4-Way SSD Round-Up Redux: OCZ, Corsair, PhotoFast - HotHardware

4-Way SSD Round-Up Redux: OCZ, Corsair, PhotoFast

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Next up we have the OCZ Vertex Turbo Edition SSD. The original OCZ Vertex SSD was praised for its strong performance and competitive price point. And it remains a very popular product amongst enthusiasts today. OCZ saw fit, however, to update the Vertex Series drives with faster cache and tweaked firmware to improve performance even further.


OCZ Vertex Turbo 120GB Solid State Drive

The drive you see pictured here is a 120GB OCZ Vertex Turbo SATA SSD. It uses the same 2.5" form factor as most other SSDs currently available and is housed in a durable metal enclosure. The OCZ Vertex Turbo is built around an Indilinx controller, paired with 64MB of 180MHz DRAM cache--the original Vertex drives had 166MHz cache. And like the original Vertex drives, although it is branded at a 120GB model due to its in-OS formatted capactity, it is actually a 128GB drive.

OCZ Vertex Turbo Series SATA II SSD
Specifications and Features

  • Available in 30GB, 60GB, 120GB, 250GB capacities
  • 64MB Onboard Cache @ 180MHz
  • Seek Time: <.1ms
  • Slim 2.5" Design
  • 99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3mm
  • Lightweight 77g
  • Operating Temp: 0C ~ 70C
  • Storage Temp: -45C ~ +85C
  • Low Power Consumption: 2W in operation, .5W in stand by


  • Shock Resistant 1500G
  • RAID Support
  • MTBF 1.5 million hours
  • 2 year warranty

120GB Max Performance

  • Read: Up to 270 MB/s
  • Write: Up to 200 MB/s
  • Sustained Write: Up to 120 MB/s


As the specifications show, the Vertex Turbo Series of solid state drives have varying read / write speed ratings. The 120GB model pictured above, is rated for read speeds up to 270 MB/s, with write speeds of up to 200MB/s and sustained writes of up to 120MB/s.

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In the conclusion under the Pros for the Vertex Turbo you put "Excellent Performance" and then under cons for that same SSD you put "Lowest performer overall" lol That seems very contradicting... must be a type ;-)

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Thanks for the head's up...just a typo...fixed now!

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Also on the last page in the little chart price and capacity are backwards.

Sorry to nit pic. Great read though.

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Man, I have such baby-brain lately--fixed. Thanks, Bob.

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Good job, Marco! Tremendously useful to those of us threading the SSD maze.


I wonder, though: The currenht trend seems to be drives hooked up through the SATA port, just like a motor HD. But I've also seen SSDs that plug into those miniPCIe slots, those tiny little ones on the motherboard which are usually relegated to a sound card.


The current crop isn't the speediest, possibly because miniPCIe is a 1x slot. The OCZ 16 GB claims a read speed of 110 MB/sec. The price per GB is worse than the larger drive-chain-based SSDs, too. (Fusion-io's IoDrive exceeds SATA-II performance; it uses a PCI Express x4 slot and its read speeds are up to 750 MB/sec, according to company literature. Of course, it's way more epensive than anything on the market.)


But (and this is a big but) people may go for a small drive with a low price, even if it's not a speed demon... especially if they just have one application that they want speeded up (cough cough World of Warcraft cough). I note that my (coughing fit deleted) WoW folder takes up 14.5 GB, which should be consistent up to the next major expansion. (Possibly beyond, if I get rid of all those unused AddOns and old updaters.)


So whaddaya think? User reviews at Amazon and Newegg imply that this is mostly for netbooks: I'm not 100% sure that it will even work in a desktop PC. But if someone has tried this, it'd be worth hearing about.

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User reviews at Amazon and Newegg imply that this is mostly for netbooks: I'm not 100% sure that it will even work in a desktop PC.

Laptop Sata drives work There are plenty of cheap brackets that sit in a 3.5 nch hard drive bay and hold the smaller drives though so its not a huge issue. Kingston even bundles one with some of there SSDs.

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@Bob-- The drives which hook into your SATA chain should indeed be recognized as a normal hard drive with no issues; but the ones I'm talking about are the ones which plug into a miniPCIe slot-- that tiny little thing on the motherboard which usually sits between the two x16 slots meant for graphics cards.


They should be identical, but I've found that there's a great gap in computer hardware between should be and are.

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Oh yeah I know what you are talking about now. These http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820609435

They look the same, but idk if it works or not. Hmm now I wonder.

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Speak of the devil and up he pops!

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