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

Launch SRP: S$449

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)
7.5
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