OCZ Vertex 4 256GB
Over the last couple of years or so we’ve looked at many Solid State Drives that feature various technologies in the attempt to boost speed and performance. Some have been successful, some have not. But there’s no mistaking the fact that SSDs are becoming increasingly popular with each passing month. Big improvements in controller technology and performance increases have also been accompanied by dropping prices, making these drives far more affordable to consumers who want to experience life in the fast lane on their computer.
About a year or so ago, OCZ bought Indilinx planning to develop their own proprietary controller, and we’ve been waiting to see the results. First came the “Indilinx-Infused” Everest 1 controller on the OCZ Octane, and it was impressive but not entirely reality-altering. Maybe we’re curmedgeons but we wanted more. And now OCZ has the Vertex 4, featuring the newest Everest 2 controller, making the Octane appear it was a springboard, not the end result of the Indlinx acquisition.
Needless to say, we’re excited. OCZ has an impressive history of innovation in the SSD market, leading the way in many respects, and whether it’s fair or not, they’re the target and we hold OCZ to the highest standard. And so OCZ is responding the consumer/enthusiast’s growing demand for a fast and reliable drive that performs as well with incompressible data as it does with compressible data. OCZ is also responding to the demand for a drive that retains its performance in a peak condition over time as well as greatly extending the life span of the nand with their new Proprietary Indilinx Ndurance 2.0 Technology.
The Vertex 4 is the result, promising enthusiast-classed performance to battle the SandForce drives. As we’ve seen many times, the SandForce SF-2281 drives are very impressive, so it will be interesting to find out how the Vertex 4 stacks up.
Founded in 2002, San Jose, California-based OCZ Technology Group, Inc. has built on its expertise in high-speed memory to become a dominant player in the manufacturing and distribution of solid state drives (SSDs), a disruptive, game-changing technology that is replacing traditional rotating magnetic hard disk drives (HDDs). SSDs are faster, more reliable, run cooler, and use significantly less power than the HDDs used in the majority of computers today. In addition to SSD technology, OCZ also offers high performance components for computing devices and systems, including enterprise class power management products and industrial power accessories.