Reviews and Problems with OCZ Vertex 2 Series (OCZSSD1-2VTX/OCZSSD2-2VTX/OCZSSD2-2VTXE/OCZSSD2-2VTX/OCZSSD2-2VTXEX/OCZSSD3-2VTX)
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OCZ Vertex 2E 60GB 2.5" SSD review
25 March 2012
Conclusion: After being so thoroughly impressed by the original Vertex 60GB just a few short months ago, it was hard to imagine that we'd be similarly impressed by any follow-up to that drive, but thanks to its SandForce controller and a price point which matches its predecessor, we've fallen even more deeply in love with the 60GB Vertex 2.
Conclusion: SSDs still aren’t ready to push hard drives out completely; capacity and price haven’t reached parity with their mechanical counterparts yet. That doesn’t mean SSDs aren’t a viable option though, especially as a boot drive with a larger mechanical drive for data storage. The Vertex 2 was my first long-term exposure to an SSD, and I’ll admit I’m sold on it even at the higher cost-per-bit.
Conclusion: Breaking the 1 GBps mark is a monumental step for any storage subsystem, and to push nearly 30% faster than that in certain tests is a testament to the solid design of the OCZ Vertex 2 drives. The Intel PCH67 is definitely getting a workout running these drives at such phenomenal speeds, but it handled them very well without complaining or losing performance.
Excerpt: OCZ Technology is the Swiss Army of solid state drives. The company has a product in their line-up for every occasion. Until now desktop users have been forced to pay a premium for smaller 2.5" notebook drives that need a desktop adapter bracket. Notebook drives require larger flash modules and need an adapter to fit in desktops. These premium parts raise the cost of the SSD whether you need them or not.
Summary: OCZ continues to produce solid state drives that excel in access speed, read/write throughput and input/output operations per second. The 120Gb 3.5" Vertex 2 is equal to or better than its 2.5" SandForce-based siblings in most performance tests we've run, and the larger size means easier compatibility with desktop machines.
Summary: HD Tune Pro is a relatively new benchmark for us here at BCCHardware but we're getting to like it and enjoy the Random Read and Write performance testing that this software can display. This benchmark now allows random read and write tests to be performed, and the results are displayed on a very handy chart. HDTune tests 512 byte, 4KB, 64KB, 1MB and Random sizes of data over the disk.
Pros: Fast read performance, SandForce SF-1200 controller is very efficient, Supports TRIM, SMART and NCQ, Excellent read and write speeds on 4K random tests
Cons: 3 year warranty seems a bit low, Doesn't live up to rated speeds
Conclusion: Let us summarise the most important positive and negative points below: The OCZ Vertex 2 series drives are good: in fact, extremely good. Reading and writing access times are lightning fast and applications load in an instant, making the OCZ Vertex 2 series of drives ideal as the operating system drive with all the user’s installed applications. 4K random IOP performance is phenomenal and small file threaded performance is excellent.
Pros: Silky smooth operation as a system drive and completely stable., Outstanding reading and writing performance., Outstanding 4K random I/O performance, Excellent multitasking potential., TRIM support under Windows 7, Lightning fast access times., Completely silent operation., Fast operating system start-up and shutdown times., Fast application loading., 3 years warranty., MTBF: 2,000,000 hours
Cons: Expensive with high cost per GB of user storage.
Excerpt: One of the major ways to increase your computers speed and effectiveness is by upgrading your regular hard drive to an SSD (Solid State Drive). With increased speeds, some other major differences in upgrading to an SSD drive are the fact the an SSD drive is completely silent where as a regular hard drive has moving parts in it which cause all those annoying noises and clicking sounds you most definitely hear when you are working with a laptop computer.
Conclusion: There's no doubt the performance of the OCZ Vertex 2 120Gb SSD (3.5") is extremely good. During our Everest disk tests, it produced some excellent scores with an average linear read speed of 242.8 Mb/sec, and an average linear write speed of 238.7 Mb/sec. So how did it compare against other SSDs we've tested in our labs? Well, looking at the results, you can see the average linear read speed falls slightly behind both the ADATA S596 Turbo and Patriot TorqX.
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