OCZ Summit 250GB SATA2 SSD

Real world testing

Dummy File Creation
 
When performing manual "file copy" benchmarks, the performance of the drive that the files are being copied from can directly and negatively affect the results of the drive they are being copied to. This is something that needs to be taken into consideration when benchmarking high performance hard disks such as the OCZ Vertex SSD as it's performance easily exceeds that of a standard hard disk. Therefore, to test the write performance of each storage device a freeware utility called Dummy File Creator was used to generate files directly to each of the hard disks. The first 16GB benchmark writes a collection of files ranging in size from 1GB to 100KB, whereas the 100GB benchmark writes a single file of exactly that size to the disk.
 
 
 
Unreal Tournament 3 Level Loading
 
With a fresh copy of Vista installed on each hard disk, the final test was to find out if the Windows loading times seen above would also be applicable to the map loading time of a popular PC game. Once again, the test procedure was quite simple: Install Unreal Tournament III, load the game, select a map to play (ONS-Torlan) and measure the time taken from pressing the "Begin" button to the time the map is fully loaded. This procedure was repeated a total of three times on each of the hard disks, with a reboot in between each test to clear system memory.
 
 
Vista Boot/Shutdown Time
 
Quite a simple and self explanatory test. We took each of the disks, installed a fresh copy of Windows Vista SP1 on to them and measured the time each took to boot into the Windows desktop and display a text file placed in the startup folder. To ensure that the tests were fair the results were averaged over initial reboots. Shutdown time was also recorded, although this generally happened so quick that accuracy was hard to obtain.
 
 
Results Analysis
 
The OCZ Summit excelled at Dummy file creation, especially with regard to the 16GB random files. The OCZ Vertex however managed to claw back some pride with the 100GB single file test beating all of the drives on test today, even the mighty Summit. The same feat was repeated in both the Unreal Tournament level loading and Windows Vista start up/shutdown tests albeit by a much closer margin.
 
Let's head over to the conclusion where I will try to give my overall view of the OCZ Summit SSD...
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Most Recent Comments

29-06-2009, 11:16:37

w3bbo
The OCZ Vertex set a very high standard two months ago but suffered mediocre write speeds. Can the Summit SSD make up the deficit? Find out in our latest in-depth review...

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...121401203l.jpg

Review HERE

29-06-2009, 12:33:52

rapidman17
Great review mate....shame about the price though... is twice as much as the bloody pc i am usin...

29-06-2009, 12:39:55

w3bbo
Yeah I hear ya on the price. Still when people are paying 100 for 30GB I guess it's not so bad lol especially when you consider this is no 'run of the mill' drive.

29-06-2009, 12:40:39

nathan
intel or was it samsung are releasing some cheaper SSDs in the next couple of weeks. Wonder what they'll be like.

29-06-2009, 12:43:52

rapidman17
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='w3bbo'
Yeah I hear ya on the price. Still when people are paying 100 for 30GB I guess it's not so bad lol especially when you consider this is no 'run of the mill' drive.
Fair point i guess.... hopefully if nathan is correct,the introduction of cheaper ssd's will drive down the price of other more expensive ones. These will def be lower performance drives in comparison to the summit and vertex though

29-06-2009, 14:03:35

w3bbo
It greatly depends on the amount of cache the drives carry. Cheap drives usually mean less cache and I would be very hesitant before buying a drive with little/no cache as you will get stutter problems.

29-06-2009, 14:05:32

rapidman17
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='w3bbo'
It greatly depends on the amount of cache the drives carry. Cheap drives usually mean less cache and I would be very hesitant before buying a drive with little/no cache as you will get stutter problems.
Yh thts exactly what i was thinking when i said they would offer lower performance

29-06-2009, 16:57:13

VonBlade
Yipes!!

That's blisteringly fast. Pant-wettingly expensive, but wow such speed.

/green with envy.

29-06-2009, 17:06:44

Ghosthud1
what are ocz thinking! 500 for abit of pcb and chips, i dont think they know the world is in debt

30-06-2009, 14:37:08

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='w3bbo'
It greatly depends on the amount of cache the drives carry. Cheap drives usually mean less cache and I would be very hesitant before buying a drive with little/no cache as you will get stutter problems.
In the main the SSDs are rated, or quoted, on their ability to empty and fill cache. Being as they're all chips any1, I don't know why they don't just call them cache drives - 250g cache

Pricing is ultimately outrageous, I didn't see anything significant that seperated it from it's vertex partner.

More or less agree with the Mediocre sum-up, u would expect a cheap 3.5 adaptor to be in there as standard.

Packaging wize, I think they're very nervous about making it a good one - criticism then may be that 552, they should charge 499 and keep it very oem.

Good luck to them milking users tbh. They feel the 250g drive is worth more than 2x GTX 285.

30-06-2009, 18:19:47

Toxcity
Once data is in the RAM the harddrive is hardly touched. At that price there is no need for it. Are they stupid?

01-07-2009, 07:26:57

Rastalovich
I have a suspicion also that they're looking at Ultra320 prices, controllers and drives, and thinking "if they can charge that much, so can we".
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