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About 8 months ago, we looked at one of the most affordable yet fastest SSDs in the market, the OCZ Vertex 2. Today, we’ll be taking a look at its successor, which is one of the fastest and most impressive solid state drives available — the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS.

We’ll also be giving the review unit away, which is worth $309.99. So stay tuned!

This is giveaway is over. Find out who won.

Just like the Vertex 2, OCZ doesn’t waste any packaging material. The box that the Vertex 3 comes in is sleek and masterfully designed to be as compact as possible. Along with the drive, you’ll find a 3.5 mounting bracket, some extra screws and a cool sticker.

Among the major upgrades implemented into the Vertex 3 are the updated SATA III interface to fully utilise the 6GB/s transfer speeds on the Sandy Bridge platform and a new, faster Sandforce controller. Keep in mind that this is also the top of the line Max IOPS edition, which supports up to 85,000 IOPS for maximal throughput — only available in 120GB and 240GB configurations.


Our test machine was an early 2011 15″ MacBook Pro fitted with the 2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 “Sandy Bridge”. We removed the standard 500 GB 5,400 rpm hard drive and fitted the OCZ Vertex 3 SSD without a hitch and started to test the drive. We’ve tested several solid state drives in the past but instantly, we could feel the blazing speeds of the Vertex 3.

On paper, the Vertex 3 is supposedly almost twice as fast as the Vertex 2 (if you can believe it!) and boasts crazy transfer speeds of 550 MB/s read and 500 MB/s write. As you can see, our benchmark results were not that far off.

Naturally, you can only unleash the full potential of the Vertex 3 SSD if your computer is equipped with a SATA III interface. Otherwise, the Vertex 3 is backward compatible and will operate at SATA II speeds resulting in 280 MB/s read and 260 MB/s write speeds.

Looking back at all of the OCZ products that we’ve tested including the Vertex 2 OCZ Vertez 2 SSD 120GB Review and Giveaway OCZ Vertez 2 SSD 120GB Review and Giveaway Read More and RevoDrive Turbocharge Your PC With The OCZ RevoDrive PCIe SSD [Giveaway] Turbocharge Your PC With The OCZ RevoDrive PCIe SSD [Giveaway] Read More , we can safely say that OCZ never fails to impress. They only include the best quality controllers and NANDs into their products and this results in a top performing solid state drive that’s mega value for money. We can safely recommend the OCZ Vertex 3 SSD for anyone looking to upgrade their hard drive — it’s a great investment.

We’re giving this review unit away to one lucky MakeUseOf reader so join the giveaway and be in the running to win!

How do I become the winner?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

Please fill in the form with your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner. Click here if you can’t view the form.

The giveaway is over.

Step 2: Share!

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This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, August 19th at 2100hrs PDT. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

Spread the word to your friends and have fun!

MakeUseOf would like to thank OCZ Technology for their generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interesting in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

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  1. Inbox111
    August 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    So? Did somebody win or not? 4 days have passed and nothing is heard.

  2. Fred
    August 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    WTF? I got an alert this morning, but the form is not accepting any more entrants.

    • Tina
      August 23, 2011 at 7:43 am

      I'm afraid the Giveaway ended on August 19th.

      • Aibek
        August 23, 2011 at 9:42 am

        could you forward us a copy of the alert you received. Please send it to aibek[at]makeuseof[dot]com

  3. Jcarial
    August 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Now how cool would this be to win, techies one and all would be envious.

  4. WyomingJoe
    August 19, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I just Won it """""" NOT"""""""

  5. Norb Dusyn
    August 19, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Would love to be the winner of this drive!

  6. stencilp
    August 19, 2011 at 4:38 am

    My 'lil RevoDrive needs a big brother!

  7. Fibroman
    August 18, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Im in!!  Good luck to all!

  8. Kyros Koh Kok Siang
    August 18, 2011 at 3:44 am

    It's done! I love to get this awesome prize... I Like, I Tweet, I Retweet...

  9. Alroboy
    August 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    this is a very nice giveaway.again thanks makeuseof.

  10. Anonymous
    August 17, 2011 at 9:33 am

    liked e tweeted. NICE GIVEAWAY

  11. Anonymous
    August 17, 2011 at 2:37 am

    I want it...!

  12. Bryan Langley
    August 17, 2011 at 12:54 am

    shared! count me in

  13. Kevin Ross
    August 16, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Thanks... I'd love to try one of these SSDs... SuperFAST me !!!

  14. Cezary
    August 16, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Great contest! I hope I will have a lot of luck and win. Regards:)

  15. Richard Darsely
    August 16, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    awesome giveaway! count me in!

  16. Anonymous
    August 16, 2011 at 3:56 am

    Come on… come on… I REALLY want this

  17. Charles Callum
    August 16, 2011 at 3:25 am

    scratch that, may i win!

  18. Charles Callum
    August 16, 2011 at 3:22 am

    may s(he) who needs an ssd the most win

  19. Charles Callum
    August 16, 2011 at 3:20 am

    may (s)he who needs this device the most win

  20. Raymond Barnsley
    August 15, 2011 at 11:05 pm


  21. ForexAngel
    August 15, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Awesome giveaway!  This will take my trading to a whole new level!

  22. Emmanuel Robinson
    August 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    i could really use this!

  23. Jonathan Richards
    August 15, 2011 at 5:13 am

    good luck to the winner

  24. Sebastian Ramirez
    August 14, 2011 at 1:35 am

    i've played my part, make it happen

  25. Rwantono
    August 14, 2011 at 12:28 am

    winning this would be one major boost to my life

  26. Lucchini Samuel
    August 13, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    i cant imagine how glad i'd be to win

  27. Lucchini Samuel
    August 13, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    fingers crossed

  28. Xantor PC
    August 13, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Good luck everyone!

  29. baguzz aji
    August 12, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    that fast, i hope i win one of the giveaway >_>

  30. ShinoKitsune
    August 12, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Awesome Give away :D Good Luck Everyone x]

  31. Dejan Cvetkovic
    August 12, 2011 at 10:08 pm


  32. Antonio
    August 12, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Awesome giveaway! I wish I'm lucky enough this time round

  33. Christopher Kusek
    August 12, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Though on a side note; is Trim auto-enabled as part of this? I'd be slapping it into a MBP 15" 2011 as well and want to ensure whether I win one (or buy one) how this will benefit :)

    Any noticing of power/heat needs, and better/worse on 10.6 v LION?

    thanks for this review!

  34. Christopher Kusek
    August 12, 2011 at 2:14 am


  35. Suvrojit Mondal
    August 11, 2011 at 6:30 am

    I would love to have it one day!!!

  36. David
    August 10, 2011 at 3:33 am

    What?!? No Google Plus sharing??!?!

    • Tina
      August 13, 2011 at 4:37 am


      we do offer Google+ sharing. The share button is located at the bottom of the article, along with Facebook, Twitter, and other share buttons.

      • Dave .
        August 15, 2011 at 5:45 pm

        I was referring to the "Step 2" sharing options.

  37. Julie Howard
    August 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Oooooh.  I like!  ?

  38. Antonio Byamukama
    August 9, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    this would be the perfect time to get lucky

  39. Arif Ariff
    August 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    done..........hope this time you give me something :)

  40. Nickdgraaf
    August 9, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I want this so bad.

  41. Sravibvsc
    August 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm

     participated in many giveaways. Hope to win atleast this one. Thank u.

  42. Rui Fonseca
    August 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Awesome GIVEAWAY :-)

  43. Boge
    August 7, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    great giveaway , thanks

  44. Nickdgraaf
    August 7, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Simply awesome!

  45. Priyank
    August 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Wanna win this!!

  46. alex
    August 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    thanks for this great giveaway!

  47. Mirong
    August 7, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Pick me, pretty please?

  48. ryandigweed
    August 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    great giveaway.. :)

  49. Alex S
    August 6, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    OMG I love you MUO for the opportunity!! Good luck all!!!

  50. ShinoKitsune
    August 6, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Sweet~ an Awesome Give away =D

  51. Sebastian
    August 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Hope I win, giveaway ends on my birthday!

  52. kurtum-i
    August 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Thank you jackson

  53. L0minus
    August 6, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Hopefully I will win once...

  54. Kyrdguo
    August 6, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    i really hope to get this one!

  55. OverDOzeee
    August 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Me neeeds one :-)

  56. Simon Sant Cassia
    August 6, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Would just like to add that the link at the end of the article to OCZ Technology is broken. GREAT prize giveaway. Is this open to worldwide readers of U.S. only?

    • Tina
      August 6, 2011 at 2:18 am

      Thanks for the heads-up, Simon!

      Unless otherwise stated, our Giveaways are open to participants worldwide. Exceptions may apply to some countries due to Facebook regulations.

  57. Anonymous
    August 5, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Poor unemployed college students who are computer science majors love free stuff especially electronics!

  58. Anonymous
    August 5, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Would love to have this! And now that LION is out, its going to be an awesome experience of using a Mac with an SSD!

  59. Imac74
    August 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I wanna win this !!!!!

  60. MrTax
    August 5, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Great!!! :-)

  61. Arif Ariff
    August 4, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    wanna win :)

  62. Oli C
    August 4, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Good luck everyone. I hope to win :P

  63. Yappe
    August 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Would be really nice to own this one :)

  64. Anonymous
    August 4, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I am SO willing to test this out on my MacBook Pro 15"!

  65. B_richardhess
    August 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Even those of us who are electronics klutzes can appreciate something like this.  Glad I found MUO.

  66. djgrant
    August 4, 2011 at 1:42 am

    I *NEED* this!!!  :)

  67. Anh Tao
    August 4, 2011 at 1:22 am

    I want it, I want it.

  68. Rianne Bu Rocamora
    August 4, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Let me WIN this!

  69. Vincent Tsie
    August 3, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Liked and tweeted. I wish everyone good luck ;)

  70. bk
    August 3, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Nice giveaway

  71. Andrew Goins
    August 3, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    MUST.....WIN.... i could use this and fix my sisters computer with my old HDD :3

  72. Anonymous
    August 3, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    All the best to everyone.

  73. Sallie
    August 3, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Wonderful, I like the SSD's , I am a big one on new stuff.

  74. ajay
    August 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    nice giveaway, hoping to have some luck this time.

  75. Chris
    August 3, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    This would make an excellent prize for the winner. 

  76. Lawrance Courtney
    August 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    OMG!!!!! Thats all I can say about this prize!

  77. Schmulschubiak
    August 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    great giveaway...

  78. Gerard
    August 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Is this competition world wide, or US only?  If its only U.S. can I get it sent to family (that live in the US) or can I get it sent directly to me in the UK?

    • ænon1mus
      August 3, 2011 at 11:01 pm

      It's open to readers worldwide

  79. slugbug55
    August 3, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Would love to win this awesome prize.

  80. Anonymous
    August 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    We gamers, professionals, and enthusiasts, needs this. Good luck to all! Thank you MUO! 

  81. Mark Navarro
    August 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Nice... I wanna win this..