Since OCZ has bought Indilinx we the manufacturer presented - with the Octane - an entry level SSD which offers an attractive price point. With the Vertex 4 OCZ releases their new performance SSD, which is based on the latest Indilinx IDX400M00-BC Controller. This is reason enough for us to be curious about how this thing is going to perform in our benchmark parcours. In this review we're going to take a closer look at the 512 Gigabyte model which should offer maximum performance.
Specifications / Delivery
||OCZ Vertex 4 512 Gigabyte
||Intel 29 F32B08JCME3
535 MB/s reading, up to 475 MB/s writing
up to 95'000 IOPS write
up to 85'000 IOPS read
||< 0.1 ms
Behind the scenes
Basically the Vertex 4
from OCZ is a 512 Gigabyte SSD, which uses an Indilinx IDX400M00-BC controller and synchronous NAND Flash memory from Intel.
These have been manufactured using a 25 nanometer process and the individual
chips have 29 F32B08JCME3 written on them. This indicates that the memory cells
are specified for 5'000 P/E cycles and the memory itself is connected to the
controller via ONFi 2.x standard.
Some readers might have noticed, that OCZ now provides a five year warranty
plan with the Vertex 4. For the Vertex 3 and almost all other drives that are
available at this time warranty is limited to three years. The reason for this
can be found in the so called Ndurance 2.0 Technology, which is an umbrella term
of which for example reduced write amplification is part of. At this point OCZ
emphasizes that they achieved this without the use of any compression algorithms
and therefore there will be no performance drops. Furhtermore there is also
support for Advanced Multi-Level ECC, Adaptive NAND Flash Management, Redundant
NAND Array Technology and 256 bit AES encryption.
in delivery you find the SSD itself, a cover, a small manual, an adapter to put
the SSD into a 3.5 inch slot, screws and a sticker. For the Vertex 4 OCZ make
use of their standard box which we know from several other SSDs.
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