OCZ Vertex SSD Uses Indilinx Controller

"OCZ confirms a new SSD controller is used in their performance Vertex SSD line."

Search News

  • Scrolling Image
  • Scrolling Image
OCZ Vertex SSD Uses Indilinx Controller

When OCZ first announced their Vertex line of SSDs as a premium MLC-based offering, the question that was surely on many people's minds was what SSD controller it used.  Early MLC-based SSDs utilized the faulty JMicron JMF602 controller, causing them to suffer from horrendous random write speeds and latencies.  Well now we have confirmation that the Vertex series will be using a different controller.  The Indilinx Barefoot to be exact.

The Indilinx Barefoot was first announced last August as a second generation SSD controller, boasting capabilities to allow for up to 230MB/s / 170MB/s read/write speeds with SLC flash and 200MB/s / 160MB/s read/write speeds with MLC flash.  The Barefoot has a capacity level of up to 512GB with MLC-based NAND flash and sports a 64MB data buffer.

Shipment of the Vertex drives have been delayed due to OCZ wanting to release the drives with the latest firmware to provide maximum performance without forcing the consumers to deal with updating it themselves.  This wait may be worth it in other ways as well.  The cost of component acquisition and drive production is now lower than expected, and thus the cost of the drives will be lower than first believed when the series was announced last December.

The Vertex series will come in 30GB, 60GB, 120GB, and 250GB flavors, with the former two bearing a 32MB cache and the higher capacity drives having a 64MB cache.  While no concrete shipping date has been set, OCZ hopes to release the drives before the end of February.


OCZ recently did some internal tests on an empty Vertex drive with the new tweaked firmware, and the results are impressive to say the least.  These tests show that the firmware allows the drives to exceed Indilinx's original speed specifications for the Barefoot controller, blazing forth with read speeds of up to 250MB/s and write speeds of up to 240MB/s.  This puts the Vertex line right up there with Intel's top-level X-25E SSD line at a significantly lower price and greater capacity.

Will the Vertex line bring performance SSDs closer to being a mainstream option?

Discuss in our Forums
«Prev 1 Next»

Most Recent Comments

11-02-2009, 21:59:08

im trying to learn it, but it is rather difficult. i was wondering if anyone else uses it? "and hoe can i go" "and hope i can go" about learning it easyer, i have a book the bible for it, but the modeling part it not quite explaind how i need it to be, it tells you what everything does - but not how to do it...

12-02-2009, 04:30:31

my brother has done some work on 3dsmax
i may be able to get him to give you some pointers

12-02-2009, 05:12:21

Practise. Once you know how each tool works then you just need to break down whatever you want to build into sections, and use each tool to build it. No book can really help, although of course there are lots of "building a basic thing" tutorials on the net. I'm sure Lynda do 3DS stuff too.

Of course it also depends what area you'd like to go into. If you wish to do DFX or Pixar style work, then you need to learn Maya instead.

12-02-2009, 05:57:29

I followed a few of the AutoCAD tutorials on this site and if the 3ds max tutorials are just as good they should help :)

12-02-2009, 10:12:36

of course its like me to be impatient, so i will just keep doing tutorials - and maybe stop trying to build somthing for myself...Im gonna deffently check out the tutorials on this website1. By the way i love this website and its my second day, its a GREAT resource and community.

12-02-2009, 10:17:17


my brother has done some work on 3dsmax
i may be able to get him to give you some pointers

deathwish, that would be awesome

08-03-2009, 12:04:46


Register for the OC3D Newsletter

Subscribing to the OC3D newsletter will keep you up-to-date on the latest technology reviews, competitions and goings-on at Overclock3D. We won't share your email address with ANYONE, and we will only email you with updates on site news, reviews, and competitions and you can unsubscribe easily at any time.

Simply enter your name and email address into the box below and be sure to click on the links in the confirmation emails that will arrive in your e-mail shortly after to complete the registration.

If you run into any problems, just drop us a message on the forums.