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".