Legit Storage Reviews
OCZ Vertex 2 Pro 100GB SandForce SF-1500 SSD Preview
|Product:||Vertex 2 Pro|
|Date:||Wed, Feb 17, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
When it comes to storage capacity, the OCZ Vertex 2 Pro 100GB SSD has a free capacity of 93.1GB as shown above. The drive has 128GB of MLC Flash memory on the PCB, so about 27% of the drives capacity is reserved for the Sandforce DuraWire wear-leveling technology. The 400GB model of this drive has 512GB of flash memory and a formatted capacity of 372.5GB, as all Vertex 2 drives have 27% reserved for this.
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
The OCZ Vertex 2 Pro was without a doubt one of the most interesting drives that we have tested in some time. The Vertex 2 Pro lives up to all the hype about it and easily gave Intel X25-M G2 160GB SSD a run for the money in many of the benchmarks that we ran both SSDs on. We were able to reach read speeds of up to 289MB/sec. and write speeds of up to 237MB/sec in ATTO and that is just insane. OCZ clearly has a beast on their hands with the Vertex 2 Pro and when the Vertex 2 series comes out in March it will surely be ready to shake up the SSD market a little bit.
Not only is the drive performance great, but the OCZ Toolbox is the perfect software application to go along with the Vertex 2 series of SSDs. Having all those tools in one location is perfect and something consumers are going to quickly fall in love with. OCZ's Vertex 2 Pro is clearly a move in the right direction for SSDs and the future is always looking brighter for SSDs.
With all good news must come some bad. We have been testing this drive for a few weeks now and were going to do some more on it, but we have just recently heard that the Vertex 2 Pro is likely never going to make it to the market place. It seems that the Sandforce SF-1500 controller comes at just too high of a price premium for this consumer SSD. We have been told that the SF-1500 is about $100 more than the SF-1200, so the Vertex 2 Pro would cost $100 more than the Vertex 2 right from the start. We were told by OCZ that the Vertex 2 Pro 100GB that we tested here today would cost north of $600 for the drive. That is a significant amount of money for a 100GB SSD. Then you have to keep in mind that the SF-1200 controller that is being used in the Vertex 2 has some new firmware revisions in the works that are said to improve the performance. As a result the Vertex 2 Pro just didn't fit in any pricing model. It's a real shame this drive will never make it out the door, but this review wasn't a complete waste of time. It turns out that Vertex 2 Limited Edition with the SF-1500 will still be coming out and that drive will basically have the same performance numbers of the Vertex 2 Pro 100GB drive that we tested here today.
Legit Bottom Line: The OCZ Vertex 2 Pro is an insane drive and it goes to show what you have to look forward to on the OCZ Vertex 2 SSD series!
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Page 1 - Is SandForce The Best SSD Controller?
Page 2 - Why The SandForce Controller Is Special
Page 3 - Inside the Vertex 2 Pro SSD
Page 4 - The OCZ Toolbox Utility
Page 5 - The Test System
Page 6 - HD Tach v184.108.40.206
Page 7 - HD Tune v4.01
Page 8 - HD Tune v4.01 - Random Access
Page 9 - SiSoftware Sandra 2010
Page 10 - CrystalDiskMark v3.0
Page 11 - ATTO Disk Benchmark v2.41
Page 12 - PCMark Vantage
Page 13 - IOMeter
Page 14 - AS SSD Benchmark
Page 15 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions