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OCZ officially outs Vertex 3 SSD

by Parm Mann on 25 February 2011, 10:30


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Following a sneak peek at CES earlier this year, OCZ has this week officially unveiled its Vertex 3 SSD product family.

Forget about the controversy surrounding the Vertex 2 for a moment, and you'll find plenty of potential buried within this next-generation model.

Based around a new SandForce SF-2200 controller, and armed with a high-speed SATA 6Gbps interface, the above-pictured Vertex 3 claims to raise the bar by offering staggering read and write speeds of 550MB/s and 500MB/s, respectively.

That's mighty quick for a single drive, and its 4k random write performance of 60,000 IOPs ain't bad, either. Built using 25nm MLC NAND flash memory, the consumer-orientated Vertex 3 will be available in either 120GB ($250) or 240GB ($500) capacities.

For the enterprise, there's also the Vertex 3 Pro - a tweaked model featuring an SF-2500 controller further optimised for reliability, security and endurance that's available in 100GB, 200GB and 400GB models.

We're expecting to see a barrage of next-generation SSDs at CeBIT next week, but OCZ might be one of the first to get them out of the factory doors. According to the manufacturer, the Vertex 3 range "will begin shipping following the event through OCZ's global channel".

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$250 so about £160? Mmmm im starting to get very tempted
I strongly doubt this will land <£200, my guess is ~£220 in line with Intels new drive.
4 of them kindly please :)
Waiting for next week seems like a better plan, when there might be a smidgeon of competition going on :p

I fancy a decent-sized one for my portable lappy. Already got an X25-M 80GB for my big laptop - the advantage of having two HDDs means I don't have to spend a fortune on a big SSD - but only the one HDD slot for my portable one :(

But since my laptop doesn't support SATA 6gbps, I'd be happier if it were half the transfer speed and half the price. In fact I suspect most people would rather that!
Forget about the controversy surrounding the Vertex 2 right now

The issue has not been sorted by OCZ