When it's all said and done, the Vertex 3 120GB Max IOPS is just plain fast, and over the past year has been consistently among the fastest. The one thing you need to consider, however, is that the 25nm Intel NAND drives are also very fast, but are significantly cheaper. The competition is fierce in the consumer SSD segment right now, and in the past few weeks we have seen 120GB drives, such as the Patriot Pyro and OCZ Vertex 3 flirting around the ~$115 range, which is ultimately very difficult to pass up if you're in the market for a 120GB SSD.
With that said, there are many people and companies out there who are actually capable of utilizing the performance boost seen in the Vertex 3 Max IOPS, in which case the ~25% premium may very well be worth it to shave seconds off an intensive file operation. And if you're an enthusiast looking for the best-of-the-best, you're choices are relatively slim, and the Vertex 3 Max IOPS will be in the mix, and as it's priced very competitively with its close competition, it would be hard to rule against it.
And although it may be stated that the 32nm NAND will have greater durability, with the Sandforce-2281 controller, these drives are expected to last decades, even with the 25nm Intel NAND, so it's hard to state that as an advantage for the Max IOPS series. In the end, the Vertex 3 Max IOPS packs all of the latest features to grace SSDs such as TRIM and S.M.A.R.T., and the acclaimed Sandforce-2281 controller means you've got one of the best controllers in the business. Although the ~25% price hike for the performance boost may be a tough sell for most consumers, for those looking for every ounce of speed at a competitive price, you need not look much further than the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS.
The only questions remaining are how far the "opening" in the storage market due to the mechanical hard drive shortage will allow SSDs to penetrate into the consumer segments and force prices farther down. We also wonder, at the rapid pace which SSD technology is evolving, how well the Sandforce-2281 will stand up against OCZ's own new Everest controllers from their acquisition of Indilinx and those from other manufacturers in the near future.
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