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OCZ delivers some astonishing performance numbers with its latest generation 2.5: SSD

It seem as though each day is better than the next when it comes to new product announcements here at CES -- especially when it comes to the hot field of SSDs. Everyone is in a game of one-upmanship, with Micron announcing its 415/260 (read/write) RealSSD C400 on Tuesday and Corsair announcing its 480/320 Performance 3 Series yesterday.

Now it's OCZ's turn to blow everyone out the water with its new Vertex 3 Pro. The Vertex 3 Pro is based on SandForce's SF-2582 SATA III/6Gbps compliant controller, and delivers read speeds of a whopping 550MB/sec and write speeds of an almost equally blazing 525MB/sec.

When paired with a SATA III controller, the real world numbers are equally impressive. Anand Shimpi of AnandTech was able to record a maximum of 492MB/sec sequential read and 518MB/sec sequential write using a prototype drive.

"Performance may even increase by the time OCZ actually ships the drive," said Shimpi. "Furthermore, this is the performance of a single drive with a single controller - there’s no funny on-board RAID going on, we’re just talking about the performance of a single drive."

The Vertex 3 Pro SSDs will be available in capacities ranging from 64GB to 512GB. We'll get your some up close and personal pictures of the SSDs (and hopefully a word on pricing) later today.

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RE: Incompressable data - 260MB/s
By Drag0nFire on 1/6/2011 11:32:48 AM , Rating: 2
I'm almost willing to call myself a Intel SSD fanboy. Must say honestly, I'm quite impressed by the specs for the Vertex 3. Really curious what Intel will do for its 3rd generation SSD.

All this competition is very exciting. Should bring prices lower and lower to the point that it is actually affordable.

RE: Incompressable data - 260MB/s
By vol7ron on 1/6/2011 12:13:20 PM , Rating: 2
Reminder, as Anand noted, they're using the upper end of the SF-2000 controllers. Most consumers/enthusiasts will not buy these drives as they're meant for enterprise use.

What I'm curious to see it the mid-level controllers in use, something that will be more affordable. I want to get to the point that I can store even compressed data on SSDs.

RE: Incompressable data - 260MB/s
By geddarkstorm on 1/6/2011 2:11:49 PM , Rating: 2
You can store compressed data on an SSD, it's just the SandForce controller gets a lot of its relative speed from compressing and abridging data when it does writes. That is, the controller has to write less for a compressible chunk of data, so it appears faster. For data that's already compressed, the controller can't compress it further, so writes are now at their real speed.

No other SSD controllers do this, so what speed they have is the same over compressed and non compressed data, regardless.

By Solandri on 1/6/2011 5:58:35 PM , Rating: 2
It begs the question though. If you were to turn on, say Windows' filesystem compression, how would it compare to other SSDs?

If the speed is similar, in all honesty I think I would rather than the OS handle compression. That way I can turn it on/off on a directory-by-directory or even file-by-file basis. And I always know exactly how much real space each file takes on the drive, in case I ever need to clear up space.

RE: Incompressable data - 260MB/s
By DanNeely on 1/6/2011 1:34:52 PM , Rating: 2
Intel's 3rd gen is still going to be 3GB sata, and they're claiming 250/170GB sequential. Intel didn't give estimates of random IO speed in GS/sec, but since they're only calling for 40-50k IOPS/sec vs 60 or 75k on Sandforce 2 (OCZ is claiming higher numbers than sandforce), or 50k on Crucials C400 I don't think Intel will be winning on that front either. They're not going to be as far behind as the Indilinx Martini, but they won't be claiming the speed crown either.

By Shadowmaster625 on 1/7/2011 8:58:04 AM , Rating: 1
To be fair, Intel's SSDs always perform better than their specs indicate. Even today I do believe the X25M-G2 gives windows the fastest boot time and application load times. No one has ever really given a good explanation as to why.

"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer

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