Recently, OCZ began simplifying its SSD product line quite significantly in order to make the decision-making process easier for consumers. This was also encouraged by the fact that even budget models today offer some great performance. OCZ’s Vertex 3.20 targets that market, replacing the Agility and Vertex 3. Is it a worthy successor?
Futuremark’s PCMark benchmarking suite should need no introduction; it has been a staple of PC benchmarks for the better half of a decade. It includes over 25 individual workloads designed to measure all aspects of system performance and gives individual scores in each test as well as an overall system performance score for easy system comparisons.
PCMark 7 offers a more accurate measure of performance as compared to its predecessor, PCMark Vantage. The storage scoring metrics especially were significantly re-tuned and optimized with SSDs in mind to give a more balanced disk subsystem score.
For easy comparison, it’s worth noting the Kingston V300, HyperX, and the Intel 335 each utilize the same underlying SandForce controller, although only the V300 is a budget model.
The Vertex 3.20 edges out the V300 in the overall PCmark score by a single point, but slots in behind it once we turn to the storage system score. Gaming has always been a strong suit for SandForce controllers, which is probably why the 3.20 does well in the gaming subtest.