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July 12, 2012

OCZ Vertex4 128 GB SSD Review

OCZ Technology Group, Inc. has built on its expertise in high-speed memory to become a dominant player in the manufacturing and distribution of solid state drives (SSDs), a disruptive, game-changing technology that is replacing traditional rotating magnetic hard disk drives (HDDs). SSDs are faster, more reliable, run cooler, and use significantly less power than the HDDs used in the majority of computers today. In addition to SSD technology, OCZ also offers high performance components for computing devices and systems, including enterprise class power management products and industrial power accessories
 
Today we will be reviewing OCZ technology new high end ssd which OCZ Vertex4 SSD which no longer use sandforce controller but now is powered by Indilinx Infused Controller. So without any wasting time lets jump right into the review .
 

 

Features and Specifications

 

  • SATA 6Gbps Interface
  • Best-in-Class Indilinx Controller Technology
  • Up to 85,000 Random 4K Write IOPS
  • Available in 64GB to 512GB Capacities
  • Access Latency as Low as 0.02ms
  • Strong performance at Lower Queue Depths
  • TRIM Support

 

Physical
Usable Capacities (IDEMA) 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
NAND Components 2Xnm Asynchronous Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
Interface SATA III / 6Gbps (backwards compatible with SATA II / 3Gbps)
Form Factor 2.5 Inch
NAND Controller Indilinx Everest 2
DRAM Cache Up to 1GB
Dimensions (L x W x H) 99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3 mm

 

Reliability/Protection
MTBF 2 million hours
Data Path Protection ECC corrects up to 78 random bits/1KB
Data Encryption 256-bit AES-compliant, ATA Security Mode Features
Product vhealthportal Health Monitoring Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) Support

 

Compatibility
Serial ATA (SATA) Fully compliant with Serial ATA International Organization: Serial ATA Revision 3.0.
Fully compliant with ATA/ATAPI-8 Standard Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
Operating System Windows XP 32-bit /64-bit; Windows Vista 32-bit / 64-bit; Windows 7 32-bit / 64-bit; Linux; Mac OS X

 

Additional Features
Performance Optimization TRIM (requires OS support), dynamic and static wear-leveling, background garbage collection, Indilinx nDurance 2.0 Technology to extend SSD lifespan
Other Performance Features Ndurance 2.0 Technology (Reduced Write Amplification without Compression, Advanced Multi-Level ECC, Adaptive NAND Flash Management)
Service & Support 3-Year Warranty, Toll-Free Tech Support, 24 Hour Forum Support

 

 

Packaging and Unboxing

 

OCZ Vertex4 comes in nice black box . On the box we can all the general features are mentioned which we think are quite good step towards packaging . Because in this way consumer can actually see what the company is offering in product . One thing which is to be noticed very well is that the ” INDILINX ” logo at the top right ,
Yes OCZ this particular SSD use INDILINX controller and not Sandforce which we usually see .

 

After Opening the box , There is another black box inside in it with a flip . The rest of the component is placed inside this black cover box .

The accessories included in the box are following :

  • Installation Guide and Warranty Info
  • A SSD Sticker
  • Some screws to mount the SSD
  • 2.5″ to 3.5″ Mounting Adapter

Also included in the box is the OCZ Vertex4 itself . OCZ Vertex4 is wrapped in antistatic wrap to prevent from any kind of shop during the shipment .

 

Closer look at the OCZ Vertex4

 

The OCZ Vertex4 is very well made , The overall built quality of the SSD is amazing . Moreover the look is very enthusiastic and will go very nicely in any of gaming machine or even in enterprise . The OCZ Vertex4 is powered by INDILINX which is used second time after using this particular controller in OCZ Octane SSD .

 

On the back of the SSD there are connecters for the SATA Data and for the Power to run this SSD .

 

 

Benchmark and Performance

 

The rig we will be using today for testing OCZ Vertex4 128 GB SSD is ,

  • Intel Core i7 2600K CPU
  • ASUS P8Z68 V PRO
  • 8GB Patriot Memory RAM
  • OCZ Vertex4 128 GB SSD  ( OS )

 

The results for ATTO Disk Benchmark , Crystal Disk , HD Tune , AS SSD are below .

 

 

In the End ( Conclusion )

 

The best performance feature of the OCZ Vertex 4 is that it performs great and equally no matter the data that is being transferred or utilized. This is something that no other or very few drives can boast about. SO, in that regards its has one of the best overall data transfer ratios on the market. This is something that can say about all the Vertex models we have tested.

The Vertex 4 has a five year warranty making it one of the longest warranties available for a solid state drive. And with OCZ and Indilinx in partnership, updates are quicker to get.

 

Also the delivery scope of this SSD , is amazing the plus point is the Adapter which is provided which can be used in older casing to mount SSD .
“We are very happy to announce that OCZ Vertex4 128 GB SSD receives award at TechTipsnReview for the following things ,

 

  • Scope of Delivery
  • Enthusiastic Look of the SSD
  • Performance
  • Price to Performance Ratior
  • Overall Quality Built of the SSD

 

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