Reviews and Problems with OCZ Vertex Series (OCZSSD2-1VTX/OCZSSD2-1VTXEX)
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Died on me (again)
Michael Fruergaard Pontoppidan "Microsoft Bus..., Amazon
10 February 2013
Summary: I've been pretty satisfied with this product. Easy to set up and ok performance. Then it died after about 6 month of usage. I'm using it in a media pc - so no heavy load, just some Windows Media Center TV playback/recording. OCZ replaced the disk within 3 weeks. The new disk ran for about a year before the same thing happened again. I just filled a RMA.
Summary: "The SATA II SSD 2.5 Drive comes un-formatted. It is possible to format the drive ... within the Windows environment under MY Computer ..." Sounds easy. But, it doesn't work. I have spent hours searching the net looking for a way to format/get Windows Explorer to recognize the OCZ SSD. The OCZ Corporate site is no help. Save your self a lot of frustration and a lot of mony - forget SSDs in general and OCZ SSDs especially.
Summary: 1. I have had very good experience with the OCZ SSD products in the past 2. I purchased this product and everything was fine for about a month, then all the sudden I was not able to access the data on the drive. I connected the drive to 2 different SATA2 port, and neither port recognized the drive. 3. I contacted Amazon to make arrangements to return the drive. 4. While I was waiting for a response from Amazon, I was able to format the drive again.
Summary: As far as SSDs go, you really can't get any worse than this. Yes, this performs like an SSD, which is mindblowingly better than an HDD. That's where the positives end. Most reviews here are comparing SSD performance to a standard HDD, which really isn't a fair comparison. The drive is slow. It's error prone (I'm a power user and bought a bunch of these for my home computers, and 2 have died within a year). OCZ support is pathetic, the RMA process took 3 weeks.
Summary: I purchased my drive back in September. It lasted maybe 2-3 weeks before it died. No warning. Tech Support was basically useless in that they didn't care about diagnosing the problem. To their credit, they did immediately offer to replace the drive. (Of course, I had to pay the shipping to send the drive in.) Fast forward 8 months. The new drive suddenly died yesterday. Same response from tech support. I'll be sending this one in for replacement.
Summary: I'm done with OCZ. I'm never buying another one of their SSD's, power supplies or anything. I'm going to call up customer support and demand my $700 back for them selling a faulty product. Trying to get my files and college project back to the point they were at before the drive failed has been a nightmare but I'm willing to bet I won't even receive an apology from OCZ.
Pros: Fast speeds. not much else.
Cons: Reliability. Just a month after buying my 250 GB Vertex it failed. I figured okay it might just have been on the stores self for a long time and may have been a early production model. OCZ sent me a new drive and they said it was fresh off the production line and it shipped directly from Taiwan.
Summary: I was able to get the firmware updated without issue, so I was running the latest (1.3?) version as of late December 2009.
Pros: Very fast. Either faster than or competitive with the Intel SSDs depending on which review site you read. And available in larger sizes, such as this 250GB drive (vs. the max 160GB for the Intel X25M-G2s). Firmware can be upgraded. Supports TRIM (for Windows 7 performance over time).
Cons: Not compatible with Thinkpad T61p. Not sure who's fault this is, but both the Intel and the Corsair P256/Samsung drives work just fine without issue while the OCZ Vertex has problems.
Summary: I am know runnin g the remaing three under raid 5 as I can't stand the thought of putting my computer back together again. The reliability is unacceptable. I would advise all to wait until OCZ reveals the what the problem is and that it has been rectified.
Pros: When they work, they are as fast as promised.
Cons: I purchased for of these units for a raid 0 array. They configured quickly to my Areca 1231, seed so fast it was hard to believe. After about three days, one failed and killed the arrray. I ordered a replacemnt, it lasted about 4 hours.