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OCZ Vertex 2 (VTX100G, 100 GB)

Tom's Hardware's Summer Guide: 17 SSDs Rounded Up

The regular Vertex 2 is a performance SSD, and there's also a Vertex 2 "E" type (see next page) that is optimized for slightly higher performance, just like G.Skill's Phoenix and Phoenix Pro. However, the differences between the Vertex 2 and the Vertex 2 "E" are much smaller and hardly worth mentioning.

G.Skill offers 50, 100, and 200 GB models. We received the 100 GB drive as a fair price/capacity compromise. The drives are based on SandForce's SF-1200 controller and perform as expected. The Asax ServerOne, G.Skill Phoenix, OWC Mercury Extreme, and RunCore Kylin II drives are all in the same performance range.

The drive comes at a relatively high cost per gigabyte, but all performance results are more than acceptable. Idle power is average at 0.5 W, but peak power consumption for HD video playback, sequential reads, and workstation I/O is excellent, making the Vertex 2 a solid choice if you care about performance per watt.

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    Anonymous , 1 September 2010 04:49
    Where are you getting your prices for the Mercury Extreme? On OWC's site, they list the 120GB Extreme Pro for $319, and the 100gb Extreme Pro RE (RAID ready, with more overprovisioning) for $369. Not the 399 you mention. The most fair comparison is the 120GB Extreme Pro, which I just purchased for my laptop, and its price is just about in line with the other Sandforce drives out there. plus, you get OWC's awesome warrantee, which to me is worth the extra 20 or so dollars.
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    irish_adam , 1 September 2010 08:01
    >_> i just ordered a crucial c300 64gb lol

    It had to be done, i've been waiting ages to get one and tbh i got it for £108 which is nothing compared to a mobo/processor upgrade but will deliver so much more performance.

    Its only small but i have 2TB already for storage, i just need something quick for windows
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    Kralnor , 3 September 2010 03:14
    On the second page you write the following:

    "You can recognize these both by the performance discrepancy between reads and whites and by the exterior"

    Shouldn't that have been "write" rather than "white"? Just a small nitpick, thanks for doing this roundup!
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    jaksun5 , 6 September 2010 15:37
    Did I miss something? Why do we have the Kingston drive in the final tables but not in any of the tests?
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    jaksun5 , 7 September 2010 09:08
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    Mousemonkey , 9 September 2010 11:48
    It was a spammer that got nuked.
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    Gonemad , 16 September 2010 01:55
    I admit I skipped straight to price/performance charts. The text mentions SandForce SSDs, but this name is not on the graphs anywhere, which is a bit troubling. Yes, my lazy eyes will search the article again for the correct relation between fantasy name and manufacturer. Another nitpick.

    ...But what the hell, the Crucial drives show up on the top 1/4 of all the graphs that matter. I smell a Christmas gift for myself coming up...

    Or maybe it is VERY late, and I am VERY sleepy. Otherwise the Crucial's C300 FTW.
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    Godiwa , 2 October 2010 08:07
    GoneMad: they are referring to the Sandforce controller the different SSD's use ;)  which is better then the other controlles some SSD's use so check out each drive which controller they use and you figure it out