Pros: Works great, did a 200hr. grueling test cycle (simulated about 2 years worth of use) - 40$ off a quality SSD because noobs have trouble using OCZ hardware, which isn't exactly user friendly.. I assure you these "refurbished" units were returned for no reason. no bad cells
Cons: none, the nand is made by intel and the controller is rock solid. there isnt anything that could possibly go wrong, it either works or it doesn't
Summary: These two drives are performing so well that I can't find any reason to update the firmware. Even though upgrading to FW v1.5 would probably give me more performance.
Pros: The word "Flawless" comes to mind when I think about these drives. The first one of these I bought back in May. It had FW v1.3 and I installed a fresh copy of Win 7 Ult x64 onto it. It worked perfectly, but it was only slightly faster than my previous Sandforce based SSD. Then FW v1.4 came out after v1.4RC, and v1.4 had significant improvements over v1.3, especially with speed. So I flashed FW v1.4 onto it and reinstalled Win 7 Ult x64. I could "feel" the speed increa...
Summary: Updating the firmware is super easy... Download OCZ toolbox and click a button! Update it as soon as you get the drive though because the update is destructive (data on the drive will be lost). It's worth updating it if your drive does not have 1.5 (or later) firmware. 1.5 is smoking fast!
Pros: I'm an Engineer in the IT field and have been using OCZ SSD's for 2-3 years now. I have used the Agility 2 and Vertex 2 drives but just recently purchased 5 of these Vertex 4 drives and loaded the 1.5 firmare and all I can say is WOW! These are smoking fast! Window 7 x64 reboots in less than 10 seconds (including BIOS POST) on an Optiplex 7010. A single Vertex 4 128GB is undoubtedly faster than my 2 60GB Agility 2 drives that are running in RAID 0 (SATA II).
Cons: The drive came with the 1.3 firmware (which is stable). I didn't realize this and loaded windows 7 and thought it was crazy fast (with 1.3). The 1.5 firmware is WAY faster!