Links to reviews of:
Regular Vertex 3 at 240GB (basically a MAX IOPS at 120GB:
Regular Vertex 3 at 120GB (synchronous NAND) = Faster than the Corsair Force 3:
Agility 3 at 240GB (Approximately the same as a Corsair Force at 240GB) = Still significantly faster than a Corsair Force at 120GB:
Here is the spec sheet of the Vertex 3 MAX IOPS: http://www.ocztechnology.com/res/man...duct_sheet.pdf
And here is the spec sheet of the Agility 3: http://www.ocztechnology.com/res/man...duct_sheet.pdf
Please notice the read/write speeds with AS-SSD (which uses incompressible data) on the 120GB version for both drives... I'll just put them here for good measure:
SequentialRead AS-SSD: 195 MB/s
SequentialWrite AS-SSD: 130 MB/s
4K Random Read AS-SSD: 23,000 (90 MB/s)
4K Random Write AS-SSD: 23,000 (90 MB/s)
SequentialRead AS-SSD: 500 MB/s
SequentialWrit eAS-SSD: 230 MB/s
4K Random Read AS-SSD: 47,000 IOPS (185 MB/s)
4K Random WriteAS-SSD: 47,000 IOPS (185 MB/s)
Now I know the Agility 3 has a different firmware from the Corsair Force 3, but it uses the same controller and the same NAND, so while it may be a bit faster it's not going to be much. Unfortunately Corsair doesn't supply us with good test data. The 85,000 IOPS is achievable on a regular Vertex 3 as well with the same setting, which they DID supply at least.
Well I hope I've given you something to think about. I recommend you read the reviews from Anandtech, since he's basically the go-to guy for SSD reviews, and really knows his stuff.
The question of real world performance is also relevant. Windows doesn't rely on incompressible data only, so you might not feel that the Corsair is slower than the MAX IOPS, since both drives are FAST, period.
So you're probably going to be happy with either as a system drive, but they are definitely not the same drive, and if you do some video/audio/photo editing the MAX IOPS will leave the Force 3 in the dust.Edited by DeathOfNames - 5/30/11 at 6:55pm