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OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD Review

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The Vertex 4 is the first SSD from OCZ to ship without the popular SandForce 2281 controller, opting instead for a fresh set of silicon from recently-acquired Indilinx. Despite some issues with write amplification, OCZ's original implementation of the Everest controller in their Octane SSD proved to be quite formidable. The Everest 2-equipped Vertex 4 delivers on the amazing sequential and random write performance promised by Everest 2, with none of the write amplification drawbacks of the previous controller. 

 

Overview


OCZ Vertex 4 SATA III 2.5" SSD

 

As the fourth generation of the legendary Vertex family, the Vertex 4 Series pushes storage performance to the max and redefines the modern day computing experience. Vertex 4 SSDs are innovatively engineered to deliver industry-leading file transfer rates and superior system responsiveness, all while providing a more durable, reliable, and energy efficient storage solution compared to traditional hard drives. Designed to take full advantage of the SATA III interface, the Vertex 4 unleashes ultimate productivity, gaming, and multimedia applications.

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Features

  • Industry's highest IOPS performance up to 120,000
  • No compression-related performance limitations
  • Indilinx Infusedô Everest 2 Platform

 

 

  • Fast boot times and ultra-low latency
  • Insutry-leading 5-year warranty
  • Ndurance 2.0 Technology
Courtesy of OCZ Technology

 

 

Specifications


Performance 64GB 128GB 256GB 512GB

Sequential Reads (MB/s)

  460

560

560

560

Sequential Writes (MB/s)  220 430 510 510
Random 4k Read IOPS (IOPS)  70,000 90,000 90,000 90,000
Random 4k Write IOPS (IOPS)  50,000 85,000 85,000 85,000
Maximum IOPS (IOPS) 85,000 120,000 120,000 120,000
Physical  
Usable Capacities (IDEMA) 64BG, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB     
NAND Components 2Xnm Synchronous Multi-Level Cell (MLC)  
Interface SATA III / 6Gbps (backwards compatible with SATA II / 3Gbps)   
Form Factor 2.5 inch 
NAND Controller Indilinx Everest 2    
DRAM Cache Up to 1GB
Dimensions 99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3 mm
Reliability/Protection   
MTBF 2 million hours   
Data Path Protection ECC corrects up to 128 random bits/1KB
Data Encryption 256-bit AES-compliant, ATA Security Mode Features
Product Health Monitoring Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (SMART) Support
Environmental   
Power Consumption Idle: 1.3 W   Active: 2.5 W
Operating Temperature 0∞C ~ 70∞C   
Ambient Temperature 0∞C ~ 55∞C
Storage Temperature -45∞C ~ 85∞C    

Shock Resistance

1500G   
Compatibility  
Serial ATA (SATA)

Fully compliant with Serial ATA International Organization: Serial ATA Revision 3.0.
Fully compliant with ATA/ATAPI-8 Standard Native Command Queuing (NCQ)

Operating System Windows XP 32-bit /64-bit; Windows Vista 32-bit / 64-bit; Windows 7 32-bit / 64-bit; Linux; Mac OS X 
Additional Features        
Performance Optimization TRIM (requires OS support), dynamic and static wear-leveling, background garbage collection, Indilinx nDurance 2.0 Technology to extend SSD lifespan
Other Performance Features Ndurance 2.0 Technology (Reduced Write Amplification without Compression, Advanced Multi-Level ECC, Adaptive NAND Flash Management)   
Service & Support 5-Year Warranty, Toll-Free Tech Support, 24 Hour Forum Support  
Courtesy of OCZ Technology

 

Packaging


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The "Indilinx Infused" Vertex 4 shares its box with a minimal number of items. OCZ kindly includes a 3.5" to 2.5" adapter, along with mounting screws, a manual and an OCZ sticker. There's good reason to be pumped about the industry-leading 5 year warranty, but we would have liked to see a set of cables.

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