OCZ Vertex TURBO 120GB Solid State Drive

PCMark Vantage

PCMark Vantage
 
PCMark Vantage may sound like potentially the most 'synthetic' benchmark on the market, but this couldn't be further from the truth. In a whitepaper published by Futuremark (developers of 3DMark and PCMark) they describe how PCMark mimics actual PC usage by performing application launches, web browsing, video playback, photo editing, file searching, and other day-to-day tasks. This potentially makes PCMark Vantage the most 'real world' benchmark of them all, and therefore we will be breaking down the HDD Suite benchmark into its various sections in the graphs to give you the whole picture.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
Results Analysis
 
PCMark Vantage completely backed up what we have found thus far in that the Vertex Turbo is only mildy faster than the standard Vertex but behind the Falcon which is surprising considering the Vertex Turbo is the advertised as the faster drive out of the bunch.
 
Synthetic benchmarks can only tell us so much though so let's put the drives to the test in a few real world challenges.
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16-09-2009, 06:26:56

w3bbo
Have OCZ improved the phenomenally fast Vertex SSD to reclaim the performance crown? Take a look at our latest review...

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...195023349s.jpg

Full review HERE

16-09-2009, 07:34:45

Rastalovich
It's fast. It's also a little over 2.50 a gig, a little under when the online stores massage it a bit.

I'm interested in this optimizer, in terms of how prone it could be to screw up the disk.

1. Does the OS recognize it as being in-use. Especially in regards to closing down.

2. If there's a power-off, or maybe a power failure, would it condemn the drive.

I'm guessing it judges itself when "idle" actually is. If u happen to want to do something whilst it's in the middle of "optimizing", do u have to w8 for it to finish, or does it just break off what it's doing - indeed, is it like a sleeping drive waking up.

16-09-2009, 07:42:02

w3bbo
It works just like a defrag tool m8 in that respect. It will only optimise the drive when idle. Closing the PC down will obviously read/write files to/from the drive so it will no longer be idle. Dunno what would happen if the pc shut down 'unexpectedly' while the drive was being optimised.

16-09-2009, 07:44:42

Rastalovich
U reckon it'd be like closing down a pc that's in the middle of a defrag.

More importantly to that maybe, would a chkdsk have a chance to solve the issue afterwards.

16-09-2009, 07:50:13

w3bbo
I don't think the drive would be mashed if thats what you're getting at. It would just be fragmented and performance would suffer as a result until the drive was optimised fully.

16-09-2009, 08:33:47

VonBlade
I think your best bet would be to send it to me and I'll test it for a few years and let you know :P

In other news, great review as always W3bbo, shame about the mental price. Even for 120 SSD it's steep, especially as it doesn't hit the speeds it says

16-09-2009, 11:02:34

Pyr0
turbos are a limited edition (they're only oc'd by 14MHz) and prolly won't be sold for much longer; although support will still continue.

OCZ are hoping to eventually bring all standard Vertex drives up to the same speed

the built in "optimizer" is called garbage collection or GC for short. this does rearrange some of the data while idle (best way is to log off and let the PC sit for a while) to fill contiguous blocks and reduce write amplification

once the next firmware is finalised for the std. vertex drives, it will also be released for turbos
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