OCZ Vertex TURBO 120GB Solid State Drive

Dummy File Creation

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
 
While the Gskill drive appeared to be better at random file creation, the OCZ Vertex Turbo was the quicker drive over the much longer test of 100GB.  The GSkill just took the spoils in the Unreal Tournament III level loading test while the OCZ won overall with the Vista boot time/shutdown. This goes to show that you cannot place too much faith in synthetic benchmarks because if I were to go off these 'realworld test' then the OCZ Vertex Turbo would clearly be the higher performing drive.
 
Let's head over to the conclusion where I will try to give my overall view of the OCZ Vertex Turbo 120GB SSD...
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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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