Ever since the news came out of new SSD drives having the capability of single drive performance in excess of 500 Megabytes/s, I have been chomping at the bit to get my hands on one. Performance (like money) is something that you can never have too much of, unfortunately one may cost you the other. When I saw the initial reviews of the Vertex 3 I was very impressed and I spent the next several weeks trying to find one. Just as I found one and was ready to buy, I noticed that OCZ snuck in a second model called the Vertex 3 Max IOPS. It carried a $20 premium but the fact that it had the word MAX in it caused me to do a bit of homework before purchasing a new drive. Turns out that it is mainly the same drive but with “tweaked” firmware that apparently optimizes IOPS. The enthusiast in me overrode the value seeker in me, and I decided to purchase the Max IOPS version. I will let you draw your own conclusions from the benchmarks below, but in all the builds I have done as well as all the hardware I have run, this is the fastest thing I ever got my hands on. The heck with value, if you are looking for some major speed gains, look no further…
Vertex Version in RAID stripe
Vertex 2 Single Drive
Vertex 3 Single Drive
As you can see from the benchmarks above the new Vertex 3 gives you better IOPS, and equal to or better than read/write performance than two Vertex 2 SSD's in a RAID stripe. On a single drive comparison, it is a slaughter of the Vertex 2 and offers superior performance in all categories. This is obviously my initial impression but so far the gain in terms of performance has been outstanding with almost every aspect of the user experience improved. If you are in the market for an SSD, definitely consider the Max IOPS Vertex 3 in your comparison.