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OCZ Vertex 120GB SSD - OCZ Vertex 120GB SSD

By Edward Chester

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Summary

Our Score:

8

Adding the drive to our test bed as a completely blank spare, we ran the read and write tests of HDTune, the definitive hard drive benchmarking tool. In both tests the drive held up to OCZ's claims with an average (and consistent) read speed of 219.6MB/s and write speed of 197MB/s. Access times were also reported as below 0.1ms, so all in all it looks like a pretty fast drive.

Next we loaded our hard drive test image onto the drive. This consists of an installation of Windows Vista 32-bit Home Premium, the drivers for our test motherboard and graphics card, and an installation of PCMark Vantage and Crysis. With this lot copied onto the drive we ran the HDD portion of PCMark Vantage, which comprehensively tests a drive's performance by emulating a number of common Windows tasks like importing music into Windows Media Player and video conversion, while also including application loading times. As you can see from below, the OCZ put in an impressive performance, only narrowly missing out to Intel's X25-M overall and comfortably beating the Apex series.

Simon J

June 12, 2009, 12:16 pm

Interesting review. It seems OCZ have finally got a drive that puts the frighteners on Intel's excellent Intel's X25-M, especially when you consider the 160GB is about £200 more. Can you confirm if you were running the latest firmware for the OCZ drive? I think this was released a couple of months ago and is available on their website?





Also how long will it be before you are able to test the new OCZ Summit drive, which is built using the new Samsung controller and has 128mb cache on board?

Kanu

June 12, 2009, 2:08 pm

This comment in the review is somewhat bizzare:


"However, its speed and price is overkill if you're thinking of getting an SSD for a simple, low-cost media center or laptop where your primary concerns are to save on heat, noise and power consumption. "





The SSD is silent and produces little heat. It is precisely what all the folks on SilentPCreview for example have spent years looking for. It is decently priced for the problems it does solve.





Why on earth then, would it be "overkill" for a media center? I would think SSD is actually a primary choice for a media center, particularly if you have a NAS elswehere with the bulk of your files as it true for most media center owners.





As for the laptop, again why woudnt a laptop owner want a silent ad cooler drive. I for one had spent years on a constant chace for a more silent, even fanless laptop that is still powerful. Again this isnt overkill, it's a Godsend!

Frederik

June 12, 2009, 2:18 pm

Let's hope then that the new Agility series will get a recommendation from this site, they should be the 'price-breaker series'. Have a look here, http://www.ocztechnology.com/p.... I want one in my next laptop with Windows 7. Let's hope prices go down in 2009 / 2010.

Jay Werfalli

June 12, 2009, 4:01 pm

@Kanu - what Ed is saying is that this SDD's price and speed is overkill when you can get an SSD for less which still does the same job of reducing heat, noise and power consumption, albeit not as quickly (i.e for systems where top-notch speed isn't necessarily a priority). I've tweaked it to make it clearer, though.

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