Last year I had the opportunity to test and review the Vertex 2 SSD from OCZ. The Vertex 2 came from OCZ's 'high performance' line of SATA2 solid state drives. At it's heart, the Vertex 2 was an MLC based SSD capable of read and write speeds up to 280MB/s and 270MB/s respectively. The speeds of the Vertex 2 were starting to push the limits of what the SATA2 interface could support, and wasn't that much slower than some of the "maximum performance" drives OCZ had to offer in that lineup. When the time came to revise the ever popular Vertex series and push the limits even harder, OCZ had to enter SATA3 territory.
Meet the Vertex 3. The Vertex 3 is OCZ's latest release in the Vertex lineup. The Vertex 3 almost doubles the performance of the Vertex 2 in every way; read performance, write performance and maximum IOPS. I have a Vertex 3 on the test bench today and can't wait to put it head-to-head with the Vertex 2 and see how well those numbers stack up in terms of real-world performance (after all, that's what we really want from a drive, right?).