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    Phoronix: OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD

    It's been a while since last providing a Phoronix review of a solid-state drive from OCZ Technology, but now with Serial ATA 3.0 support becoming more prevalent on modern Intel and AMD motherboards, they have been releasing a number of updated products to take advantage of SATA 3.0. In the review we have our hands on an OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD as we see how this SATA III SSD performs under Ubuntu Linux.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=16355

  • #2
    These results are insane! I mean, it's almost 20 times faster in the first test! Perhaps an SSD drive would be worth the money now'days, especially for compilation work in Gentoo.

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    • #3
      Once you go SSD, you never go back. Trust me.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by d2kx View Post
        Once you go SSD, you never go back. Trust me.
        I can imagine. I mean, I would still have a couple of TB of traditional disks on my NAS and in my desktop computer for storage, but to have the main system disk as SSD would really kick ass.

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        • #5
          just a typo
          "my ssd is faster than your hdd" not "* than your ssd"

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          • #6
            Sleep and hibernate bug fixed?

            http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/fo...rtex2-Agility2

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            • #7
              Originally posted by RussianNeuroMancer View Post


              That is a Vertex 2 issue. This is the Vertex 3. It was never affected by that.

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              • #8
                If you get the urge to go ssd, do a quick check on their failure rates first :P

                http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/201...ive-scale.html

                /me runs in ram anyway, so a ssd wouldn't be any better than a hdd for me...

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                • #9
                  what would be the best use for an SSD for home/desktop use ? Only put / on it or also /home. I would think the / will give a nice boot performance but /home would give best overall experience, but what about not putting many write files (which /home is more then /) on it, or is that old news and we past that ?

                  sorry if all sounds noob but just wondering

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                  • #10
                    I built a new (Fedora 15) workstation using a Sandy Bridge 2600k i7 on an Asus P8H67 micro-ATX board when the B3 stepping were released in the spring and 16GB RAM. I use a Vertex 3 for a mostly read-only root drive (I bought the product replacement plan at great expense), and save some write cycles using a 10k RPM Velociraptor for swap, /tmp, /var, and /home. I have 2 * 3TB 7200RPM Hitachi Deskstar's in RAID 1 on /home/data. I haven't had any problems with any of this equipment yet (Phoronix FUD'd the P8H67). The system is stupid fast.

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                    • #11
                      Since this a review, apart from the benchmarks I would have been happier to see a few words about the hibernate/sleep situation as someone mentioned earlier. Unfortunately, while buying an SSD (or any other drive and computer hardware in general), mostly no reviews cover that situation.

                      A few words about the manufacturer support would also be helpful. I have bought 2 SSD's sometime back. One was a G-Skill Phoenix Pro 120GB SSD. As most SSDs, performance is good and most features work, except for hibernate. Even the situation in Windows and OSX wasn't that good. While their forums have good moderators and users are vocal, most of the information there is random junk, like many of the Ubuntu forum and bug posts that contain "me too" (hope that doesn't offend anyone, since they sometimes contain very valuable info too). Firmware upgrades were often broken and it was "strongly recommended" to backup everything before an update. Moreover, the entire responsibility of updates and solving any bugs were left to Sandforce, since they make the controller -- and the manufacturer pretty much claimed to be helpless about the situation. Overall, a bad experience given that SSDs are so pricey, and I would try to avoid Sandforce controller based SSDs in future, as I was not convinced about their quality and support.

                      On the other hand, I also got a Intel X-25M 120GB SSD which is supposed to be an average performance SSD at that time (and I am not even sure about its TRIM and "garbage collection" situation), but I have nothing but praise for it. Hibernate and suspend used to work on my old notebook (Asus G50VT), but no luck on my new notebook (Asus G53SW).

                      Also, somebody brought up the point of using SSD's for Gentoo compilation. I have to say that surprisingly, it lead to worse performance on my system, although I haven't played with it much - I even forgot whether I did it on my Intel SSD or the G-Skill one. (I do my emerging on a regular hard drive mostly that has tons of space.) The only plausible explanation, if true, is that the garbage collection or some other operations end up taking time -- seemed to choke at times. (It was for sure on a ext4 file system with the "discard" mount option and trim working.) May be Michael can also run a heavy compiling benchmark (with and without extraction time) and one that potentially does a lot of disk grinding -- not sure linux kernel is a good example, but libreoffice potentially should be a good one, that takes about 30-40 minutes on a Core i5 750 @ 3.5GHz.

                      It might have been mentioned earlier in Phoronix articles or forums, but the now famous article by Theodre Tso: http://www.linuxfoundation.org/news-...ase-block-size was pretty helpful, especially the "-h 224 -s 56" while creating the partition table.

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                      • #12
                        So a brand new SSD is faster than a bunch of old SSDs that are fragmented beyond all belief after having been subjected to countless pointless benchmarks without trim or a secure erase afterwards. Big fucking news!

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                        • #13
                          Yeah those results look fishy.

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                          • #14
                            Well I HAVE gone SSD, and Yes it IS fast.

                            On a laptop, I get 2x boot speed. I also get 30% to 60% more battery life. The system feels more responsive and better to use. Funny thing is, for the previous 10 years I had vowed never to buy a laptop.... Though since then, after having a laptop with a vertex 2, I've been quite happy. It made using a laptop much more convenient and useful. It made all the difference.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by AnonymousCoward View Post
                              So a brand new SSD is faster than a bunch of old SSDs that are fragmented beyond all belief after having been subjected to countless pointless benchmarks without trim or a secure erase afterwards. Big fucking news!
                              Read the anantech.com review:

                              http://www.anandtech.com/show/4256/t...3-review-120gb

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