The only benchmark I've run is 3DMark 11 Basic, so I don't have any actual numbers. However startup time went from 2 minutes 23 seconds to 45 seconds with all my startup programs loaded. I have SUPERAntiSpyware Pro, Malwarebytes Pro, WinPatrol Plus,, [email protected]
, magicJack, PlayOn (for streaming to Xbox 360), APC PowerChute Personal (for UPS), Epson Event Manager, Xmarks for IE, Secunia PSI, MSE, AMD Catalyst and AI Roboform all run at startup. Also all programs load instanteously. The only downfall I see to this drive, is that the firmware isn't upgradable if the ssd is setup as the boot drive. Atleast not in Windows. You can run it from Ubuntu. All you have to do is either burn Ubuntu on a CD/DVD or a flash drive. I personally put the ssd in in Sata slot 1 and put it last in the boot order. I left Windows 7 on my old WD Caviar Black long enough to upgrade the firmware from 2.08 to 2.11. I then restarted, put the dvd/rw as 1st boot device, formatted the WD Caviar Black and installed Windows 7 on the ssd. Windows 7 installed in 20 minutes. I then installed mobo and video card drivers. Rebooted after each driver, turned off hard drive going to sleep, set computer to High Performance and ran Windows Experience Index. The ssd get's a 7.9. If you read Newegg's reviews you'll notice something. Any people that had problems with this drive had an Intel chipset mobo with IntelRST installed. IntelRST is the problem and if you do a search about the OCZ Vertex 3 and IntelRST you'll find a registry hack that solves the problem. My board is AMD chipset, which is smart enough to use Microsoft's driver, which doesn't have any issue's.Other than the price, I have absolutely no complaints. P.S. all startup times were recorded using my cellphone's stopwatch.