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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

ATTO Disk Benchmark Results

EDITORS NOTE: Benchmark Reviews has also tested OCZ Vertex SSD RAID-0 Performance

EDITORS NOTE: ATTO Disk Benchmark is not designed to be used as bandwidth speed tool, as the final results are determined by user-set variables. Benchmark Reviews uses ATTO Disk Benchmark as a tool for illustrating basic IOPS load performance at various chunk load sizes. Please read the Solid State Drive Benchmark Performance Testing article to understand how the benchmarks used in this article should be interpreted.

EDITORS NOTE 05/10/2009: Benchmark Reviews has re-tested the OCZ Vertex with the latest v1.10 firmware, which includes TRIM support, and the resulting performance was generally identical to the previous firmware. Please remember that TRIM is a Windows 7 supported feature, and does not improve performance on Windows XP or Vista Operating Systesm.

The ATTO Disk Benchmark program is free, and offers a comprehensive set of test variables to work with. In terms of disk performance, it measures interface transfer rates at various intervals for a user-specified length and then reports read and write speeds for these spot-tests. There are some minor improvements made to the 2.34 version of the program, but the benchmark is still limited to non-linear samples up to 256MB. While the bandwidth results are no realistic for determining the maximum drive speeds, ATTO Disk Benchmark is still a good tool for illustrating the bandwidth at different file size chunks. Please consider the results displayed by this benchmark to be basic IOPS performance indicators.

Beginning with the integrated Intel ICH10R Southbridge chip connected to the OCZ Vertex, the ATTO Disk Benchmark tools performs file transfers ranging from 0.5 KB to 8192 KB. This 120GB OCZSSD2-1VTX120G part shows a 249 MBps read plateau from 256-8192 KB file chunks, while the 127 MBps write performance plateaus from 128-8192 KB. This isn't nearly as good as we experienced with the OCZ Apex SSD, but still very good none the less.

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Although OCZ has integrated a 64MB buffer on the Vertex SSD, it still have lukewarm writer performance with small file chunks. The larger buffer helps, but the two internal SSD controllers found handling a RAID-0 striped array on the OCZ Apex SSD did better. OCZ uses ATTO to define maximum read and write bandwidth for the OCZSSD2-1VTX120G, which is stated as 200 MBps read and 160 MBps write bandwidth. While the read performance is well-above that figure and nearing 250 MBps, the writer performance is considerably less at around 137 MBps according to ATTO.

Drive Hardware

  • OCZ Vertex 120GB SATA SSD OCZSSD2-1VTX120G

In our next section, we test linear read and write bandwidth performance of the OCZ Vertex and compare its speed against several other top storage products. Benchmark Reviews feels that linear tests are the best method for testing SSD products, as detailed in our Solid State Drive Benchmark Performance Testing article.



 

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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