Author: Bob Buskirk
This only being our second SandForce-based solid state drive we really did not have much to compare the Vertex 2 to, but we do know from our testing that it does perform much better and smoother than the SandForce-based Corsair F100. So if there was a choice between the two I would go with the Vertex 2.
This 120GB version (OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G) of the Vertex 2 drive is actually part of what OCZ calls their Extended Series. There really is not change on hardware side between the 100GB and 120GB versions, they both use the same amount of flash, but the amount of flash kept in reserve is lower on the 120GB version so you get more storage capacity. The difference is 28% reserve in the 100GB version and 13% in the 120GB version. 13% is still pretty high when it comes to reserve flash.
I really like the Vertex 2 drives come with a mounting kit. Many older computer cases do not have 2.5-inch hard drive mounting systems, even some new cases do not so having this mounting bracket really helps. I also thought the sticker that comes with the drive is pretty cool. Definitely something you want to put on your case and show off at LAN parties.
These new SandForce drives are bringing solid state drives up to incredibly fast speeds and it will keep on continuing. This will also bring down the price of previous generation solid state drives. Right now you can find the Vertex 2 120GB for around $350 online. As of right now it is the best performing SandForce-based solid state we have tested. Overall ThinkComputers gives the OCZ Vertex 2 120GB Solid State Drive a 10 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award.
- Best performing SandForce-based solid state drive to date
- 281MB/s read and 241MB/s write in ATTO
- Best IOPS performance we have seen from a solid state drive
- 3-year warranty
- Included mounting bracket
- None that I found