No. I was doing three things at once and just went with my defective memory instead of looking it up. Fixed.
Shame people still think these drives have issues.
Tip: Firmware 2.50 or newer = safe.
Actually, the current Vertex 3 firmware is at 2.25. 2.15 or later is safe (mine are all at 2.15). Of course, if you're installing a new OS, update the firmware to the newest version first. I haven't bothered updating mine, as they are all in use and have had no issues.
SSD noob here. How does this compare to the Samsung 840 Pro? I have a 256GB pro that I received as a gift.
Your Samsung 840 pro is better than this.
Just to be fair, should add that the Vertex 3 Max IOPS is faster than the Samsung 840 (non-pro) and is MLC vs. "TLC", giving significantly longer NAND cell life. In this case being last generation is a good thing.
As others have said, OCZ worked out the firmware bugs long ago.
It's also faster than the Crucial m4.
Edit - I bought one -- thx Cali & Repp'd you -- after nearly two years on the market this is still one of the fastest SSDs available; I've had very good service from OCZ drives; and I'm in no hurry to buy a newer "TLC" drive with significantly shorter lifespan.
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More Americans can name the Three Stooges than can name the three branches of government.
The Max IOPS version used 32nm Toshiba Toggle NAND. The regular Vertex 3 used 25nm IMFT NAND.
Basically, the Toshiba NAND is better, longer lasting, faster in some instances due to having more dies for the same size drive, which works to have more NAND per channel. Really helps in random performance.
BTW, this deal is just refreshed from earlier this month. They seem to have a pretty good stock of them. I would have bought this drive, but tax/shipping bring it up to more than $155.
Last edited by billbillw; 02-19-2013 at 11:49 AM..
Thanks OP been waiting for an ssd deal like this to complete my build. Keep seeing 840 deals but still a bit weary about the TLC Nand.
Difference between this "MI" version and the regular drive?
MI is max iops version.
"These improvements are due entirely to the fact that OCZ is using a different set of NAND in the Max IOPS version of the Vertex 3. Where the original leverages 25nm NAND from the Intel/Micron partnership, the Max IOPS drive uses 32nm toggle mode NAND from Toshiba. Boiling it down to the basic points, the Toshiba NAND is up to three times faster and also consumes less power, something we'll dive into later in this review. "
Best of luck if you want to try your luck with this drive.
If all you want to do is grow your e-peen by being able to bench a data transfer - by all means this will be a faster drive - but for day in, day out RELIABILITY and PERFORMANCE - I know I'd rather have my data on a drive that has a quality track record than roll the dice.
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