OCZ Vertex 2 SSD Review
The Vertex 2 in Pictures
SSD packaging is always a thorny issue. Anyone who has purchased a HDD will tell you that nearly all of them come in barely enough plastic to stop damage to the drives. Solid States on the other hand are a memory device and so require the same anti-static shielding we find on motherboards and the like. Therefore they also require some form of packaging to protect it as much as possible.
OCZ have got a very cool looking box. I'm not sure which part of our brains black and dark greys speak to, but it always makes us think of speed, performance, power and other things that are a benefit when trying to sell a high end product. In the same way Kharma don't sell baby blue speakers, so the world of PC Hardware is dominated by black.
One thing that is thankfully becoming more common is the inclusion of a caddy to hold the 2.5" drive in the standard 3.5" bays of 99% of cases. OCZs solution is identical, barring logo, to the one we saw with the Corsair Nova and certainly does the job.
The drive itself is finished in a matte textured black although curiously the reverse isn't. More often than not people don't see this side, but it's still strange to see the bottom of the case different to the top, especially as this is about the only area of the drive that a manufacturer can use to differentiate themselves from the pack.
Once the board is open we can see that this is a Sandforce 1200 controlled drive. The main differences this means to us as end users are two-fold.
Firstly Sandforce utilise a specialist architecture that uses the NAND MLC's themselves to act as the cache, theoretically providing faster transfer rates, whilst also helping keep costs slightly reduced because we no longer need an extra chip as cache to eliminate the stuttering that occurred in very early Solid State Drives.
The second difference is most obvious in the capacity. Unlike most drives this isn't actually 128GB but 120GB. This is because of part of the capacity is dedicated to performing the cache function.