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OCZ Vertex 4 (256GB) review

OCZ Vertex 4 SSD (256GB) - Indilinx to the Fore

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Overall rating 7.5/10
Performance:
8
Features:
7
Value:
7.5
THE GOOD
Generally very fast write performance
Good performance when dealing with non-compressible data
THE BAD
Below average read performance
Erratic performance on PCMark 7, PCMark Vantage and HD Tune


Test Setup

Test Setup

The drives tested on our new storage testbed, has the following system specifications:

  • Intel Core i5-2400 (3.1GHz)
  • MSI Z68A-GD80 (Intel Z68 chipset)
  • 2 x 4GB DDR3-1600 memory
  • MSI GeForce 8600 GTS
  • Windows 7

The list of SSDs tested are as follows:

  • OCZ Vertex 4 (256GB) (Firmware 1.5 Beta)
  • Transcend SATA III SSD720 (256GB) (Firmware: 5.0.2)
  • Kingmax SATA III SSD SMP35 Client (240GB) (Firmware: L0306)
  • Intel SSD 520 Series (240GB)
  • Crucial M4 SSD (240GB)
  • Kingston HyperX SSD (240GB)
  • OCZ Vertex 3 (240GB)
  • Patriot Pyro SE (240GB)

OCZ’s all-new Vertex 4 drives will be compared with the current bumper crop of high-end consumer-grade SSDs. Presently, the fastest SSDs we have tested are all using the very popular SandForce SF-2281 controller, so it’ll be interesting to see how the Vertex 4 and its Indilinx Everest 2 controller fare. The only other drive not using the SandForce controller is the Crucial M4, which has a Marvell 88SS9174 controller.

The list of benchmarks used are as follows:

  • AS-SSD benchmark 1.6.4
  • HD Tune Pro 4.6
  • CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1
  • PCMark 7
  • PCMark Vantage
  • Iometer (version 2006.07.27)