OCZ Vertex TURBO 120GB Solid State Drive

Conclusion

Conclusion
 
Before reviewing the OCZ Vertex Turbo I had very high hopes that it would become a clear leader in the current crop of solid state drives OC3D have reviewed. Sadly, the results from the benchmarks show otherwise. While the OCZ Vertex Turbo is certainly a high performance drive, we found that the improvements over the standard Vertex, while noticeable were not significant enough to topple our fastest SSD to date, the GSkill Falcon. That's only part of the story though as the Vertex Turbo WAS the fastest drive to use outside of the synthetic benchmarks. In terms of 'real world' usage, the drive felt just as, if not more snappy than the Falcon drive which goes to show, you cannot place too much emphasis on synthetic analysis.
 
I was initially dismayed that the drive did not peak at the advertised speeds and instead provided results that were actually quite a lot lower, hitting 242 MB/s according to CrystalDisk, some 28MB/s slower than what OCZ claim the drive is capable of . This is not a major issue though because it is a rare day indeed that specifications result into what you would get in the 'real world' with the usual 'upto XXXMB/s' disclaimer applying itself in this instance. At the time of writing this review, there were no available firmware updates to enhance this speed so the 1.0 version was used throughout the testing. With OCZ's fantastic support, I have no doubts that future firmware releases will increase the performance to that closer of the advertised speed.
 
I encountered absolutely no stuttering while using this drive as the main boot drive housing Windows Vista 64bit over a two week period and this is where I feel the drive comes into it's own. While some weight has to be added to the benchmarks we have run today, real-time usage of the drive also has to be considered and perhaps equally weighted. The drive was the quickest SSD on test in terms of Vista boot up and shutdown and more or less matched our previous quickest drive in the game level loading test. There is little to choose performance wise between the two drives, especially when it comes to the real world tests where you would struggle to fit a cigarette paper between the two. With that in mind there is no doubting that the OCZ drive is certainly a rapid, high performing  piece of kit.
 
The OCZ Vertex Turbos biggest obstacle however is it's price. Costing some £54 more than GSkill's offering at around the £340 mark, anyone looking for a top end MLC based SSD is going to find it difficult to justify that extra cash when similar (and at times faster) speeds can be had for less. Sure, speed binned NAND chips are going to be more expensive to source, as is the overclocked cache but when these appear to add little to the performance of an already outstanding drive one has to wonder how that extra cash injection can be justified. The 3 year warranty will go some way to advocate the extra outlay as would OCZ's terrific support, both of which a fair chunk so a lot will depend on how much value you place on these two propositions. Should you decide to lay claim to the OCZ Vertex Turbo, one thing I can guarantee you is blistering performance, the likes of which you have to experience to believe and no amount of text can describe the improvements an SSD of this caliber can make to a high end computer system.
 
The Good
- Fantastic performance
- Slight improvement over the stock Vertex
- 3 year warranty
- 180MHz cache
 
The Mediocre
- Did not reach advertised speeds during testing
- No included jumper for firmware flashing
 
The Bad
- The price may discourage potential buyers
 
 
 
Thanks to OCZ for supplying the 120GB Vertex Turbo SSD for todays review. Please discuss in our forums.
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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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