It was a very bold move by OCZ to go out and purchase Indilinx, thus acquiring the technology behind the Everest 2 platform. This really shows OCZ’s dedication to being one of the top manufacturers of solid state drives. They could have just as easily created another drive based on the SandForce SF-2281 chip and made some changes like 0-provision or a different type of NAND and called it the Vertex 4. Instead they decided to release the Vertex 4 based on the Everest 2 platform, which really was a big gamble.
When they first released the drive it was much slower than the drive that we tested. Constant firmware updates have enabled the Vertex 4 to keep up with similar SandForce drives. In our testing even going from firmware 1.4 to 1.5 showed a nice boost in performance and 1.5 was just released! This again goes to show that OCZ is standing behind their products and wants to continue to improve them even after you have purchased them.
As far as performance goes this drive is definitely in the top of all of the drives we have tested. With scores of 560MB/s read and 513MB/s write in ATTO it is now our #1 drive in that test and can easily compete with SandForce-based drives in our other tests as well. Also this drive is not have to worry about incompressible data like SandForce drives do, it performs just the same when accessing incompressible and compressible data.
OCZ is backing this product with a 5-year warranty, more than most other solid state drives on the market. Right now the 256GB version of the drive is selling for $249, which puts it on par with some of the other best in class SSD’s available. OCZ is constantly updating the firmware to make the drive better so that is a great incentive right to choose this give over others.
Overall ThinkComputers gives the OCZ Vertex 4 256GB Solid State Drive a 10 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
- Great performance
- 5 year warranty
- No performance drop when dealing with incompressible data
- Constant firmware updates have improved performance
- None that I found