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OCZ Vertex 2.5” (120GB)

SSD Summer Slam: 12 New 2.5" And 1.8" Drives Rounded-Up

The Vertex is OCZ’s Indilinx-based SSD. The drive comes with 64MB cache memory and is available at 60GB, 120GB, and 250GB capacities. We like that OCZ recommends which drivers you should use with the drive. The company also offers a garbage collection tool, which reorganizes stored data by executing deletes. This results in preventing the drive from going the full read/erase/write cycle on blocks that were previously used when new data has to be written.

Note that we kept using Intel’s storage drivers on our reference storage test system. This is the configuration we use for all other SSDs, and we don’t want to start adjusting drivers for individual drives. Most users wouldn’t know about this recommendation unless they take the time and accidentally read them on the OCZ Vertex product page.

OCZ’s specified performance numbers sound solid and honest: 250 MB/s read maximum, 180 MB/s write maximum, and 100 MB/s sustained writes for the 120GB drive we tested. Our benchmarks reported 214 MB/s for reads, but they go all the way down to a minimum of 52 MB/s. Using the garbage collection tool didn’t help much here. The Vertex delivers average I/O performance and average PCMark Vantage application benchmark results. Its power consumption stayed in the green zone between 0.5W and 1.1W, helping the drive pull in impressive performance per watt results. The drive didn’t dominate in any category, but it is a solid all-around desktop or mobile SSD.

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    Anonymous , 8 September 2009 02:48
    shit review, the G1 is alot worse then the G2 over time/use and intel won't be giving the G1 the Trim command
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    BrightCandle , 8 September 2009 03:05
    Would have been helpful to have a hard drive in there for comparison just to reflect just how far SSDs improve performance.

    Where are the comparisons at empty verses used? This is a key differentiator at the moment and you seem to have missed the point completely. Its not how well a drive performs out of the box its how far it degrades once time has taken its toll.
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    Anonymous , 8 September 2009 16:57
    There is a lot missing from this article. TBH, I wouldn't use this as a basis for making a decision on what SSD to buy.

    One of your competitors has a superb article on SSD that they published recently, that delves into new vs used performance, and a good explanation of TRIM, and why it's important.

    IMO, this article is not up to the usual THG high standard.
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    Anonymous , 11 September 2009 01:47
    Why is the Vertex doing so extremely bad in the write-test?? Just 74MB/s write?? Is that a typo and is it suposed to be 174MB/s?
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    bobwya , 11 September 2009 03:38
    Fail, Fail, Fail.

    Once again THG resorts to lots of silly benchmarks but misses the point... I wouldn't pick a drive based on this roundup!

    Where, or where are the degradation of write performance tests... Thinking where all the Flash blocks are used and write cycles become Write-Read-Write cycles. (heading off to AnandTech again...)

    Where is the Patriot Torqx M28 SSD (128Mb cache & 10 year warranty) in this "roundup"??

    If you want a fast boot drive for "desktop usage" you'll surely want more I/O performance emphasise.

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    bobwya , 11 September 2009 03:44
    bobwya... Thinking where all the Flash blocks are used and write cycles become Write-Read-Write cycles. ...

    I meant Read-Modify-Write of course!!
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    Anonymous , 20 September 2009 18:32
    It's like you guys haven't read Anand's articles on SSDs or intentionally ignoring it. SSDs with JMicron controllers are automatically crippled SSDs. At least until JMicron cleans up their shoddy work, but then they'd have to fight against a bad reputation.