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OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive

B&H # OCV3SSD25240 Mfr # VTX3-25SAT3-240G
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Product Highlights
  • Ultra Fast SATA 6Gbps Interface
  • Laptop Fitting 2.5" Form Factor
  • Desktop-Sized 3.5" Adapter Bracket
  • Random 4K Write: 60,000 IOPS
  • MLC NAND Flash Components
  • Native TRIM Support
  • Shock Resistant & Durable
  • 2 Million Hours MTBF
  • Windows, Mac, Linux Compatible

If you wanted the rocketship equivalent of a solid-state hard drive, OCZ is there for you. Designed for your laptop and adaptable to your desktop (with the included bracket), OCZ's 240GB Vertex 3 SATA 6Gbps 2.5" Solid State Drive is an internal solid-state storage drive that delivers 240GB of memory, outrageously fast performance, and solid reliability. With this hard drive upgrade, you will notice significantly faster load times for games, programs, large video or audio files, or your operating system than if you were using a traditional hard disk drive. The drive features maximum read speeds of up to 550 MB/s and maximum write speeds of up to 520 MB/s. It has also clocked random 4K file writes at up to 60,000 IOPS and random 4K file reads at up to 40,000 IOPS.

So as to perform this quickly, the drive utilizes solid state MLC NAND flash components, the blazing SATA 6Gbps bus interface, and a SandForce 2281 controller. Beyond speed, it also features native TRIM support so your drive will perform over the long haul and RAID support so that you can combine it with other drives for greater, more secure memory. Along with these features, this drive boasts the same advantages of other solid state drives in that it uses solid-state technologies to perform with less energy, noise, and required power than mechanical hard disk drives. It also is shock resistant so you most likely won't need to worry about your drive if you accidentally bump or drop your computer, unlike traditional hard disk drives. If you wanted a hard drive upgrade that just might require a helmet, jumpsuit, and safety straps, you just might have found it.

Delivers maximum read speeds of up to 550 MB/s and maximum write speeds of up to 520 MB/s. It has also clocked random 4K file writes at up to 60,000 IOPS and random 4K file reads at up to 40,000 IOPS
This solid-state drive utilizes and is optimized for the ultra fast SATA 6Gbps interface; however, it is also backwards compatible with the SATA 3Gbps interface
Ridiculously fast performance for games, systems boots, professional multimedia applications, and other programs
Utilizes a SandForce 2281 controller
Promotes cooler, quieter, and more energy efficient conditions compared to traditional mechanical hard disk drives
Native TRIM support
Boasts a lightweight 2.5" design that fits into your laptop and is also bundled with a 3.5" adapter bracket for fitting into your desktop computer
2 million hour MTBF
Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, Mac OS X and Linux
3-year warranty, toll-free tech support, 24 hour forum support, firmware updates
Performance
Capacity 240GB
Interface SATA 6Gbps (Backwards compatible with SATA 3Gbps, but optimized for SATA 6Gbps
Form Factor 2.5"
Controller SandForce 2281
Components NAND Flash Components: 2xnm Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
RAID Supported
Seek Time 0.1 ms
Sustained Transfer Rate Max Read:
Up to 550 MB/s for SATA 6 Gbps
UP to 280 MB/s for SATA 3 Gbps

Max Write:
Up to 520 MB/s for SATA 6 Gbps
Up to 260 MB/s for SATA 3 Gbps

Random Read 4KB: 40,000 IOPS
Random Write 4KB: 60,000 IOPS
MTBF 2 million hours
Shock Resistant 1500G
ECC ECC Recovery: Up to 55 bits correctable per 512-byte sector (BCH)
Certifications RoHS, CE, FCC
General
Power Consumption 2W (0.5W Standby)
Environmental Requirements Operating Temperature: 32 to 131°F / 0 to 55°C
Storage Temperature: -49 to 185°F / -45 to 85°C
System Requirements Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, Mac OS X, and Linux
Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.92 x 2.74 x 0.36" / 9.98 x 6.96 x 0.93 cm
Weight 2.71 oz / 77 g
OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive
  • 3.5" Desktop Adapter Bracket
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    OCZ240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive
     
    4.8

    (based on 33 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast (30)
    • Quiet (24)
    • Easy to install (21)
    • Reliable (17)
    • Highly compatible (16)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (5)

    Best Uses

    • High-end multimedia (19)
    • Gaming (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Heavy duty user (23), Frequent user (9)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (20), Personal (12)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works like a champ

    First off, against advice from all and sundry, I bought this for use in a 2009 MacBook Pro. This is the one that everyone and their brother has reported as not working with...Read complete review

    First off, against advice from all and sundry, I bought this for use in a 2009 MacBook Pro. This is the one that everyone and their brother has reported as not working with SSDs. Speculation for the reasons ranges far and wide, from insufficient power to insufficient shielding to bad cables to incompatible chipsets.

    Well, I installed it, and it didn't work properly. And then I wrapped it in aluminum foil, and (probably more important) wrapped the cable that goes from it to the motherboard in aluminum foil, and reinstalled it. It appears that the problem is at least partly interference-related, because it immediately started working.

    I get well over 200 megabytes per second sustained performance. It's never had a single error (according to SMART tools). Further, a lot of people claim that it doesn't work with Boot Camp, but I have it working fine with my Windows XP Boot Camp. (However, note that installing it was a giant pain in the tuchus: an XP SP3 install disk with slipstreamed SATA drivers has a known problem where sometimes it fails to properly validate the XP CD key, resulting in you being stuck at the XP CD key screen forever, with it never taking valid keys. Just bite the bullet and get Windows 7.)

    Their support for Macs doesn't appear to be very good: flashing the ROMs from the Mac requires some stupid combination of rebooting off of a live Linux CD and screwing around with a variety of files and such. Fortunately, if you have Boot Camp set up and working, you can just flash it from that, but I'm deducting a star from their rating because they claim to support the Mac and then do so incredibly poorly.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    MUST HAVE FOR INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY

    There comes a time when you gotta bite the bullet and get one. You can't put it off any more. I bought two of these babies and haven't looked back.
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    There comes a time when you gotta bite the bullet and get one. You can't put it off any more. I bought two of these babies and haven't looked back.

    Why did I wait so long to get these SSD's?

    The answer is I waited for the price to come down... I think it's still too high for the amount of storage you get but it's slowly coming down.

    >>>>> THE GOOD:

    These SSD's are fast... really fast. It has increased my laptops speed by a factor of 6 or more.

    The first thing I noticed is the boot up speed. My MacBookPro (laptop) usually took about a minute before everything was up and running.
    Suprise, suprise... it only takes 9 seconds with this drive.
    My workflow is a breeze now as I'm not waiting tediously for tasks to finish.

    I use Final Cut X for video production and would only use it on my Mac Pro (tower) because when I tried it on my MacBookPro it would bring the machine to slow grind.

    Now I don't have that problem since installing this drive. I even use Final Cut X on the MacBookPro and it's fast. Rendering video is no longer a problem and I'm actually enjoying using the laptop.

    >>>>> THE BAD:

    Price - still way too high. This is why I gave it the 3 star rating!

    Supplied bracket does not fit Mac Pro case.

    >>>>> CONCLUSION:

    If you got the cash get one (or two) because your productivity will increase and you'll be glad just like me.
    The drive comes with a bracket to install in a PC case which is handy.
    (WARNING: the bracket will NOT install in Mac Pro case).

    Reviewed by 33 customers

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    5.0

    Sweet SSD

    By J

    from Mishawaka, IN

    About Me Heavy Duty User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Fast
    • Highly Compatible
    • Quiet
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Expensive

    Best Uses

    • High-End Multimedia

    Comments about OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive:

    Use with Blackmagic Cinema Camera

    • Primary use:
    • Business

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    5.0

    Great Product

    By Man the asc

    from Vancouver

    About Me Heavy Duty User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Fast
    • Highly Compatible
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • High-End Multimedia

      Comments about OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive:

      Works just like expected, faster than my HDD

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Amazing Performance

      By RVSTUDIOGUY

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Heavy Duty User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Fast
      • Highly Compatible
      • Quiet
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • High-End Multimedia

        Comments about OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive:

        I've got a set of these and I use them hard with my three BlackMagic HyperDeck Shuttle II's. Two straight hours of writing 720P video and then dumping them to a 3TB drive and putting them back in as quick as possible they get pretty hot but perform very well.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        Vertex 3 SATA drive

        By filmguysc

        from Columbia, SC

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Disc structure
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive:

            I use the product for raw video storage.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            No problems at all

            By Barney

            from Florida

            About Me Heavy Duty User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Fast
            • Quiet
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • High-End Multimedia

              Comments about OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive:

              Used with Black Magic Hyperdeck Shuttle II. Worked fine until Hyperdeck battery went dead after about 50 minutes. Data was recovered from SSD with no problem.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              5.0

              OCZ is a Speed Demon at the Price

              By Morpheal

              from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Fast
              • Highly Compatible
              • Quiet
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • High-End Multimedia

                Comments about OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive:

                Uncompressed HD is demanding, and 240 gigabytes of drive are eaten up in less than 30 minutes. While some drives fail the speed test, Vertex definitely passes them and keeps going.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                Broke after one year

                By MHT

                from Japan

                About Me Heavy Duty User

                Pros

                • Fast
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive:

                    This SSD is very fast and 256gb is plenty of space for your main drive. I bought mine on April 2011 but at the end of July 2012 it just stopped working. It just showed a solid green yellow light and wasn't recognized by the bios.

                    Using a HDD, as a temporary backup, was painful, I couldn't do multitasking without the whole system just slowing down.

                    I submitted an OCZ ticket, they responded within two days with an RMA, and about a week and half later they sent me a new similar SSD, since it has a 3 year warranty. Now that was good service, so five stars. So total downtime of two weeks for me.

                    This also shows SSD is not fool proof and although it is technically able to withstand more G force drops, it doesn't mean the electronics won't just stop working.

                    Always back up your data, or learn it the hard way.

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                    5.0

                    Fast drive

                    By Ed

                    from New Jersey

                    About Me Heavy Duty User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Fast

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Gaming
                      • High-End Multimedia

                      Comments about OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive:

                      very easy to install although I wished it is bundled with a cloning software for easy transfer from old drive to this new drive. Otherwise, very fast drive and my workstation is running at top speed now.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      So far, so good

                      By Micasa

                      from Cambridge, MA

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Quiet
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • Difficult To Install
                      • Expensive

                      Best Uses

                      • High-End Multimedia

                      Comments about OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive:

                      I put this SSD in place of the Superdrive on my 13" Macbook Pro. It's got my system, a VMware image of Windows 7, my applications and a workspace for big files such as photos and video. All drive access is dramatically improved, and it seems to run stable so far. No complaints!

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Good performannce for the price

                      By thatguyfromabove

                      from Montreal, QC

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Buyer

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                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive:

                            I replaced my Crucial M4 128MB for this product. I made this one my choice after reading a review online that rated it with faster speeds than the M4. I tested it with day-to-day use of boot, shutdown, software and Internet and have not noted any difference in speed from my previous SSD, but I am satisfied with the product and appreciate the extra space.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            5.0

                            Great SATA SSD drive

                            By VideoGuy

                            from St. Paul, MN

                            About Me Heavy Duty User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install
                            • Fast
                            • Highly Compatible
                            • Quiet
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • High-End Multimedia

                              Comments about OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive:

                              I've only use this a couple of times but performed flawlessly. For Mac users, when it says to format the drive as HFS+, that means Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

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                              5.0

                              "The need for speed"

                              By Len

                              from Guam US Territory

                              About Me Heavy Duty User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast

                              Cons

                              • Expensive

                              Best Uses

                              • High-End Multimedia

                              Comments about OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive:

                              Really fast drive for HD video editing.
                              Enjoyable and fun. I'm able to work with
                              video files in real time and get large
                              projects done on time. Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              4.0

                              Solid little Solid State Drive

                              By DR

                              from Denver, CO

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Fast
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                              • Expensive

                              Best Uses

                              • High-End Multimedia

                              Comments about OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive:

                              I have been using these drives at work and for personal use for over a year now and although they are relatively stable, I definitely had my share of RMAs, which is the only reason I took off one star.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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                              5.0

                              Old Mac Pro runs so much faster!

                              By demifugue

                              from New York, NY

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast
                              • Quiet
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                              • Difficult To Install

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive:

                                I knew my internal HD on my Mac Pro Early 2008 was getting old, I was having a ton of problems with software for no reason, and knew I needed a new internal HD.
                                I decided to take the plunge and buy a SSD, and purchased this Vertex 3 Sata 2.5". It said it came with an adapter to fit into desktop computers - but it did NOT work on my Mac Pro.
                                I ended up using a different mount to fit it in properly, but now that my computer is running not only quickly but silently, I couldn't be happier.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                5.0

                                Good SSD

                                By Topherking88

                                from Dallas, TX

                                About Me Heavy Duty User

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                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Fast
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                • Gets Hot for Video Rec

                                Best Uses

                                • Field Video Recording

                                Comments about OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive:

                                Haven't had any issues with it after having it for a few weeks. Time will tell. But, good so far.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                5.0

                                Super fast drive

                                By Diego Romero

                                from São Paulo, SP, Brazil

                                About Me Frequent User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Fast
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • High-End Multimedia

                                  Comments about OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive:

                                  Great SSD drive, it's fast and quiet.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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                                  5.0

                                  Fast, reliable, perfect

                                  By bp

                                  from charlotte, nc

                                  About Me Heavy Duty User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Fast
                                  • Highly Compatible
                                  • Quiet
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Gaming
                                    • High-End Multimedia

                                    Comments about OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive:

                                    Works like a SSD should. It's fast and reliable.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business

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                                    5.0

                                    Win7 boot drive complications

                                    By dklynn

                                    from Auckland, NZ

                                    About Me Heavy Duty User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Cool temp
                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Fast
                                    • Highly Compatible
                                    • Quiet
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Anything that requires HD
                                      • Boot drive
                                      • Program Files

                                      Comments about OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive:

                                      My motherboard is not GPT drive compatible but Win7 installed the SSD as a GPT device. Not a problem UNLESS you want it to be the boot drive. Just use the Disk Manager to convert to MBR and clone the boot partition to the SSD, change the BIOS and be amazed by the incredible boot speed (yes, even with a SATA2 interface).

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Business

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                                      5.0

                                      Complex installation (as boot drive)

                                      By DK

                                      from Auckland, NZ

                                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Install
                                      • Fast
                                      • Highly Compatible
                                      • Quiet
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • OS boot drive
                                        • Program load

                                        Comments about OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive:

                                        The installation is not complex. It's merely adding another SATA drive with is trivial. The 2.5" to 3.5" converter is necessary but included.

                                        Cloning the boot partition, though, and making the SSD the boot drive is another matter. Both Intel and AData include Acronis software to do that but, after paying for the same software, I discovered it did not work with Win7 (refunded immediately to Acronis' credit). There are other partition cloning software packages out there and with a bit of adjustment of the BIOS and I'm now up to speed (only SATA2 because of my mobo). Of course, the problem was not with the SSD but the lack of accompanying softwear to ease the transition. Once you've been through this, you don't need another copy of the software so consider it a cost saving.

                                        The unit is really small and quiet - amazing for the capability it brings!

                                        DK

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business

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                                        5.0

                                        This SSD drive was very helpful to me

                                        By sadsad471

                                        from GEORGETOWN PENANG MALAYSIA

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Install

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • High-End Multimedia

                                          Comments about OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive:

                                          Very fast delivery, quality packaging.
                                          Was available the detailed tracking of delivery
                                          Thank you!

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

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