OCZ Apex 120GB SSD

On First Page2. The Apex Drive


Introduction

The popularity of solid state drives is increasing as they become cheaper and their capacity increases, while they are not yet mainstream it won’t be long before that is the case. They have considerably better transfer rates and faster access times than mechanical drives which is why discerning enthusiasts have already begun replacing their main disks with SSD drives.

The most aggressive company in the SSD market most likely is OCZ, who released no less than six new series of SSD drives during the past seven months. Today we will have a look at one of their mainstream series SSD models, the Apex 120GB. We are going to see how well the latest mainstream MLC SSD drive from OCZ can perform in this review.

Manufacturer features and specifications

*Available in 60GB, 120GB, 250GB capacities*
*Read: up to 230 MB/sec**
*Write (120-250GB): up to 160 MB/sec**
*Write (60GB): up to 110 MB/sec**
*Seek: <.2-.3ms
*Slim 2.5" Design
*99.88 x 69.63 x 9.3mm
*Lightweight 77g
*Operating Temp: -10C ~ +70C
*Storage Temp: -55C ~ +140C
*Low Power Consumption
*Shock Resistant 1500G
*Internal RAID 0 Support
*MTBF 1.5 million hours
*2 year warranty

*Consumers may see a discrepancy between reported capacity and actual capacity; the storage industry standard is to display capacity in decimal. However, the operating system usually calculates capacity in binary format, causing traditional HDD and SSD to show a lower capacity in Windows. In the case of SSDs, some of the capacity is reserved for formatting and redundancy for wear leveling. These reserved areas on an SSD may occupy up to 5% of the drive’s storage capacity. On the Apex Series the new naming convention reflects this and the 30 is equivalent to 32GB, the 60 is equivalent to the 64GB and so on.

**Rated speeds are based on Intel P45 chipset and may vary slightly dependent on the benchmark used, drivers, windows version, bios version and file size. We recommend using ATTO and PC Mark Vantage for benchmarking SSDs. Write speeds for 120GB-250GB models will be faster than write speeds for 60GB models.

Packaging and bundle

The OCZ Apex Series SSD drive is supplied in a small and simple cardboard box. The artwork on the package is minimal with only a few features and specifications being mentioned. The unit is very well protected with a hard Styrofoam piece and inside the package you only find a very basic manual and the drive itself.

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