I've got a Vertex2 120gb drive currently, had it for a while now and never had a problem and overall i've been very pleased with performance. That literally means nothing of if a Vertex3 will be reliable but my next SSD will be of the OCZ type. The Vertex3 has been out for a while which doesn't necessarily mean that a replacement one will be coming soon as i haven't personally herd about a successor to the Sandforce 2281 or the Vertex 3 line. Now the Octane line is utilizing their own SSD Chip from the Indilinx company they bought out. Will be interesting since OCZ has such a close relationship with Sandforce to see if/how that impacts those lines. Looks like the affordable Octane drives are slower in smaller sizes due to less chips so if i were to buy a drive today, i would go for the Vertex3 and would i wait for the next best thing? nope because you may be waiting a long time. Now if companies announced new drives coming in X months, it might be worth waiting.