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Written by Olin Coles   
Friday, 20 February 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
OCZ Vertex 120GB SATA SSD OCZSSD2-1VTX120G
Features and Specifications
First Look: OCZ Vertex SSD
Vertex 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
OCZSSD2-1VTX120G Conclusion

Windows XP Startup

After several SSD product reviews in which I recorded Windows XP startup time data, I have repeatedly omitted my results from the article for lack of enough comparison data. In all honesty, I cannot make this an interesting subject. Most of you reading this article have already watched the video of a Windows computer starting up in mere seconds when it used a Solid State Drive, so it wouldn't be very exciting to show it again. Instead, I have recorded the length of time it took for my Dell Inspiron 6400 notebook computer to startup with each drive. Here are the specifications on the notebook:

  • Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook
  • Intel Core Duo T2300 @ 1.66 GHz
  • 2GB DDR2 667 MHz System Memory
  • Windows XP Professional SP3 (identical image cloned to each drive)

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This "test" is going to be useful to laptop computer users only, primarily because I did not test the desktop hard drives. The only hard drive included was the high-performance 7200 RPM Hitachi Travelstar 7K100, which recorded a 28-second load time from the moment I pressed the power button to the moment the Windows Login screen was displayed.

The primary purpose of this test was to demonstrate that a Solid State Drive could in fact cut the Windows load time in half, but there are other factors to consider. It's important to note that this particular Dell notebook consumes almost 11 seconds on the BIOS pre-loading and POST (Power-On Self Test) routine prior to actually beginning to load Microsoft Windows XP, so it's not realistic to think that my results would match another system identically.

Drive Hardware

In the next section, I begin to summarize my final thoughts on the OCZ Vertex series SSD as well as Solid State Drives in general. Please continue on to see what I think of SSD technology in todays consumer market.



 

Comments 

 
# Heat QuestionsGreg 2010-10-05 09:29
The heat section is unclear, you say SSD at load vs idle temps in one sentence but otherwise it seems you are comparing idle temps. The SSDs seem to cover the high and low end of the temperature spectrum so it is hard to understand where you get the conclusion that they are generally cooler.
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# SSD Heat OutputOlin Coles 2010-10-05 09:32
Hello Greg: I've discontinued the measurement of heat output from SSDs. This is because each series of controller operates at a different temp, and the enclosure makes a difference as to how much heat is dissipated out through the walls. In general, SSDs emit a low level of heat, much less than any hard drive, but they do still produce heat.
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# idle vs. full loadmike 2012-07-07 22:53
Could you please do just 1 more set of testing...

Even just 2 SSD vs 2 HDD's, Do an idle temp comparison vs a heavy usage test

Would be very interesting to see! Great article!
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# Vertex SpeedsJack 2013-04-05 13:39
This is a couple years old but these HDD's were discontinued and OCZ will replace the defective units with Vertex Plus Revision 2. My speeds were hitting about 220MB/sec max and averaging 180MB/sec.
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# RE: OCZ Vertex 120GB SATA SSD OCZSSD2-1VTX120GNikolai 2013-07-08 17:31
but one just like it. New but from e-bay. It died in less then a year.
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