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OCZ Apex 120GB SSD

OCZ Apex 120GB SSD

Final words and conclusion

What we did like:

From our benchmarks and real-world performance it seems that implementing a RAID chip in the Apex SSD was a very clever idea. The internal RAID 0 chip increases the overall performance of the drive significantly without doubling the cost of the drive. It also helps eliminating problems such as momentary stuttering which are associated with early SSDs using the first revision of JMicron JMF602 controllers.

We have been using the Apex as our primary OS drive for several and we faced no stuttering or freezing problems at all. The integration of the RAID chip is entirely imperceptible by the end user and any system recognizes the Apex as a single 120GB drive. It also doesn’t seem to increase the power consumption of the drive by any noteworthy percentage, as the Apex still needs less than 1.8W Max to operate.

What we did not like:

There is little not to like about the Apex SSD drives. They are more expensive than other MLC SSD drives but also much faster, and they still are significantly cheaper than the Intel SSD drives which compete with them in terms of performance. The problems the OCZ Apex SSD has are shared by any SSD nowadays and they are mostly OS related. Since the current operating systems are optimized to work best with mechanical drives, certain optimizations which are useless and/or harmful for SSDs (such as defragmenting) need to be manually disabled.

Who would we recommend it to:

The OCZ Apex Series SSD drives are an excellent choice for replacing the main drive of a high end laptop or desktop PC. They are exceptionally fast and very durable with little power consumption. Unfortunately their capacities are adequate but not comparable to those of large mechanical drives, so secondary internal and/or external mechanical drives will be necessary if large data storage is needed.

If ultimate speeds are the most important factor to you, the OCZ Apex SSD drives can also be set to assemble a very fast RAID array for even higher performance.

Considering all of the above, the OCZ Apex 120GB drive earns our Gold Award.

Available at OCUK for £344.99 Available at Newegg for $319.00

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Stuart Davidson

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