OCZ Technology has made enormous strides in the SSD technology field since throwing the company whole-heartedly into NAND flash storage solutions. Their latest SATA 6Gb iteration is the Vertex 3 MAX IOPS edition. We have on the test bench the 240GB model, featuring the super-fast SandForce 2200 storage controller and 256GB of 32nm Toshiba Toggle Mode Double DATA Rate NAND Flash.
The specifications on the drive are very beefy. Sporting a 550 MBps max read speed, as do many of the other OCZ SATA 6G models, and a 500 MBps top write speed, which is actually 20 MBps slower than the “vanilla” Vertex 3 240 GB model, why would consumers want to pay more for the MaxIOPS variant? 340 MBps 4K write speed. The MaxIOPS pushes past the competition on an important file size for PC users. For those running Apple’s OSX, the HFS+ file system also uses a 4K file cluster so the MaxIOPS edition can really improve performance on their boxes as well.
Pay attention, dear reader, as TechREACTION takes the 240GB MAX IOPS Vertex 3 SSD to the bench rig and puts it through its paces.
Founded in 2002, San Jose, California-based OCZ Technology Group, Inc. has built on its expertise in high-speed memory to become a dominant player in the manufacturing and distribution of solid state drives (SSDs), a disruptive, game-changing technology that is replacing traditional rotating magnetic hard disk drives (HDDs). SSDs are faster, more reliable, run cooler, and use significantly less power than the HDDs used in the majority of computers today. In addition to SSD technology, OCZ also offers high performance components for computing devices and systems, including enterprise class power management products and industrial power accessories.
While there are lovers and haters of any packaging, there are a few things that must be considered. The packaging should have enough protection for the device being handled, the ability to ship large quantities of the unit efficiently and most importantly, from the manufacturer’s POV, the ability to portray the product in a manner that meets their requirements. The last one is a little tricky, as not all manufacturers have the same requirements. Some may want just a model number, some may want enough information to make the product stand out from competitors, and even similar offerings from the same company.
The OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS 240GB drive, like the rest of the Vertex 3 series, has an attractive glossy cardboard package, that holds a velvety cardboard insert. The black and grey theme with white and silver standouts, is a standard of the entire Vertex line. Most of OCZ’s products carry a similar style to the package design, but their lesser products usually are tagged with a gaudy color (like lime green). They stand out (as well as their lower price point) but the Vertex series is always a standout with it’s subtle grandeur.
Removing the insert reveals the 3.5” bracket, inserted into cut outs around the SSD. Removing the bracket from the slots allows the lid to lift easily and reveal the casing the SSD is shrouded in. Bracket mounting screws are also included, so there’s no need to dump a coffee can of PC parts to find a way to mount the drive.
With the drive removed from its ESD sleeve, we saw a recurrence of a minor issue that we encountered with the Vertex Agility 3 we had for testing. The large decal on the top of the drive had bubbles in its applicationl. It’s not a functional issue, and once the drive is installed it will be unseen.
The bottom label contains all of the serious information, such as model number and serial number, as well as specifications for its use, which include the mandated, RoHS and recycling info. Temperature and shock ratings are also included.
The included paraphernalia is a short data sheet and large case badge for those so inclined. Displaying the rather obvious “My SSD is faster than your HDD!” Proper marketing should have changed the label to read “My SSD is faster than your SSD!” just for the Vertex 3 crowd.