|OCZ Vertex-2 Extended Solid State Drive|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 08 July 2010|
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OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Conclusion
Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating for the sample received which may differ from retail versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.
Our performance rating considers how effective the 120GB OCZ Vertex 2 'Extended' SSD performs in operations against direct competitor SATA storage solutions. For reference, SandForce specifies the SF-1200 at 260 MB/s read and write, while OCZ increases performance expectations to 285 MB/s read and 275 write. In our benchmark tests, the Vertex 2 SSD performed at or above this rating. The OCZ Vertex 2 Extended SSD delivered 284/277 MBps peak read and writes speeds using ATTO Disk Benchmark SSD speed tests with Everest Disk Benchmark produced 264/259 MB/s, making this one of the fastest SATA-3GBps MLC SSD's Benchmark Reviews has ever tested. The retail OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G kit that OCZ sent for testing uses a custom 1.10 firmware release, and IOPS performance was higher than most other SF-1222 based SSDs. Operational performance was outstanding when tested with Iometer, compared to other SSDs, and proved that OCZ's investment into SandForce's custom firmware has paid off. Enthusiasts can expect high operational speeds and functionality for demanding applications.
Solid State Drives are low-visibility products: you see them just long enough to install and then they're forgotten. Like their Hard Disk Drive counterparts, Solid State Drives are meant to place function before fashion. Anything above and beyond a simple metal shell is already more than what's expected in terms of the appearance. OCZ has created an back-to-basics look with the black and silver label on their Vertex 2 SSD series, while the black metal chassis matches the others in their product line. As solid state controllers become faster and more advanced, heat dissipation through the enclosure walls may demand that chassis designs become more beneficial than they previously needed to be.
Construction is probably the strongest feature credited to any solid state product line, and the OCZ Vertex 2 series is no exception. Solid State Drives are by nature immune to most abuses because of their architecture and technology, but the hard metal shell adds a superfluous level of protection. If an OCZ Vertex 2 SSD Series product does happen to fail during the 3-year warranty period, end-users may contact OCZ via the company website, or extensive support forums. Fortunately, there's also a toll-free telephone number (800-459-1816) for free technical support and customer service questions.
Benchmark Reviews has tested the OCZ Vertex 2 Extended SSD against many of its closest competitors, and the performance results were impressive by their own merits. In fact, the OCZ Vertex 2 Extended SSD outperformed all other SandForce-based SSDs in nearly every single bandwidth speed and operational performance test performed. High-performance computer enthusiasts will enjoy the a noteworthy 0.16 ms response time, which assures a nearly-instant reactions when called upon. Based on the SATA-3.0 SandForce SF-1222TA3-SBH processor, the OCZ Vertex 2-series delivers native TRIM garbage collection (in Windows 7) and SMART support with impressive transfer speeds. More importantly, SandForce DuraClass technology adds their proprietary RAISE and DuraWrite features not available to other SSDs, and the end result is a product that could last up to five times longer with less wear on NAND flash modules due to 7% over-provisioning.
SandForce SSDs are taking the storage market by storm, has helped the OCZ Vertex 2 dominate the high-performance PC hardware segment. Not only are SandForce-based Solid State Drives extremely fast, but more importantly they're capable of SLC-level operational performance I/O and NAND durability. The OCZ Vertex 2 series builds from the powerful SandForce SF-1222 solid state processor, which brings innovation to the SSD industry by prolonging MLC NAND flash module lifetime and delivering RAID-like data redundancy. When one SandForce product is physically identical to another, the overall value depends on price, warranty, and customer support. If you're price shopping, a quick stroll through our other recent SandForce SF-1200 product reviews will reveal other SSD options.
As of mid September 2010, OCZ's Vertex 2 series dominates every capacity with a very competitive price point at NewEgg. There are several capacities available, depending on whether you prefer standard (28% over-provision) or extended (7% over-provision) Vertex 2 models:
Prices between standard and extended Vertex 2 SSDs are intended to be comparable, with frequent promotions and rebates further reducing costs. Consumers must decide which is most important: less capacity with more over-provisioned NAND intended for a longer Enterprise-class lifetime, or more capacity with less over-provisioning more befitting of end-users. Since both versions offer extremely durable data storage lifetimes, and replacement/refreshment cycles generally run 3-5 years, my recommendation goes for choosing the Vertex 2 'Extended' series.
OCZ's Vertex 2 SSD series has pushed performance results to their highest points in the entire test history of Benchmark Reviews. Extremely high operational IOPS performance was the V2's most coveted attribute, and yet the Vertex 2 still surpassed practically every other SSD storage product we've ever tested in each benchmark. In summary, OCZ's Vertex 2 series outperforms the competition and delivers the best SSD performance available with a better value over other SandForce storage products. The OCZ Vertex 2 easily outmatches all other previous Multi-Layer Cell (MLC) SSDs, and competes head-on with Enterprise-level MLC storage solutions. OCZ offers the Vertex-2 in 50/100/200/400GB capacities, while the Vertex-2 Extended SSD arrives in 60/120/240/480GB capacities. All Vertex 2 kits come with a 2.5" into 3.5" converter tray, which desktop computer enthusiasts should welcome. In a storage market filled with clones, OCZ's Vertex 2 offers the most attractive pricing and a three-year product warranty with high-performance custom firmware. For high-performance enthusiasts and hardcore gamers, the OCZ Vertex 2 offers blazing fast transfer speed and outstanding operational performance.
+ Delivers highest IOMeter IOPS performance ever recorded!
- Not 3rd-Generation SATA-6.0 compliant
Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
Nomination: 2010 Benchmark Reviews Editor's Choice Award
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