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|Review: OCZ Vertex 3 MaxIOPS 240GB SSD|
|Posted by Ed Smith|
|Thursday, 09 February 2012 00:47|
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We'll start with the box, as usual.
Inside the box, we find a bragging sticker, a brief manual and another box.
The accessories included consist of a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter and a small bag of screws to use with it. The screws are shorter than normal, this prevents them from running into the other side of the SSD case and damaging it.
The screws are actually found inside the second box, with the drive:
This is a quite well packed drive!
As always with components, be careful of static!
Don't squeeze the life out of the drive or throw it, either.
The drive itself is a fairly unassuming character, it's only bling is on the top label, which is silver on black. It looks quite nice.
Breaking the warranty sticker and cracking the drive open shows us the guts:
Each flash chip is 16GB, if you do that math that comes out to 256GB in total. Sandforce drives generally set aside a few percent of the drive to use as cache and to replace worn out sections of the drive later in it's life.
We also see the Sandforce SF-2281 controller, early firmware revisions had some issues so it is a good idea to download OCZ's firmware checker/updater (here) and check that your drive has the latest firmware. Updating the firmware is extremely easy, but may remove any data on the drive! So do this right when you get it, don't wait till later.
Onward to testing!