The vertex 2 was a great Sata II SSD, I have the patriot Pro, very similar as both used the SF-1200 Conrroller.
Before you Buy visit the OCZ forum, look at Frmware 1.09 which was suppost to be a fix for 1.08. Suppositly only about 1% have problems. My take - Plug & Pray, because if you are in the "1%" you are currently stuck. I'm Not Irish so I'm in the 1%
Yes the Vertex III has very good stats for compressable Sequential data - This is the LEST important feature. In day-to-day use there is not a great deference (bragging rights Yes) between the marvel controller vs the SF22xx controller. - Can not say about the wildfire as it has not ben out long enough. Look to test that refect the real world, NOT Seqencial performance.
Yes, you must take Newegg reviews with a grain of salt and a fair number are user causedBut whan you see 20+ % dissatisfied for one SSD and only 10% for another - They are the same group of people which means the same % of user caused will apply, so thake heed!!
Have 7 SSDs - Only one was a dud - You quessed it, the OCZ III, Somehow I do not think it was me!
Reference to real world, about the closest is PC vantage. Here is a comparisison, and yes OCZ is at the top, but in several of the catagory is is only around 10 % - !0% in not even noticable for most.http://www.anandtech.com/show/4421/the-2011-midrange-ssd-roundup/6