TechSpot: OCZ Vertex Limited Edition 100GB Review

Roughly a month ago we brought you an early preview of the OCZ Vertex 2 Pro SSD. This uber-fast product was supposed to be part of a new series of drives based on controllers from start-up SandForce. However, as we recently learned OCZ decided to scrap the Vertex 2 Pro altogether due to the high cost of its SF-1500 controller, and instead shift focus to the originally announced Vertex 2 and Vertex 2 EX.

This is exactly where the Vertex LE we are reviewing today comes in. Initially it was said OCZ was using an early batch of SF-1500 controllers that they received at a discount rate from SandForce, but now they are claiming the Vertex LE SSDs carries a hybrid model that is neither a 1200 nor a 1500.

Regardless of those details, this limited edition Vertex will be sold in limited quantities, 5,000 units in total to be precise. OCZ is asking $399 for the 100GB model and $799 for the 200GB model. This is only slightly more than the current Vertex drives, which given the expected performance boost sounds like a very nice deal indeed.

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I've been thinking of getting an SSD. They are definitely on their way of replacing HDD eventually. Just a tad too pricey... but prices eventually come down. A 60GB vertex which is much less for an operating system drive is worth the cash imo.

I don't think buying a HDD thats been produced in a limited batch of 5000 is the greatest idea ever. If something goes wrong, be is solid state or not, then they may not have the supply to handle replacements too efficiently.

Add to that some models have had issues that only really became apparent once they hit the mass market and you're gambling with this drive I think.

Still utterly confused why people still think they need massive SSD drives, they only need the big enough to support the operating system and the few programs that they use regularly, throw in a secondary conventional hard drive and you are laughing. Your pictures or pornography or your games are not going to run significantly faster from them.

People spend a fortune on RAM or upgrading the processor, and don't realise these SSD's will give them best speed increase for the money.

stevember said,
Still utterly confused why people still think they need massive SSD drives, they only need the big enough to support the operating system and the few programs that they use regularly, throw in a secondary conventional hard drive and you are laughing. Your pictures or pornography or your games are not going to run significantly faster from them.

People spend a fortune on RAM or upgrading the processor, and don't realise these SSD's will give them best speed increase for the money.

Problem is, that there are lots of people who have libraries of games, and having it installed on SSDs they do a performance Boost, this will apply even bigger if you have a computer that can only support games at medium settings.

stevember said,
Still utterly confused why people still think they need massive SSD drives, they only need the big enough to support the operating system and the few programs that they use regularly, throw in a secondary conventional hard drive and you are laughing. Your pictures or pornography or your games are not going to run significantly faster from them.

People spend a fortune on RAM or upgrading the processor, and don't realise these SSD's will give them best speed increase for the money.

laptop...

Yep as above...laptops are a big one. Thats further boosted by the fact that SSD's really provide more benefit to laptop users because when you overlook the obvious speed one that desktop users will benefit from other factors like heat, noise, power and reliability will all benefit laptop users more than the desktop counterparts where they don't have a battery, where the computer can be placed a meter or two away from the user and where the HDD doesn't have to deal with constant vibrations from being used on a bus or whatever.

You can add a second HDD but thats one extra thing to carry around with you and will steal one or two USB ports also in the process, something which is also a bit of a concern for many laptop users. By having a larger SSD you can put more on the system and negate the need to carry things around. Ohh and plugging in that HDD will take away additional power from a laptop running off a battery.

Outside of that it's just plain easier. I'd much prefer to have a single HDD that have my applications installed everywhere. I don't want to have to think about where to install it or where to find something when I need it. It may not be a biggie but one HDD IMHO is more convinient.

Owning a Intel X25-M G2 80 Gb also, but the only question I have is what is the cost to produce an SSD? It was a good purchase for what it does; it turned an aging laptop into a relative new one.

s3n4te said,
SSD will never catch up with mechanical hard drives in terms of storage space ever.

Time, always proves this type of thinking wrong.

s3n4te said,
SSD will never catch up with mechanical hard drives in terms of storage space ever.

They're already 1/10 of the current biggest mechanical drives and getting bigger all the time. It's not like we're starting out with 5, 10 or 20GB SSDs...

kjordan2001 said,

They're already 1/10 of the current biggest mechanical drives and getting bigger all the time. It's not like we're starting out with 5, 10 or 20GB SSDs...

You forgot the part where mechanical hard drives are also getting bigger.

s3n4te said,

You forgot the part where mechanical hard drives are also getting bigger.


IDE drives are pretty much maxxed out at this time, SATA drives are hoovering around 1-2tb drives for 2 FREAKING years now

Edited by Diacon, Mar 5 2010, 10:30am :

New techs are always pricey. I remember seeing big LCD TVs for 10 000 when they first came out. Don't remember when it was but it was a long time ago.

SSD is the future. Only a matter of time.

Sounds nice but still too pricey. I have two computers with SSD's and they ROCK but I can't wait for the price to come down so I can do full RAID sets.