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OCZ Technology 240 GB Vertex 3 SATA III 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive VTX3-25SAT3-240G by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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OCZ Technology 240 GB Vertex 3 SATA III 6.0 Gb/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive VTX3-25SAT3-240G
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 274 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.8
Returned or considering to return: 7.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.1   below average
Speed4.1   below average
Boot3.6   below average
Write3.6   average
Windows3.4   average
Installation3.2   below average
Read2.9   below average
Firmware2.7   average


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Boot

Boot:
"In that time, I've had both of them fail to the point where I can no longer boot from them (I've tried the power cycling and detaching and reattaching that other people have suggested)."
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"Be aware that if the SSD is your boot drive you will not be able to update the firmware without using an involved process."
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"The drive worked for about 20 minutes as that's how long it took to install the os and boot the first time, and after that it failed to be recognized in system profiler or disk utility also not being present under another windows installation on the mechanical disk."
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"I recommend using your SSD as your System Boot Disk only (you can install your applications on it as well if you don't have a ton)."
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"Boot times are very low and system responsiveness is great."
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"This SSD is fast, easy to use, supports TRIM tech for long term stability, and has performed phenomenally well for the year I've had it install as my boot drive."
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"The second one will be for Linux, as I want to do some GPU programming and it's cheaper to get a second drive and dual boot to Linux than pay for MS Visual Studio 2010...I've been very happy with the first drive as a main Win7 partition."
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"This drive flies, and has thus far been a fantastic boot drive for both windows and lion."
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Firmware

Firmware:
"Lot of problems with firmware OCZ drives, BSODs all the time,, till it died after 2month."
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"Not sure if problems sited in other reviews have been resolved through firmware updates but I did not have to do any have had no problems."
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"After a firmware update, the problem was resolved, however the drive remained utterly useless."
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"This itself was a hassle since you cannot use the simple firmware upgrade tool on a system drive with the OS installed."
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"Be aware that if the SSD is your boot drive you will not be able to update the firmware without using an involved process."
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"Update:Drive failed right after imaging it to prep for the firmware update process."
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"Not sure if problems sited in other reviews have been resolved through firmware updates but I did not have to do any have had no problems."
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"Check your firmware to make sure you have the latest version ([...]).Great SSD, would highly recommend! "
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"I bought after the firmware fiascal and have not had any problems with the drive."
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"I've done most of the recommend things for working with SSD's: turn of hibernation sleep mode, AHCI, reduce move page files, turn of indexing, update firmware, etc and have not had any bad experiences with them and would recommend them to all."
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"OCZ can't even provide easy firmware upgrades for this premature SandForce hw for crying out loud, you also need to have an internet connection?"
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Installation

Installation:
"I had the unfortunate luck to purchase this SSD, with few installation glitches and some back compatibility with older SATA, the SSD just keeps crashing."
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"The problem came after I finished installing Windows 7."
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"If you are thinking of purchasing and installing this in your Macbook Pro,be prepared for frustration."
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"Nothing fixed my problem, until I cloned my installation to a different SSD."
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"Installation and transfer of the OS(Mountain Lion) were seamless and after six weeks no issues whatsoever."
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"I recommend unplugging your old HDD during the Windows installation and then re-plugging it in after installation; I didn't have to change any boot order settings in my BIOS with this procedure."
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"OCZ recommends installing OS from scratch!"
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"Both were very robust prior to this installation, and afterward they are AMAZING!"
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"Physical installation was painless and easy, as expected from a modern drive of this form factor."
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Price

Price:
"decent product, decent price, shipped fast, no complaints"
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"My only complaint: price keeps dropping."
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"As a technology enthusiast [lacking an engineering background] I was excited about this purchase despite its hefty price tag and the abundance of negative reviews, but hoped to avoid encountering BSODs, and other technical issues that have plagued others."
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"The drawback - other than price - is that it can only be written to so many times before it fails."
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"decent product, decent price, shipped fast, no complaints"
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"Quality is excellent, performance acceptable, price magnificent."
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"Cheap and easy way to upgrade the pro."
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"For the price, this is a very fast and reliable ssd."
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"The price on these today make them a great buy for performance improvement."
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Read

Read:
"I had read the reviews and heard of problems with these drives, but bought one anyway, hoping to avoid them."
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"I was unable to read write from the disk, and despite formatting, partitioning, etc, it was still causing trouble."
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"I read many negative reviews on this drive but it seems to work fine."
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"Read up at OCZ forums, this is a notoriously crappy drive."
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"I get random BSODs, system stuttering (which then leads to BSODs), weird random soft read errors when using SSD utilities and sometimes undetectable by BIOS and AHCI boot processes AFTER a BSOD."
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"okay The Good News Is : As OS (windwos system) Drive it's Very Fast .. the Reading Data Transfer Rate is very high , so Loading any programmes will be very very fast , and you'll be happy as you use it for system Drive ..Bad News : the Write Speed Is Very SLow , Slow Than My regular HDD sata 2 .. so if you'll use this AS Data HD , or for recording Music , Or render Graphic video or something need to write to this ssd more than read , then maybe you'll be in problems ..the bad write performance issue becouse they used a larger die Nand (64Gb) to make the SSD cheaper and because of that they throttled the speed by half (but not tellign the customer)."
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"This has the best ACTUAL read write data you can find."
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"The OCZ drives have very good READ & WRITE performance for a balanced product."
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"I'm really amazed at the write and read speed."
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"I never got over 170MB s Sequential Writes using default settings in AS SSD, although my reads were a nice 505-508MB s. My 4K Read never topped 18MB s and my 4K Write hovered just under 41MB s. 4K-64Thrd Read 114MB s and 4K-64Thrd Write 156MB s. My score NEVER reached 500 in AS SSD, even after attempting to fill the drive, delete the data, and letting the comp sit for half a day to do TRIM and garbage collection."
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Speed

Speed:
"That first gen i7 with this SSD make new computers on a HDD look terribly slow in comparison."
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"I hope vertex4 have the same built quality (I hate my vertex2) but I love my vertex3.My pc is pretty fast with windows 8.1 and this disk (core i7, 8gb ram, dual screen)."
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"the max speed advertised is much higher than the current speed, so beware."
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"It also had inconsistent performance, loading the same thing at different speeds."
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"Yes, it was fast as could be, but too many people report outright failures for me to continue using this drive for any useful data and so that little bit of extra speed has absolutely no value given that you are sacrificing reliability."
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"Quality is excellent, performance acceptable, price magnificent."
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"Put this into a macbook pro and I love the speed it gives me."
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"A few years later this thing is still rocking with great speeds in my 5 year old laptop."
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"I have 7 SSD's 6 of which are OCZ and are all 2 or more years old and are still performing good."
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"Was my first venture in to SSD's, very pleased with increase in speed and silent operation."
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Windows

Windows:
"About 1 2 the time I see the BSOD the other half it reboots and when I log in i get the system error message that Windows gives you to tell you it had crashed."
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"This is because Windows will create a hidden file called Hiberfil."
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"The problem came after I finished installing Windows 7."
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"After numerous updates windows still cannot run smoothly."
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"firmware upgrades have resolved the BSOD and most issues but it still feels like it doesn't sit well with windows at times going in and out of hibernate."
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"Then I start reading about people having problems with a BSOD (EG Windows Blue Screen of Death)."
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"I hope vertex4 have the same built quality (I hate my vertex2) but I love my vertex3.My pc is pretty fast with windows 8.1 and this disk (core i7, 8gb ram, dual screen)."
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"With a Boot Time of 7 Seconds on My Windows 7, i7 2600k System, I am all praise for this Wonderful SSD, My COD4 Loads in a Second ( A Matter of Pride in Lan Tournaments )System Works Like a Charm, All The Apps open at lightning Speed."
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"This concept applies to PC Windows as well as Mac OSX machines."
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"Using it on my laptop with windows 7 and another VM on the same drive, amazing speed, absolutely no lag."
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"I recommend unplugging your old HDD during the Windows installation and then re-plugging it in after installation; I didn't have to change any boot order settings in my BIOS with this procedure."
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Write

Write:
"I was unable to read write from the disk, and despite formatting, partitioning, etc, it was still causing trouble."
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"okay The Good News Is : As OS (windwos system) Drive it's Very Fast .. the Reading Data Transfer Rate is very high , so Loading any programmes will be very very fast , and you'll be happy as you use it for system Drive ..Bad News : the Write Speed Is Very SLow , Slow Than My regular HDD sata 2 .. so if you'll use this AS Data HD , or for recording Music , Or render Graphic video or something need to write to this ssd more than read , then maybe you'll be in problems ..the bad write performance issue becouse they used a larger die Nand (64Gb) to make the SSD cheaper and because of that they throttled the speed by half (but not tellign the customer)."
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"This has the best ACTUAL read write data you can find."
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"The OCZ drives have very good READ & WRITE performance for a balanced product."
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"I bought this mainly assuming it would speed up the format conversion of a video editing program I have since the SSD's write speeds are so much greater than a traditional HDD."
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"I'm really amazed at the write and read speed."
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"Mad people are just more prone to write bad reviews than happy customers are to write good reviews."
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