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Intel SSD 330 Review: 60, 120, And 180 GB Models Benchmarked
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Firmware Notes:

In late April, OCZ released v3.02.06 of its Toolbox software, along with the 2.22 firmware update for the Vertex 3, Vertex 3 Max IOPS, Agility 3, Solid 3, RevoDrive 3, RevoDrive 3 X2 and Synapse lines.

According to the OCZ, the update resolves two specific problems relating to SSD slumber and secure erase, possibly improving performance in some workloads. After updating our 120 GB Vertex 3, however, we were not able to measure any speed-ups. As a result, we elected not to retest all of our OCZ-branded SSDs.

Test Hardware
Processor
Intel Core i5-2400 (Sandy Bridge), 32 nm, 3.1 GHz, LGA 1155, 6 MB Shared L3, Turbo Boost Enabled
Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3
Memory
Kingston Hyper-X 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1333 @ DDR3-1333, 1.5 V
System Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s
Tested DrivesIntel SSD 320 300 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: 1.92

Intel SSD 320 80 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: 1.92

Intel SSD 330 180 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 300i

Intel SSD 330 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 300i

Intel SSD 330 60 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 300i

Samsung 830 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: CXMO

Samsung 830 64 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: CXMO

Crucial m4 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s Firmware: 0309

Crucial m4 64 GB SATA 6Gb/s Firmware: 0009

OCZ Vertex 3 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.15

OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.22

OCZ Vertex 3 60 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.15

OCZ Agility 3 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.22

OCZ Agility 3 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.22

OCZ Agility 3 60 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.22

Intel SSD 510 250 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 1.22

Intel SSD 520 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 400i

Intel SSD 520 60 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 400i
Graphics
Palit GeForce GTX 460 1 GB
Power Supply
Seasonic 760 W, 80 PLUS Gold
System Software and Drivers
Operating SystemWindows 7 x64 Ultimate
DirectX
DirectX 11
DriverGraphics: Nvidia 270.61
RST: 10.6.0.1002
Virtu: 1.1.101
Benchmarks
Tom's Hardware Storage Bench v1.0
Trace-Based
Iometer 1.1.0
# Workers = 1, 4 KB Random: LBA=8 GB, varying QDs, 128 KB Sequential
PCMark 7
Storage Suite
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