OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD Review - Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts


OCZ's acquisition of Indilinx has to be something they're very happy about with the early success of the Everest 2 controller.  OCZ now has their own controller to tune and develop as they wish, and even though there may have been uncertainty around it, they've already succeeded.  The Vertex 4 is easily the best all-around performer, as it shrugs off incompressible data and handles higher queue depths far better than any of the Sandforce drives.  We did see the random read speeds drop below Sandforce drives in lower file size transfers, but handles these same transfers better with random data sets.  The peak throughput also doesn't quite match the Sandforce drives, they come very close, often to the point where the difference is around 1%, which you simply won't notice and is within our error margin.  The write access times were also fantastic.

 

Support will be OCZ's huge intangible benefit with the Vertex 4.  They now have an in-house controller that they can develop and support themselves.  It also helps give them the confidence, and to pass that confidence along to you, to package in a 5 year warranty with their drives.  That's worth alot in itself, and OCZ has already proven their ability to rapidly support and improve their drives, already providing several firmware updates that have really boosted drive performance.  OCZ has done a great job continuing the Vertex lineage as a flagship SSD lineup, and the Vertex 4 is available in sizes from 64GB to 512GB.

 

The 256GB version can be found for right around $200 today, which is a very good value, being the same as the HyperX 3K which we thought was a great value a month ago, and the Vertex 4 carries 2 extra years of warranty.  OCZ also has the benefit here of not having to source their controllers from a third party, so I wouldn't be surprised to see their drives continuing to be very competitively priced. 

 

The Good

  • Great all-around performance
  • Included 3.5-inch drive bay adapter
  • Competitively-priced
  • 5 Year Warranty
  • OCZ has shown great firmware support
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The Bad

  • Some 4K transfers lagged behind Sandforce

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