If you are looking to buy a solid-state drive in 2011 we may have come across a SSD which should be seriously be considered, this is the OCZ Vertex 3 Pro, this was recently reviewed by LegitReviews.com, to say that it faired well would be an understatement.
You can see LegitReviews.com’s fully detailed review here, in our article we will summarize what we feel are the most important points raised, let’s start with the SSD’s main specifications and features.
According to OCZ the Vertex 3 Pro offers a maximum read speed of 550MB/s, a maximum write speed of 500MB/s and is compliant with SATA III / 6Gpbs. This SSD uses the SandForce 2582 controller which offers power loss data protection and data recovery protection, also it supports SATA-7 security erase, for more details check out this link, the drive should be pretty reliable as it has a MFTB of 10 million hours.
LegitReviews set up two test rigs for their benchmark tests, you can see the setups here, the biggest difference in terms of SATA technology was that the P67 rig used the ASUS P8P67 motherboard features integrated SATA III / 6Gbps support, whereas the X58 rig’s motherboard only featured 3Gbps SATA, therefore the a SATA III / 6Gbps PCI Express card was used.
You can see the benchmark results for the ATTO Synthetic benchmark here, the CrystalDiskMark Synthetic benchmark here and the AS-SSD Synthetic benchmark here, you soon notice that the Vertex 3 Pro paired with the P67 rig is head an shoulders above the rest, you can see one of the benchmark results charts below.
You can see LegitReview’s conclusion here, on the whole they are very impressed with the Vertext 3 Pro, however they do suggest that you have to use a motherboard with a decent SATA controller to reap the benefits, as we hear details regarding capacities and prices we will keep you posted.