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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

First Look: OCZ Vertex SSD

The OCZ Vertex Series SSD introduces a new controller to help deliver the manufacturer-rated bandwidth speeds. On the outside, this 120GB SSD (model OCZSSD2-1VTX120G) looks like all of the other Solid State Drive products OCZ offers in their current product family.

When it comes to the appearance of notebook drives, it must be understood that the product you're looking at will be hidden away from plain view once installed. Keeping in mind that this product is solid state, and therefore offers no amount of noticeable physical activity, it takes some special attention to presentation in order to help keep the consumer feeling comfortable with their premium purchase. Unlike the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) storage products, SSD's are practically impervious to impact damage and do not require special vibration dampening or shock-proof enclosures. OCZ utilizes a metal enclosure for the Vertex series, which fastens with four small counter-sunk screws on the underside.

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Standard 2.5" drive bay mounting points are pre-drilled and threaded into the Vertex SSD, which allows for quick upgrade or addition into any existing notebook or desktop system. The mounting positions matched up to the drive bracket on my laptop, and after only a few minutes of drive cloning I was quickly loading Windows XP.

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Unlike desktop computers which utilize a SATA cable system to connect drive to motherboard, nearly all notebooks allow the 2.5" drive to simply slide directly into a connection bay within the system. In addition to notebooks and desktop computer usage, this OCZ Vertex Solid State Drive can be utilized for mission-critical backups or high-abuse data systems. One unfortunate omission from the Vertex series was the integrated High-Speed USB 2.0 Mini-B seen on the Core v2 SSD.

Now that you're acquainted with the basic exterior features of the Vertex SSD, it's time to peek inside the OCZSSD2-1VTX120G enclosure and inspect the internal components...



 

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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