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OCZ Vertex 4 128GB

Many of the OCZ models are revisions and improvements of a previous which is the whole reason for the Roman numeral being displayed in the model name. And in the case of the review sample here today we have the Vertex 4. The drive that started it all was a model with had blistering speed (for that time period, 2009) of 280 MB/s and 3K 4K IOPS. Things have really changed as the Vertex 4 brags about speeds of 535 MB/s and 120K 4K IOPS. Advancements and progression is great isn’t it?

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Many of the OCZ models are revisions and improvements of a previous which is the whole reason for the Roman numeral being displayed in the model name. And in the case of the review sample here today we have the Vertex 4. The drive that started it all was a model with had blistering speed (for that time period, 2009) of 280 MB/s and 3K 4K IOPS. Things have really changed as the Vertex 4 brags about speeds of 535 MB/s and 120K 4K IOPS. Advancements and progression is great isn’t it?

Introduction to the OCZ Vertex 4 128GB Solid State Drive

We have had many solid state drives to cross the plains over onto our test benches. We remember in the begin it was hard to even receive one to the price and rarity of the drive. But when you were able to score one it was being a kid at Christmas. You had in hand the fastest drive available to the consumer. That feeling has not change but the drive have.

The drives are now even faster boasting transfer rates of over 500 MB/s going through the SATA III and even faster being mounted into an empty PCIe port. This alone makes the purchase of a SSD really worth it. But that is not all. The drives are being very affordable with 120/128 GB models being offered for under $115 and sometimes lower when a rebate is offered.

If you have being around before the SSD explosion you will know that OCZ was the company that took the lead. OCZ supplied several different models before most companies were even talking about adding solid state drives to their product line-up. And years later they are still at the top with the number of drives offers and the number of drives sold.

Many of the OCZ models are revisions and improvements of a previous which is the whole reason for the Roman numeral being displayed in the model name. And in the case of the review sample here today we have the Vertex 4. The drive that started it all was a model with had blistering speed (for that time period, 2009) of 280 MB/s and 3K 4K IOPS. Things have really changed as the Vertex 4 brags about speeds of 535 MB/s and 120K 4K IOPS. Advancements and progression is great isn’t it?

OCZ’s take on the Vertex 4

As the fourth generation of the legendary Vertex family, the Vertex 4 Series pushes storage performance to the max and redefines the modern day computing experience. Vertex 4 SSDs are innovatively engineered to deliver industry-leading file transfer rates and superior system responsiveness, all while providing a more durable, reliable, and energy efficient storage solution compared to traditional hard drives. Designed to take full advantage of the SATA III interface, the Vertex 4 unleashes ultimate productivity, gaming, and multimedia applications.

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Specifications

Performance

64 GB

128 GB

256 GB

512 GB

Sequential Reads1

460 MB/s

550 MB/s

550 MB/s

550 MB/s

Sequential Writes1

220 MB/s

420 MB/s

465 MB/s

475 MB/s

Random 4k Read IOPS2

70,000 IOPS

90,000 IOPS

90,000 IOPS

95,000 IOPS

Random 4k Write IOPS2

50,000 IOPS

85,000 IOPS

85,000 IOPS

85,000 IOPS

Maximum IOPS3

85,000 IOPS

120,000 IOPS

120,000 IOPS

120,000 IOPS

Features

Industry’s highest IOPs performance up to 120,000
Incredible performance in workstation and heavy-duty environments with multiple data threads

No compression-related performance limitations

Better performance with “real world” data streams of varying “compressibility” as well as fully incompressible data such as videos and multimedia files, encrypted data, archive files such as .ZIP files and software.

Indilinx InfusedTM Everest 2 platform

Leading edge dual-ARM controller architecture enables faster performance like nothing else you’ve experienced.

Fast boot times and ultra-low latency

Boot up in as little as 9 seconds, and industry-low latencies of .04 reads and .02 writes enable superior multitasking and flawless performance

Industry-leading 5 year warranty

Backed by OCZ’s renowned service for ultimate peace of mind.

Ndurance 2.0 Technology
Advanced suite of NAND Flash management to increase durability and reliability to expand the NAND’s lifespan

Closer look

There is only so much you can say about a SSD physically so we will not spend much time on that. But we will state the drive comes enclosed in a black and gray part metal and part plastic enclosure. This keeps the drive light and durable at the same time.

The drive displays the model names along with the controller which the drive is built around on the top.

While on the bottom there is a product label that gives you many details like model name, size serial number and other information about the drive.

The heartbeat of the drive would begin with the Indilinx Everest 2 controller and in this case has the lettering IDX400MOO-BC stamped on it.  a little research leads to this being an actual Marvel chip with a firmware written by Indilinx to enhance the performance of the chip.

The controller implements a few algorithms to allow the drive to operate at maximum performance levels which is needed running on a SATA III controller. One is called Ndurnace 2.0. This application allows the drive to do a high level of error correction checking without sacrificing performance. And this would not work as well as it does if it didn’t work hand-in-hand with the NAND of the drive.

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Interesting fact is the drive comes with a total of 1 GB of DRAM onboard in the form of two Micron chips. The chips are labeled 2DD22 D9PBW if my eyes don’t fail me.

The actual sixteen 25nm NAND flashes are from Intel and at 8 GB each. The chips are labeled 29F64G08ACME3. A combination of all this technology is what allows OCZ to market the drive maxing at 120K 4K IOPS with averages being 85K write and 90K read.

Test Hardware:

1. ASUS X79 Deluxe Motherboard
2. Intel Core i7 3930K Processor
3. Kingston HyperX 1866 DDR3 16GB
4. Kingston V+ 200 120GB Solid State Drive
5. ASUS BC12B1LT BD-Rom Drive
6. Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler
7. Microcool Banchetto 101 Open Air Test Bench
8. Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850W Power Supply
9. ASUS Nvidia GTX 560Ti 448 Graphic Card

Results

HD Tune Pro 3.50
HD Tune Pro is an extended version of HD Tune which includes many new features such as: write benchmark, secure erasing, AAM setting, folder usage view, disk monitor, command line parameters and file benchmark.

ATTO Disk Benchmark
The ATTO Disk Benchmark performance measurement tool is compatible with Microsoft Windows. Measure your storage systems performance with various transfer sizes and test lengths for reads and writes. Several options are available to customize your performance measurement including queue depth, overlapped I/O and even a comparison mode with the option to run continuously. Use ATTO Disk Benchmark to test any manufacturers RAID controllers, storage controllers, host adapters, hard drives and SSD drives and notice that ATTO products will consistently provide the highest level of performance to your storage.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0
CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows to measure sequential and random read/write speeds.


The Standard Storage Benchmark performs a series of tests, you can run the full test or just the read or the write test or you can run a single test like i.e. 4K QD16.
This is showing a screenshot made by clicking the Screenshot button in the application where I have just performed a full test of the Samsung 470 SSD.

AS SSD
The synthetic tests to determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD. These tests are carried out without using the operating system caches. In Seq-test measures the program how long it takes to read a full 1 GB of file to write respectively. In the 4K test the read and write performance for random 4K blocks is determined. The 4K-64-THRD-test corresponds to the 4K procedure except that here distributes the read and write operations on 64 threads. This test should be SSDs with Native Command Queuing (NCQ) differences between the IDE operation mode where NCQ is not supported, and represent the AHCI mode. The additional compression test can measure the performance of the SSD as a function of compressibility of the data. This is especially the controllers that are used to increase the performance and life of the cell compression is important.

SiSoftware Sandra
We are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra 2011, the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks. A year ago, SiSoftware released Sandra 2010 with full support for Windows 7; in the 18 months since the launch of Windows 7, more than ever before we have seen the line blur between PC and entertainment hubs. Two months ago we released a Blu-Ray benchmark, now we have added a brand-new Media Transcoding benchmark using the new Media Foundation of Windows 7. We have also added yet another benchmark (GP Cryptography) which allows direct comparison of CPU performance (using crypto instruction sets) and GPGPU/GPCPU/GPAPU performance.

Conclusion

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The best performance feature of the OCZ Vertex 4 is that it performs great and equally no matter the data that is being transferred or utilized. This is something that no other or very few drives can boast about. SO, in that regards its has one of the best overall data transfer ratios on the market. This is something that can say about all the Vertex models we have tested.

The Vertex 4 has a five year warranty making it one of the longest warranties available for a solid state drive. And with OCZ and Indilinx in partnership, updates are quicker to get.

We love how OCZ is leading the SSD revolution when it comes to performance and technology. But we also love how the new models are priced. At $130, you have to give this drive a try.

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