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OCZ Vertex 120GB Solid State Drive

OCZ Vertex 120GB Solid State Drive

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Final Words and Conclusion

What We Did Like

The OCZ Vertex series is noticeably improved compared to any of the early drives utilizing JMF602 controllers. Even the Apex series drive didn’t stand much of a chance against it, and rightfully so as OCZ aims the Apex towards the mainstream market and the Vertex towards the hardcore enthusiasts. The Indilinx controller gave us no compatibility problems and after using the Vertex as an OS drive for several days we faced no freezing/stuttering problems, or any kind of problem at all.

What We Did Not Like
Even the Vertex and its Indilinx controller appear to be just about perfect, there is a catch. After using the drive a while, write speeds tend to become slower. It is mostly obvious after running the same benchmark time after time, where the performance degrades after a few runs. This is because the controller doesn’t fully reset the blocks after erasing them and it needs to do so in order to write them again. OCZ offers a BETA application called "TRIM", which is very simple to use and will reset all of the blocks of your Vertex drive, but doing so manually every once a while would annoy most users.

Who Would We Recommend It To
The OCZ Vertex series and the Intel X25-M drives are probably the fastest and better SSDs available in the retail market at this point of time. The Vertex drives are the first able to compete with Intel’s high end offerings, and at the same time they are notably cheaper. The Vertex series drives should make excellent OS drives for desktops and/or replacements for notebooks because of their 2.5" format, since they are manifold faster than any mechanical drive. Replacing your primary drive with a Vertex SSD will certainly make a great difference about your system’s overall performance. If ultimate speeds are the most important factor to you, the OCZ Vertex SSD drives can also be set to assemble a very fast RAID array for even higher performance. 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.

Considering all of the above, we grant the OCZ Vertex 120GB drive our Gold Award.

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Stuart Davidson

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