one of the fastest

on 5/19/2012

You can read a number of reviews stating the theoretical and real world tests illustrating the Vertex 3's speed, but I was mainly concerned with the user experience improvement gained from having one in my system. Copying my 160 gig steam folder was quite fast, maxing out the read transfer rate of my magnetic hard disk at about 75-80 MB per second. After the copy, I proceeded to launch Portal 2 which I had been playing the night before. If you haven't played the game, there are many level transitions that happen between chambers (or in my case deaths). The load times on my traditional magnetic hard drive were around 15-20 seconds. On the Vertex 3, the loads were shortened by 10 to 15 seconds. It was quite a difference that definitely improved my user experience as I was spending more time playing instead of staring at a progress bar.

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Product Overview

OCX Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G

Unleashing the performance potential of the SATA 6 Gbps interface, OCX leads the speed revolution with the next-generation Vertex 3 Series solid state drive. As the first SSD to feature the latest Sandforce controller design, OCZ created the Vertex 3 to push the limits in both sequential and random read/write rates to blaze past the competition when every MB/s matters.

key features
120 GB Vertex 3 SATA III
2.5-Inch SSD
  • Up to 550 MB/s maximum reads and 500 MB/s of maximum writes

  • Up to 20,000 random 4K reads and 60,000 random 4K writes

  • SandForce 2281 NAND controller

  • Includes 3.5-inch desktop adapter bracket

  • Compatible with Windows-, Mac- and Linux-based systems

  • 3-year limited warranty

With incredible random 4k file writes up to 60,000 IOPS, this SSD takes productivity, gaming, and multimedia applications to the next level to work in perfect symmetry with the latest enthusiast platforms. This model of the 2.5-inch Vertex 3 (VTX3-25SAT3-120G) offers 120 GB of storage capacity and a 500 MB/s maximum write speed.

Built with the quality, reliability, and durability that lives up to the OCZ name, the Vertex 3 Series easily integrates into today's mobile and desktop platforms, and it features TRIM support to optimize performance over the drive's lifespan as the ultimate Windows 7 companion. It's backed by a 3-year limited warranty.

Superior PC Experience

In addition to maximum performance, a Vertex 3 upgrade promotes cooler, quieter, and more energy efficient conditions compared to traditional mechanical hard drives. With no moving parts, SSDs provide peace of mind with their superior durability and reliability. Read more about SSDs below.


The OCZ Vertex 3 2.5-inch SSD with included adapter (view larger).


Which OCZ Vertex 3 SSD is Right for You?

  VTX3-25SAT3-60G VTX3-25SAT3-90G VTX3-25SAT3-120G VTX3-25SAT3-240G VTX3-25SAT3-480G
Capacity 60 GB 90 GB 120 GB 240 GB 480 GB
Maximum Reads 535 MB/s 550 MB/s 550 MB/s 550 MB/s 530 MB/s
Maximum Writes 480 MB/s 500 MB/s 500 MB/s 520 MB/s 450 MB/s
Random 4K Read 12,000 IOPS 20,000 IOPS 20,000 IOPS 40,000 IOPS 50,000 IOPS
Random 4K Write 60,000 IOPS 60,000 IOPS 60,000 IOPS 60,000 IOPS 40,000 IOPS
Max Random 4K Write 80,000 IOPS 85,000 IOPS 85,000 IOPS 85,000 IOPS 40,000 IOPS
NAND Components 2Xnm Synchronous Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
Interface SATA III / 6 Gbps
(backwards compatible with SATA II / 3 Gbps but optimized for SATA 6 Gbps)
Form Factor 2.5-inch
NAND Controller SandForce 2281
Dimensions & Weight 99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3mm; 77g
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) 2 million hours
Data Path Protection ECC corrects up to 55 random bits per 512 byte sector (BCH)
Product Health Monitoring Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) Support
Serial ATA (SATA) Fully compliant with Serial ATA International Organization (Serial ATA Revision 3.0) and ATA/ATAPI-8 Standard Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
Operating System Windows XP 32-bit / 64-bit; Windows Vista 32-bit / 64-bit; Windows 7 32-bit / 64-bit; Linux; Mac OS X
Additional Features
Performance Optimization TRIM (requires OS support)
Shock Resistance Up to 1500 grams
Low Power Consumption 3W active, 1.65W idle
Service & Support 3-year warranty, toll-free tech support, 24 hour forum support
Adapter Included 3.5-inch desktop adapter bracket

The SSD Advantage

Whether you're refreshing an older laptop or trying to maximize the potential of the latest platform, SSDs provide substantial benefits over traditional hard drives.

SSD speed compare
Greater Durability

Solid State Drives feature a non-mechanical design of NAND flash mounted to circuit boards, shock resistant up to 1500g. Hard disk drives consist of various moving parts making them susceptible to shock and damage.

Faster Performance

SSDs have 100 times greater throughput and instantaneous access times for quicker boot-ups, faster file transfers, and overall snappier performance than hard drives. HDDs can only access the data faster the closer it is from the read/ write heads, while all parts of the SSD can be accessed at once.

Less Power Consumption, Silent Operation, and Lightweight

SSDs use significantly less wattage at peak load than hard disk drives--less than 2W versus 6W for an HDD--delivering longer battery life in notebooks, less power strain on system, and a cooler computing environment. With no moving parts, SSDs run virtually silent in your notebook or PC case to eliminate distracting noises during gaming or entertainment. And SSDs won't weigh down your laptop, netbook, or tablet PC when you're on the go.


SSDs run much cooler than hard disk drives....

...and much quieter, too.



Manufacturer Ocz Technology
Mfg Part# VTX3-25SAT3-120G
SKU 220307521
UPC 842024025443
UPC 14 00842024025443
Product Attributes
Capacity (GB) 120
Drive Interface SATA
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