Vertex 2 Overview
Just like all of the other solid state drives we have looked at the Vertex 2 comes in the 2.5-inch form factor. OCZ uses a black casing with a sticker on the top. The sticker has the Vertex 2 and OCZ logo on it. Because there are no moving parts on solid state drives the casing that is used really is not a big deal.
Flipping the Vertex 2 over you have another sticker with some information on it and the barcode. You will also notice a sticker on one of the screws. If this sticker is broken you will void your warranty, but don’t worry we will be doing that. Just like all solid state drives you have the SATA data and power connections.
So how about we void our warranty and get inside the drive! Getting inside the drive is very easy, just go ahead and remove the 4 screws on the back of the drive and slide the back covering off. As we look at the inside of the drive we can see the SandForce SF-1200 chip, more specifically the SF-1222TA3-SBH. Surrounding the controller is 8 8GB MLC NAND flash chips. These chips are manufactured by Intel.
To see the other side of the PCB we need to remove it completely from the casing. This requires you to remove 4 more small screws. When we remove the PCB completely and take a look at the other side there are 8 more 8GB NAND flash chips.