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OCZ Vertex SSD

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Posted July 10, 2009 by Jake in Storage
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Introduction

Solid State Drives (SSDs) are flash-based storage devices that have increasingly captured the attention of computer enthusiasts over the past few years. However, with prices dropping and increased competition that will continue this downward trend, SSDs are becoming attractive options for more mainstream users who find the benefits starting to pay dividends in terms of performance and productivity.  SSDs still remain rather expensive overall, though the performance increases are a very attractive lure, particularly to enthusiasts.  However, not all SSDs are created equal; there is a wide range of performance available on the market. In fact, some SSDs are not even as fast as top traditional hard disk drives.  New controller technology on Solid State Drives are the difference, however, as the source of the good, bad, and ugly performance numbers lie predominantly in the controllers’ abilities, or lack thereof. The Indilinx ‘Barefoot’ is one such controller making big inroads into the market, making multi-layer SSDs far better in terms of overall performance, and notably in the write-to department where SSDs have traditionally struggled.

OCZ’s Vertex is one such multi-layer SSD that features the Indilinx ‘Barefoot’ controller, promising very fast performance numbers, particularly with Write operations. OCZ’s Vertex is the latest in their product lineup, and the performance claims sound impressive.   Today we’ll pit it against some of the fastest traditional hard disk drives, and also alongside Intel’s renowned X-25M SSD, and see if this OCZ Vertex can impress.

Thanks go to our friends at OCZ Technology for supplying the review sample.

Established in 1985, OCZ Memory builds a full range of memory module and flash memory products, offering a perfect blend of quality and value. We understand the value of designing and responding quickly and intelligently to the rapid changes inherent in the memory module industry.  This commitment to R&D enables us to deliver the best quality memory modules powered by the latest innovative technology. OCZ’s goal is to be your memory solutions provider with high quality products and services that are value priced. With our courteous and knowledgeable sales and technical support staff, industry leading warranty terms, and customizable logistic services; we feel there is no requirement we can not satisfy.

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