About a year ago, OCZ released the Vertex 2 Solid State Drive, a major sequel to their popular Vertex series. The drive hit the market and was one of the first to use the previously unheard-of SandForce SF-1222 controller. OCZ quickly jumped on this new controller and they were happy to test pre-production versions to get the word out quickly.
Shortly after the Vertex 2, there were countless other SSDs using the same SandForce controller, and yet the Vertex 2 remained the best for many as OCZ led the package with firmware updates and warranty support.
With this sudden initial success, SandForce announced the SF-2000 series in early 2011. Known as the SF-2281, the consumer-level power controller supports the SATA 6 Gbps interface and offers read and write speeds of 500MB / s +. A staggering number compared to the previous generation chip. The Vertex 2's SF-1222 controller was limited to SATA 3 Gbps and offered read and write speeds of less than 300 MB / s.
Although OCZ recently acquired Indilinx, another well-known storage controller maker, the company wasted no time jumping on SandForce's newest SF-2281. As with the Vertex 2 series, OCZ sent us a pre-production version of the Vertex 3 for a hands-on assessment of upcoming developments.
While this version of the drive is technically a beta unit, we believe it will get very close to the reality that was only recently shipped to retail stores. We will update our results with a production version of the drive in a couple of weeks as needed. In the meantime, however, we can assume that today's results will give you a perfect idea of what to expect from the final product.
Before we proceed with testing, a word on pricing. Right now, solid-state drives seem to continue to get faster, but not cheaper. OCZ has set the list price for the Vertex 3 120GB version at $ 249 while the 240GB version is $ 499. Compared to the current Vertex 2 models – 120GB ($ 229) and 240GB ($ 429) – that means a small premium for the smaller drive, while the larger model is hit a bit more for a noticeable increase in performance .