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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 Taft12 on 1/6/2011 1:40:10 PM , Rating: 2
but the reality is that most folks don't have excessive amounts of highly compressed files

I'm not sure this is true. OS and applications data that people store on their 64GB SSD are mostly binary data which is generally not all that compressible.

Synthetic SSD benchmarks and manufacturer stated read/write speeds have been utterly useless for entire life of the SSD industry. Bring on the real-world benchmarks please! (notice OCZ wouldn't let Anand do any such thing, he was only allowed to run IOMeter)

RE: Incompressable data - 260MB/s
By B3an on 1/6/2011 11:49:15 PM , Rating: 2
It dont matter if it's compressible or not. These new Sandforce drives do really well either way. Anand also tested incompressible data and it still reached 4930MB/s read - faster than any other SSD to date.

By Shadowmaster625 on 1/7/2011 8:51:49 AM , Rating: 1
A lot of disk activity in windows consists of opening a file, simply changing a few bytes, then closing a file. In those cases, you may be transferring 10MB / sec across your SATA bus, but in actuality the Sandforce controller might only be internally writing a few bytes. And since its an SSD the bytes dont have to be sequential in any way shape or form. So you could change a few bytes in hundreds of files and store all those changes in one NAND page. The result is phenomenal performance even if the files contain a lot of totally random data! I been saying for years that's how SSD's should work and I think Sandforce is just scratching the surface of what a good flash controller can really do.

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