OCZ Vertex 2 SSD Review

Vertex 2 Up Close

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Most Recent Comments

05-08-2010, 14:34:16

Bit poo really compared to some of the competition for the price.

Nice review as ever though

Gave me something to read when the forum was down.Quote

07-08-2010, 11:46:04

Wow, not so good then that one.

Crystal hates my X32. Reports it wrong, runs like a dog and gives terrible results. ATTO. That really seperates the men from the boys Quote

19-08-2010, 06:38:30

Interesting....I've seen other really good reviews of the Vertex 2 (primarily the E versions) and indeed I bought a 60GB Vertex 2E on the strength of one. It's certainly snappy enough running Windows 7. ATTO gives 280MB/s read and 260MB/s write but I gather this is something to do with how the SF controller deals with different data compression?

Although now I'm thinking maybe I should have got one of OCZ's bootable PCI-E drives instead!Quote

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