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OCZ Vertex 120GB Solid State Drive

OCZ Vertex 120GB Solid State Drive

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Start Times, Boot Times & Notebook Battery Life

Applications Start Time

Adobe Photoshop CS3 (seconds)
Mathworks Matlab (seconds)
OCZ Vertex Series 120GB
OCZ Apex Series 120GB
Western Digital Scorpio Black 250GB
Seagate 7200.10 500GB
Western Digital AAKS 640GB
Seagate 7200.11 1.5TB

Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Mathworks Matlab are two very slow-starting applications, especially after adding a few tens of libraries in them. They are excellent examples of how quickly heavy professional applications would start and work under real life circumstances.

Expectedly, the SSD drives with their extremely fast seek rates and read speeds mop the floor with the mechanical drives once again. The Vertex once more delivers the best performance and it severely outperforms even its cheaper mainstream sibling, the Apex, which seems to find it more difficult to deal with multiple small files even though its read speed is comparable to that of the Vertex.

Boot Time in Seconds (cold start to OS)

OCZ Vertex Series 120GB  
OCZ Apex Series 120GB  
Western Digital Scorpio Black 250GB  
Seagate 7200.10 500GB  
Western Digital AAKS 640GB  
Seagate 7200.11 1.5TB  

For the means of this real world test we formatted the drives and installed a fresh copy of Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 and the system’s latest drivers, then took readings of the time the system needed to fully boot from when we pressed the power on button.

From the results of this test, we began thinking that the unbelievable numbers PC Mark Vantage gave us might not be very far from the truth. As one would expect from a very fast SSD drive, with the Vertex installed the system took less than half the time our fastest mechanical HDD required to boot. But it also took 12 seconds less compared to the Apex series drive, a very notable performance difference against another SSD product which also has comparable seek times.

Battery life (time in minutes)

OCZ Vertex Series 120GB  
OCZ Apex Series 120GB  
Western Digital Scorpio Black 250GB  

For the means of this test, we installed the two SSD drives and the 2.5" mechanical drive into a Dell XPS M1530 notebook and measured the time the battery would last while the laptop was playing an HD video file. The notebook restoration CDs were used in order to create nearly perfect images of the OS and installed programs in all of the drives. The extended 85Wh battery is installed.

As you can see from the above results, the SSDs will improve the battery life of your notebook but only by a few minutes compared to a mechanical drive. Strangely enough, our battery lasted a little longer with the Vertex drive rather than with the Apex drive installed even though the Vertex drive is supposed to consume a little more power over the Apex (2W over 1.8W respectively). This may have to do with the improved controller, but the Vertex probably consumes a little less power than the Apex which has two controllers in parallel instead of one.

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Stuart Davidson

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