OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Reviewccokeman -
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In the world of computing, everyone likes a computer that can start up and shut down quickly. The ability to boot into your system as fast as possible allows you to start the tasks you set out to do that much quicker, not to mention the older you get the greater the chance is that you'll forget what you wanted to use the computer for in the first place! The sweet spot is about 30 seconds or less. It is possible with conventional hard drives, but very hard to attain this "golden" 30-second time. With the speed of SSDs, it should be easier, but there is only one way to tell and that is to test it out. To run these tests, I used a stopwatch to calculate the number of seconds it took from pressing the power button on the case, to having a fully-functioning desktop. For the shut down test, I timed from the click of the shut down button in the start menu, until power was off to the system.
Windows start-up and shutdown are things that are tangible and you can see the response and drive speed. The Vertex 3 was measurably quicker than the earlier drives during start-up, while delivering comparable shut down times to the SSDs. In this age of instant gratification, this drive delivers.