OCZ 30GB Vertex (OCZSSD2-1VTX30G)

Jun 9th, 2009 | By Simon

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Manufacturer: OCZ Technology

Solid State Drives, better known as SSDs, have become increasingly popular thanks to the likes of OCZ Technology. As a power house in the industry for all things DRAM related, OCZ has 8 models of SSDs available on their website each with two or three drive capacities. While SSDs have been commonly known for lower power consumption and heat, particularly important when it comes to flash memory for cameras or camcorders, SSDs used in notebooks and PCs today don’t have the same concerns. An 800W power supply will power many hard drives and your one 4870X2 probably generates more heat than the combined number of SSDs you could afford.

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Solid State Drives are primarily purchased for one reason: speed. Hard drives haven’t changed in technology for quite a number of years but the new SSDs have evolved from the first generation into lightning quick response times and high speed bandwidth. The first evolution of affordable SSDs were plagued. After a bit of use, they would eventually bog down your system to performance levels slower than your average SATA. The OCZ Vertex with the Indilinx Barefoot controller aims to resolve that and provide consistent performance regardless of whether or not your drive is brand new or well-aged like a fine wine.

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  1. My hdd died a few weeks ago… I have some spare traditional drives I could have replaced it with but wanted something new to play with and wanted to ease the bottleneck that normal drives create. I got 2 of these 30gb drives for the price of one, do to a deal I worked out with a customer, and in raid0 they KILL traditional drives. KILL.

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  2. The Intel X25-M is still king of the hill because of its read speed with 4kb files. The X25-M scores 112,164 on my system with 4KB read (ATTO) vs. the Vertex 50,000. I have personally used 5 different types (SLC, MLC JMICRON 1, MLC JMICRON 2, Vertex, Intel) of SSD and nothing compares to the X25-M.

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  3. Sean wrote:

    My hdd died a few weeks ago… I have some spare traditional drives I could have replaced it with but wanted something new to play with and wanted to ease the bottleneck that normal drives create. I got 2 of these 30gb drives for the price of one, do to a deal I worked out with a customer, and in raid0 they KILL traditional drives. KILL.

    We’re doing a review for HighPoint card and the results are smoking indeed. We’ll have the results up soon and they are definitely good

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  4. Frank Rizzo wrote:

    The Intel X25-M is still king of the hill because of its read speed with 4kb files. The X25-M scores 112,164 on my system with 4KB read (ATTO) vs. the Vertex 50,000. I have personally used 5 different types (SLC, MLC JMICRON 1, MLC JMICRON 2, Vertex, Intel) of SSD and nothing compares to the X25-M.

    Yes, the Intel X25-M is still the king of the hill but not everyone can afford one and that needs to be taken into considerations. You’re looking at twice the price for an Intel SSD vs the Indilinx MLC.

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  5. Simon wrote:

    Yes, the Intel X25-M is still the king of the hill but not everyone can afford one and that needs to be taken into considerations. You’re looking at twice the price for an Intel SSD vs the Indilinx MLC.

    The Intel drives are actually less expensive than the Vertex. I just bought another X25-Ms 80GB from Newegg.com for $289.95 (free shipping) yesterday. That is $2.96 per Gigabyte.
    The OCZ Vertex 30GB is $4.30 per Gigabyte AFTER you factor in the rebate.
    The Vertex drives aren’t bad, but they are OVERPRICED. The 30GB drive should sell for $75 not $149. The 120GB Vertex is not worth a dime more than $180. I would consider a 120GB Vertex for $180, but I’ll take an 80GB Intel ($290) over a 120GB Vertex ($355) any day of the week.

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  6. Frank Rizzo wrote:

    Simon wrote:

    Yes, the Intel X25-M is still the king of the hill but not everyone can afford one and that needs to be taken into considerations. You’re looking at twice the price for an Intel SSD vs the Indilinx MLC.

    The Intel drives are actually less expensive than the Vertex. I just bought another X25-Ms 80GB from Newegg.com for $289.95 (free shipping) yesterday. That is $2.96 per Gigabyte.
    The OCZ Vertex 30GB is $4.30 per Gigabyte AFTER you factor in the rebate.
    The Vertex drives aren’t bad, but they are OVERPRICED. The 30GB drive should sell for $75 not $149. The 120GB Vertex is not worth a dime more than $180. I would consider a 120GB Vertex for $180, but I’ll take an 80GB Intel ($290) over a 120GB Vertex ($355) any day of the week.

    If the Vertex 30GB cost $75 and the 120GB cost $180 then it would definitely be a steal and it would sell out in no time. As it stands even if OCZ’s cost per GB is still higher the overall cost for being able to own an SSD, and get good performance, is much lower than buying an Intel drive. Not everyone can afford $300 for an 80GB Intel SSD. The $130AR makes the Vertex a very promising buy and the $150 saved could be put to other upgrades.

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  7. @ Sean:

    I have 2 vertexes in raid 0 as well with windows vista, the only thing they killed is each other…
    something is obviously wrong with my installation, I used to get random hangs, but now it is even worse, windows crashes with one of the drivers not detected any more on restart… I have to leave my system cool down before it can detect the driver again…
    strange…

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