OCZ Vertex 4 256GB
When OCZ acquired Indilinx, there was some skepticism around, as the SandForce-based drives were really starting to come into their own, easily surpassing the 1st-Gen Indilinx Barefoot drives. Head scratching ensued, wondering what OCZ was up to. With the release of the original Everest controller, as we saw in the OCZ Octane, it was a step forward, but nothing terribly earth shattering. But it appears that was a stepping stone, with the new Everest 2 the result, looking to push things even further.
As we saw during most of the testing, the Everest 2 controller doesn’t appear markedly faster at first glance than what we’ve seen with the SandForce SF-2281 drives. Sequential speeds are nearly the same, in fact slightly lower here on the Vertex 4. But as we should realize by now, sequential speeds tell very little of the story of a drive’s true capabilities. It’s the 4K results that often make or break an SSD in terms of suitability as an OS drive, and the Vertex 4 excels there.
But what’s even more impressive is the incompressible data results, particularly at lower queue depths which are indicative of an OS drive. We tried several setups with ranging queue depths, and the simple fact is that the Vertex 4 chewed through all of them without missing a beat. That’s something that SandForce can’t do, and that certainly sets the tone for the Everest 2 controller, as it seems things have now come full circle with OCZ’s new “Indilinx Infused” Vertex 4.
In terms of pricing, the SSD market is very volative and prices fluctuate considerably, even shortly after reviews are published. Right now we found the 256GB version of the Vertex 4 for about $240, though that may change. So be sure to check around. In any event, we can only compare prices at any given point in time, and the Vertex 4 is a bit more expensive than competing SandForce drives, so there is a minor price premium here on the OCZ drive, but that’s not surprising for bleeding edge tech. Keep in mind, however, that you do get the 256GB capacity rather than the lower 240GB, and it goes without saying the 4K and incompressible data results here on the Vertex 4 leave SandForce in the dust overall.
While the Vertex 4 doesn’t display the fastest peak speeds, as any racing enthusiast will tell you, the drag strip is only one test of speed. There’s also Indy and Le Mans, and performance is measured by many other criteria. Such is the position of the Vertex 4, as it is a worthy successor to the SandForce drives, and certainly snappy and extremely impressive when you look a bit further into its capabilities.
The offspring of the OCZ-Indilinx marriage took some time to come to fruition, but it was worth the wait. The OCZ Vertex 4 is a champ.