The OCZ Vertex SSD is already ballistically fast, so the company has had an idea: let's make it faster!
Today OCZ has announced the 'Vertex Turbo Edition', which increases both the host clock-speed and the SDR DRAM cache to 180MHz versus 166MHz on the original series. The result is a small increase in read speeds from 260MBps to 270MBps and a huge jump in write performance from 160MBps up to 210MBps all packaged around the tried and trusted Indilinx Barefoot controller.
"OCZ is constantly looking for ways to advance our solutions, and based on feedback from our enthusiast consumers and top system integrators we looked for ways to further push the performance envelope in our popular Vertex Series of SSD's," said OCZ product management director Ryan Edwards. "The new Vertex Turbo makes use of the fastest SDR DRAM cache available and a proprietary FTL level firmware that provides an even faster solid state drive for enthusiasts looking for the ultimate desktop or laptop storage upgrade."
The Vertex Turbo will come in 30GB (32), 60GB (64), 120GB (128), and 250GB (256) capacities (the brackets show the full size of the drive but some space is reserved for formatting and redundancy for wear leveling).
As for pricing, no official RRPs have been released but a quick conversation with OCZ has revealed the Vertex Turbo line will launch imminently with a 10 per cent premium compared to their equivalent Vertex models. The series will also come with three year warranties which should provide peace of mind for those still skeptical about long term reliability.
Update: OCZ is also extending the warranty on all its Vertex and Summit SSDs to three years. Yes, the technology is starting to mature people.