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OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SSD Read 550MB/s Write 525MB/s - £377.83 @ Ebuyer
OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SSD Read 550MB/s Write 525MB/s - £377.83 @ Ebuyer

OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SSD Read 550MB/s Write 525MB/s - £377.83 @ Ebuyer

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This will prob be voted cold as the price but this is the cheapest if you compare to other retailers

Scan = £455.09
OCUK = £455.99

Could be a price error

I have the Vertex 2E and they are very fast but these are nearly double

Read 550MB/s Write 525MB/s

OCZ Vertex 3 SSD 3rd Generation - Harnessing the speed of the SATA III interface
To achieve maximum performance specifications a native 6Gb/s controller is suggested.
As the third generation of the legendary Vertex Series, OCZ Vertex3 Solid State Drives are designed and built to un leash the full potential of the 6Gbps SATA3 interface. The OCZ Vertex3 pushes the limits in both sequential and random data transfer rates, significantly improving your gaming, multimedia and overall computing experience over traditional mechanical hard drives.
In addition to maximized productivity, aVertex 3 upgrade makes a hard drive - equipped notebook more portable than ever with superior durability and reduced power consumption. Using the latest breakthrough controller and flash technology, Vertex3 SSD's work in perfect harmony with next generation platforms and operating systems to deliver the industrys best storage solution.

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Fantastic price, relatively speaking

Wow that's a great price for a great SSD.

Shame I can't afford it :-(

Great price and excellent drive, just make sure you have SATA III on your system to get the best out of the drive as it will max out a SATA II interface with ease

Hot price, just got 120gb version though..

i'm waiting until price will drop ~0.57 time.
but it is hot for now, though I have no money to buy it.
Edited by: "Imfromthenet" 21st Apr 2011

Doesn't matter much if you don't have sata 3 compatibility on your motherboard, in both case's you can use a boot-able sata 3 expansion card that uses a PCI port, and this provide's more bandwidth than the regular Sata 3 header on the motherboard

Those cards aren't expensive either, mine was £20 ish :_)

Doesn't matter much if you don't have sata 3 compatibility on your motherboard, in both case's you can use a boot-able sata 3 expansion card that uses a PCI port, and this provide's more bandwidth than the regular Sata 3 header on the motherboard

Those cards aren't expensive either, mine was £20 ish :_)

joewillows

Doesn't matter much if you don't have sata 3 compatibility on your … Doesn't matter much if you don't have sata 3 compatibility on your motherboard, in both case's you can use a boot-able sata 3 expansion card that uses a PCI port, and this provide's more bandwidth than the regular Sata 3 header on the motherboard :)Those cards aren't expensive either, mine was £20 ish :_)



If you're referring to cards such as the Highpoint Rocket 620 then they max out at 500 MBps, max speed of a x1 PCIe 2.x slot, which is a bit short of the 6 GBps max of a Sata III port. They also aren't anywhere near as fast as they should be, given all the user reports on Bit-tech, AnandTech and the like.
Edited by: "Rsaeire" 21st Apr 2011

great price as its £455 at another retailer

I hav been waiting for vertex 3, but i need 120gb version... this is way too xpensive

DO WANT!

Puts the £500 i spent on my OWC Mercury Pro Extreme last year to shame And the new MacBook Pro's have Sata III ports too

OCZ trying to get rid of some of their stock because of their bad handling of their customers, more cheaper OCZ SSDs are on the way,so hold on for a while you all get very good prices for their unloved,unwanted SSDs.

Come down £300 plx

HOT! shame I don't have sata 3 though, I'll have to settle for the vertex 2...

Recently upgraded to two 120GB SSD's in my PC, in addition to my old HDD's. Best money I ever spent. One of them is a dedicated OS drive and the difference over a regular HDD is astounding.

cant go wrong with this price. i just bought myself 1 SSD from here.

Thanks to Fatal Error

YoungSmoozy

HOT! shame I don't have sata 3 though, I'll have to settle for the vertex … HOT! shame I don't have sata 3 though, I'll have to settle for the vertex 2...


It is backward compatible. Future proof!
Edited by: "bazzawhite" 21st Apr 2011

bazzawhite

It is backward compatible. Future proof!



Yea I suppose for only £60 more I might as well!

omg, omg, omg!
Do want.

I guess my Intel X25-M will have to suffice for the time being.

Banned

vicspark

OCZ trying to get rid of some of their stock because of their bad … OCZ trying to get rid of some of their stock because of their bad handling of their customers, more cheaper OCZ SSDs are on the way,so hold on for a while you all get very good prices for their unloved,unwanted SSDs.



You can always guarantee, without fail, that any post technology/component related, some muppet will post saying 'wait a bit, it'll come down in price!'.

Congratulations on reaching a basic grasp of simple economics.

Great price if building the ultimate machine cost no object. I'll stick with a bunch of RAID 0 configurations until the prices are reasonable though. Nearly as fast, for a fraction of the price

vulcanproject

I'll stick with a bunch of RAID 0 configurations until the prices are … I'll stick with a bunch of RAID 0 configurations until the prices are reasonable though. Nearly as fast, for a fraction of the price


Do you really believe that?

Agharta

Do you really believe that?



Its fairly easy to build a triple RAID 0 config for a third of this price that has average read speeds of 300mb/s. Of course it is never that straightforward and seek times are usually unchanged, its also fairly important to keep files contiguous. People require different levels of performance, this is obviously a very niche, very high end component. I have little doubt however for the average user or even for someone looking for a bit more drive performance RAID 0 offers a good solution, for excellent value. This is just the balls out, screw value and cost it doesn't matter at all option. Some people want that. No problem.

Rsaeire

Hergoe you If you're referring to cards such as the Highpoint Rocket 620 … Hergoe you If you're referring to cards such as the Highpoint Rocket 620 then they max out at 500 MBps, max speed of a x1 PCIe 2.x slot, which is a bit short of the 6 GBps max of a Sata III port. They also aren't anywhere near as fast as they should be, given all the user reports on Bit-tech, AnandTech and the like.



In common benchmarks this ssd achieve's around 480mb/s read, chuck an OS on there and some applications, and 500mb/s is plenty of bandwidth...

vulcanproject

Its fairly easy to build a triple RAID 0 config for a third of this price … Its fairly easy to build a triple RAID 0 config for a third of this price that has average read speeds of 300mb/s.


It’s the Random Read/Write speed of an SSD that really makes them stand out and RAID 0 doesn’t help there.
Most people don’t really benefit from an SSD larger than say 64 to 128GB so for the majority a smaller SSD along with a secondary HDD is a fairly inexpensive option.
If your data workload is more sequentially based and you have a lot of it then RAIDing HDDs also has its place. That’s more of a niche though especially for home users.

Original Poster

Obama

cant go wrong with this price. i just bought myself 1 SSD from … cant go wrong with this price. i just bought myself 1 SSD from here.Thanks to Fatal Error



Your Welcome

Banned

Cold, i got a 250gb one from best buy for £20

It's certainly a good price considering how much it is elsewhere but it's a bit too expensive for me and I don't really need that size drive for my OS and programs. I've got an 120GB version on pre-order at £215. They're out of stock pretty much everywhere at the moment unfortunately.
Edited by: "screamingninja" 21st Apr 2011

Very interesting to see the capacity of these things, I never knew they were capable of this. 5 years time they should replace hard drives, and I think these will be a giant leap forward.

Original Poster

Yeah i noticed that the 120GB are out of stock everywhere

This is a great price for a 200GB+ SSD.

BUT, 240GB sits it the twilight zone between super-fast OS/boot drive and an unnecessarily fast storage device. What I mean is that a typical Windows boot partition will need anywhere between 35 to 100GB of capacity once all regularly used Apps are installed. For this purpose a ~120GB SSD and a 2TB mechanical hard disk (for mass storage, backup and games) will be much cheaper and probably more practical. Also, in the real world these are not much faster than the Vertex 2 drives they replace. Sure they have nearly doubled throughput, but latency has stayed the same and latency is king for Windows and App nippiness.
Edited by: "Orville" 21st Apr 2011

vulcanproject

Its fairly easy to build a triple RAID 0 config for a third of this price … Its fairly easy to build a triple RAID 0 config for a third of this price that has average read speeds of 300mb/s. Of course it is never that straightforward and seek times are usually unchanged, its also fairly important to keep files contiguous. People require different levels of performance, this is obviously a very niche, very high end component. I have little doubt however for the average user or even for someone looking for a bit more drive performance RAID 0 offers a good solution, for excellent value. This is just the balls out, screw value and cost it doesn't matter at all option. Some people want that. No problem.



Anyone suggesting three conventional HDDs in RAID 0 is clearly insane or stupid. Easy to do but very very stupid.

No, it's good as these go. But I wouldn't DREAM of paying this for the 25% faster boot up they give.

PhilK

No, it's good as these go. But I wouldn't DREAM of paying this for the … No, it's good as these go. But I wouldn't DREAM of paying this for the 25% faster boot up they give.


You don’t buy an SSD for boot time, just use standby.
Application and document load time is wonderful though.
When you’re building a new PC though and have to reboot it a lot during installation the ultra quick boot time is a blast; much more than a 25% gain over a single HDD I imagine!

any idea roughly how long this ssd will last if i write 100gb to it everyday?

skijacklam

any idea roughly how long this ssd will last if i write 100gb to it … any idea roughly how long this ssd will last if i write 100gb to it everyday?



i estimated 2-3 years though by then you will prob upgrade / do a warranty return

I had a similar question in relation to torrenting/usenet 100gb downloads but remember they download parts and small files and combine them so they do more harm than good to ssds i reckon. most pieces are like 256kb-4mb then unrar etc then move files

so personally i dont think ssds are good - yeh they save time but cant store much/longetivity sucks
Edited by: "breeville" 22nd Apr 2011

skijacklam

any idea roughly how long this ssd will last if i write 100gb to it … any idea roughly how long this ssd will last if i write 100gb to it everyday?


What do you do that requires writing 100GB per day? Just curious as that sounds unusual.

I'm using a 64GB crucial c300 (355mb/s read) now in my gaming PC as a boot drive and it has a couple of games I play at the moment, I found the wonders of Symbolic Links in Windows. They let you map any folder to any other location. So for example steam can be installed on my SSD, but all of the game files are on my 500GB hard drive. Then when I want to play a game for long periods (such as Portal 2) I just copy the game files to the SSD, map them back to where i placed them on my SSD and I get the full SSD load speeds. If I just want to play the odd game, I can sit for the longer load times and just benefit from the higher capacity hard drive (as well as the fact that since the hard drive isn't the active drive anymore, it gains a fair amount of speed due to not being used to constantly read/write windows related files.

I make it sound much more complicated than it actually is but you get the full benefit of an SSD without the price of a high capacity drive, for a very small amount more hassle.

Saying that though, this SSD is pretty amazing and compared to current prices is very impressive. It's a hot deal, I'm just not sure the majority of people would benefit from this much storage (especially if symlinks were easier to use in windows).
Edited by: "hero9989" 22nd Apr 2011

breeville

i estimated 2-3 years though by then you will prob upgrade / do a … i estimated 2-3 years though by then you will prob upgrade / do a warranty return



thx breeville. how did you work this out?

joewillows

In common benchmarks this ssd achieve's around 480mb/s read, chuck an OS … In common benchmarks this ssd achieve's around 480mb/s read, chuck an OS on there and some applications, and 500mb/s is plenty of bandwidth...



What about all the reports saying SATA3 add-in cards are performing worse than native Intel SATA2 performance? (talking about the Marvell based solutions, not expensive £200+ LSI cards; see the websites already mentioned)
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