Sometimes, in order to move forward, you have to take two steps back. The road to progress is not strictly linear and there are plenty of paths to take that fork and diverge. Assessing where the next step should land and what the ultimate destination is, requires careful planning and sometimes sacrifice. This is especially true for a company, such as OCZ, that has faced some challenges in the last few years and has been redefining themselves, slowly but surely, to provide a larger enterprise-aimed product line while maintaining a consumer line that is competitive in a rapidly changing market.
For their consumer desktop line, OCZ has outfitted their offerings with Indilinx controllers, a property they acquired in 2011. These controllers proved to be very good, especially their Barefoot 3 powered Vector, which was quite superior even compared to their Everest 2 Vertex 4 line. The competition in the consumer storage market is heating up once again and requires aggressive action. With OCZ focused on the expansion of enterprise-based solutions, streamlining their product line means reducing their consumer based offerings while creating SSDs that are cost-effective to produce.
The OCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD replaces the Agility 4 in OCZ’s mainstream consumer-class SSD line. The OCZ Vertex 3.20 derives its name from the use 20nm MLC flash compared to the previous 25nm of the original. Still utilizing a SandForce 2281 controller, the OCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD comes in 120 GB and 240 GB capacities with sequential read and write speeds of 550 MB/s and 520 MB/s respectively. Compared to the previous Vertex 3 SSD, which had an idle power consumption of 1.65W and active power consumption of 3W, the Vertex 3.20 uses a mere 0.55W on idle and 2.1W while in use. For users concerned about reliability, the OCZ Vertex 3.20 is endurance rated for 20GB/day of host writes for 5 years under typical client workloads and has a MTBF of 2 million hours. As with the Vertex 3 SSD, the Vertex 3.20 supports TRIM (OS dependent) and features SandForce DuraWrite architecture technology which extends flash rated endurance. The OCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD is covered by a 3-year warranty, including toll-free tech support and firmware updates.