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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
OCZ Apex 120GB SSD OCZSSD2-1APX120G
Features and Specifications
First Look: OCZ Apex SSD
Apex SSD Internal Components
SSD Testing Methodology
Random Access Time Benchmark
Basic IOPS Performance
Linear Bandwidth Speed
I/O Response Time
Buffered Transaction Speed
Windows XP Startup Times
The Truth Behind Heat Output
Solid State Drive Final Thoughts
OCZSSD2-1APX120G Conclusion

OCZ Apex Features

The OCZ Apex SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) Series is the affordable midrange offering for enthusiasts, system builders, and mainstream computer users demanding the latest technology in this fast-developing sector of the storage market. This cost-efficient SSD offers a reliable upgrade from traditional hard disc storage while maintaining a price point that is truly within the reach of a wide range of consumers.

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Offering your notebook or desktop system the incredible benefits of flash-based storage, the OCZ Apex Series is the result of all the latest breakthroughs in SSD technology, including new internal RAID 0 architecture, updated controller design, and speedy 230MB/sec read and 160MB/sec write speeds. OCZ continues to place flash mass storage technology within reach of the average consumer with the Apex Series and delivers on the promise of SSDs as an alternative to traditional hard drives in consumer targeted mobile applications.

The OCZ Apex Series drives feature a durable yet lightweight alloy housing, and because OCZ SSDs have no moving parts, the drives are more rugged than traditional hard drives. Designed for ultimate reliability, Apex Series SSDs have an excellent 1.5 million hour mean time before failure (MTBF) ensuring peace of mind over the long term. All Apex Series drives come backed a two year warranty and OCZ's legendary service and support.

Series

Vertex EX

Summit

Vertex Turbo

Vertex

Apex

Agility

Core v2

Solid

Capacities (GB)

64, 128

32, 64, 128, 256

32, 64, 128, 256

32, 64, 128, 256

64, 128, 256

32, 64, 128

32, 64, 128, 256

32, 64, 128, 256

NAND

SLC

MLC

MLC

MLC

MLC

MLC

MLC

MLC

Controller

Indilinx

Samsung

Indilinx

Indilinx

Dual JMicron

Indilinx

JMicron

JMicron

Cache

64MB

128MB

64MB

64MB

N/A

64MB

N/A

N/A

Read Speed

Up to 260MB/s

Up to 220MB/s

Up to 270MB/s

Up to 250MB/s

Up to 230MB/s

Up to 230MB/s

Up to 170MB/s

Up to 155MB/s

Write Speed

Up to 210MB/s

Up to 200MB/s

Up to 200MB/s

Up to 160MB/s

Up to 160MB/s

Up to 135MB/s

Up to 98MB/s

Up to 90MB/s

Firmware Jumper

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

As of August 2009 the OCZ SSD family includes the following products from top to bottom:

  • OCZ Vertex EX SLC enterprise SSD featuring read performance up to 260 MBps and write bandwidth up to 210 MBps. High Reliability is based on 6, 12, 16-bits/sector correctable by the internal BCH mode.
    • 64GB OCZ Vertex EX (OCZSSD2-1VTXEX60G)
    • 128GB OCZ Vertex EX (OCZSSD2-1VTXEX120G)
  • OCZ Vertex Turbo Series premium enthusiast SSD featuring read performance up to 270 MBps and write bandwidth up to 200 MBps. High Reliability is based on 6, 12, 16-bits/sector correctable by the internal BCH mode.
    • 32GB OCZ Vertex (OCZSSD2-1VTXT30G)
    • 64GB OCZ Vertex (OCZSSD2-1VTXT60G)
    • 128GB OCZ Vertex (OCZSSD2-1VTXT120G)
    • 256GB OCZ Vertex (OCZSSD2-1VTXT250G)
  • OCZ Summit Series MLC enthusiast/enterprise SSD featuring read performance up to 220 MBps and write bandwidth up to 200 MBps. High Reliability is based on 6, 12, 16-bits/sector correctable by the internal BCH mode.
    • 64GB OCZ Summit (OCZSSD2-1SUM60G)
    • 128GB OCZ Summit (OCZSSD2-1SUM120G)
    • 256GB OCZ Summit (OCZSSD2-1SUM250G)
  • OCZ Vertex Series premium SSD featuring read performance up to 250 MBps and write bandwidth up to 160 MBps. High Reliability is based on 6, 12, 16-bits/sector correctable by the internal BCH mode.
    • 32GB OCZ Vertex (OCZSSD2-1VTX30G)
    • 64GB OCZ Vertex (OCZSSD2-1VTX60G)
    • 128GB OCZ Vertex (OCZSSD2-1VTX120G)
    • 256GB OCZ Vertex (OCZSSD2-1VTX250G)
  • OCZ Apex Series SSD with new RAID-0 internal architecture featuring read performance up to 230 MBps and write bandwidth up to 160 MBps. High reliability is based on the internal 15bit BCH mode.
    • 32GB OCZ Apex (OCZSSD2-1APX30G)
    • 64GB OCZ Apex (OCZSSD2-1APX60G)
    • 128GB OCZ Apex (OCZSSD2-1APX120G)
    • 256GB OCZ Apex (OCZSSD2-1APX250G)
  • OCZ Agility Series mainstream SSD featuring read performance up to 230 MBps and write bandwidth up to 135 MBps. High Reliability is based on 6, 12, 16-bits/sector correctable by the internal BCH mode.
    • 32GB OCZ Agility (OCZSSD2-1AGT30G)
    • 64GB OCZ Agility (OCZSSD2-1AGT60G)
    • 128GB OCZ Agility (OCZSSD2-1AGT120G)
  • OCZ Core v2 Series mainstream consumer SSD featuring read performance up to 170 MBps and write bandwidth up to 98 MBps. High reliability is based on the internal BCH 15bit ECC.
    • 32GB OCZ Core (OCZSSD2-2C30G)
    • 64GB OCZ Core (OCZSSD2-2C60G)
    • 128GB OCZ Core (OCZSSD2-2C120G)
    • 256GB OCZ Core (OCZSSD2-2C250G)
  • OCZ Solid Series value SSD featuring read performance up to 155 MBps and write bandwidth up to 90 MBps. High reliability is based on the internal BCH 15bit ECC.
    • 32GB OCZ Solid (OCZSSD2-1SLD30G)
    • 64GB OCZ Solid (OCZSSD2-1SLD60G)
    • 128GB OCZ Solid (OCZSSD2-1SLD120G)
    • 256GB OCZ Solid (OCZSSD2-1SLD250G)

1APX120G Specifications

  • Available in 60GB, 120GB, 250GB capacities
  • Read: up to 230 MB/sec
  • Write (120-250GB): up to 160 MB/sec
  • Seek: <.2-.3ms
  • Slim 2.5" Design
  • 99.88 x 69.63 x 9.3mm
  • Lightweight 77g
  • Operating Temp: -10C ~ +70C
  • Storage Temp: -55C ~ +140C
  • Low Power Consumption
  • Shock Resistant 1500G
  • Internal RAID 0 Support
  • MTBF 1.5 million hours
  • 2 year warranty



 

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