OCZ Vertex 2 100GB
Several manufacturers are jumping on the SandForce bandwagon, and we can’t help but wonder what will happen to the Indilinx-based drives. Are they destined for the mainstream sector? It’s hard to say because they are still very fast drives, making any traditional hard drive look absolutely glacial by comparison.
However, things bode well for the SandForce drives it seems, and OCZ has proven to be a leader in the solid state drive market. The OCZ Vertex 2 100GB Solid State Drive features the latest SandForce controller and has shown to be a force to be reckoned with. The performance is simply jaw-dropping, and while the write speeds easily surpass any previous drive to date, it is the small file and random write performance that is truly impressive. No SSD has matched these numbers yet, and these are the best results we’ve seen to date, putting the Vertex 2 at the top of the performance heap. We’ve looked at most of the top SSDs on the market and the Vertex 2 performance results are simply outstanding.
With a 100GB capacity this OCZ drive isn’t as limited as the smaller drives but it isn’t as much as the full 128GB competitors. Nonetheless, you can easily use it as your primary drive, with Windows 7, MS Office, Photoshop, and even some games on it that would take advantage of insane performance numbers. Currently retailing for approximately $400 USD for 100GB, the Vertex 2 currently sits near the very top of the price range for that SSD capacity. It is more expensive than the Indilinx-base drives, but it’s also faster, though you do give up some storage capacity as a tradeoff.
So inevitably the question remains: is the extra speed worth the price jump over the non-SandForce drives? Well, the cost of performance depends on the person and what one would consider good value. We also understand that bleeding edge technology and top performance always come with a hefty price premium. The Vertex 2 certainly isn’t cheap, but there’s no denying its appeal; similar to drooling at a Ferrari, pining for the best is understandable.
The single biggest bottleneck in modern systems is indeed the hard drive, and after using SSDs, especially the Vertex 2, I simply want to cry whenever I have to go back to a system with a tradtional platter hard drive. Yes, it makes that much difference. And for those who can afford it, the speed jumps provided by a drive such as this are intoxicating.
In the end, the OCZ Vertex 2 puts up some eye-watering performance results across the board, leaving the competition behind, but that comes with a hefty price tag as a result. The bottom line here is that the Vertex 2 is probably best suited for those who crave and demand absolute top performance and have deep pockets to fuel that addiction.
OCZ Vertex 2 100GB