TechSpot: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD Review

Although SandForce controllers have powered much of OCZ's solid-state lineup, the company is shifting to its own solutions after purchasing Indilinx early last year. The "Octane" flash drives were the first to use the Indilinx Everest controller last holiday season and now that its SF-2281-based drives are over a year old, OCZ has begun phasing Everest into the rest of its offerings, including the Vertex series.

The Octane drives demonstrated impressive stability and speed, boasting read and write performance of 520MB/s and 410MB/s, which is competitive with today's high-end SATA 6Gb/s SSDs. Despite being a solid series, it hasn't been a particularly popular option among enthusiasts because of pricing. Even today, the 256GB model costs $300, while the 240GB Vertex 3 can be had for as little as $210.

Since the Octane's launch, OCZ has whipped up a second-gen Everest controller, the silicon behind the company's new Vertex 4. Despite touting more performance than the Octane series, the Vertex 4 appears to be competitively priced with existing SandForce, Samsung, and Marvell-based drives, which should make it a more viable option -- if not the de facto choice -- among high-end system builders...

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they still need more R/W longevity ... 1SSD used for 1yr as a regular HDD is simply a waste and not viable today ... (unless I am missing something) ... awesome drive though

zeta_immersion said,
they still need more R/W longevity ... 1SSD used for 1yr as a regular HDD is simply a waste and not viable today ... (unless I am missing something) ... awesome drive though

I don't know for Vertex, but Intel are good. I have 2 180gb 330 series and the 3 years warranty is for read/write 20gb/day. I doubt you are doing this. As for the 350 series, the warranty is 50gb/day for 5 years. Unless you are using it for data storage (which is small for that feat), it's still pretty good.

I've got an Agility 3 128GB, can't wait for the time when we can get 1TB SSD's for a good price and have long term durability.

Nice.
All though I have the 512GB in my system, i only have one complaint and that's the firmware updating. having to connect another drive and boot off that just to update the OCZ firmware is a pain in the butt.

Kratzie said,
Nice.
All though I have the 512GB in my system, i only have one complaint and that's the firmware updating. having to connect another drive and boot off that just to update the OCZ firmware is a pain in the butt.

You can do that using a LInux Live CD. The image is provided on OCZ own forum.