OCZ Announces Vertex EX 2.5-inch SLC-based SSD

OCZ Announces Vertex EX 2.5-inch SLC-based SSD

OCZ Technology Announces Vertex EX 2.5” SLC-based SSD, Delivering Reliability and Performance for Enterprise Applications including Servers and Workstations

OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled OCZ Vertex EX 2.5” Solid State Drives that is designed to meet the stringent demands of server environments and enterprise applications. These new premium offerings are the pinnacle storage option excelling in performance, reliability, and power consumption that offer professionals and enthusiasts an unparalleled computing experience.

“The advantages of SSD’s over traditional hard disc drives including performance, reliability, no cooling requirements, and lower power consumption, are all highly beneficial to enterprise applications and enthusiast consumers looking for the ultimate storage solution,” commented Alex Mei, CMO of the OCZ Technology Group. “The new OCZ Vertex EX is designed to deliver unparalleled performance and reliability, featuring the latest-generation architecture and SATA interface utilizing single-level cell NAND flash memory for unmatched overall system responsiveness and stability for enterprise grade server solutions.”

Offering a server-class storage upgrade from traditional hard disc drives, OCZ Vertex EX SSDs have a compact form factor and no moving parts resulting in a quiet storage solution with significantly higher performance. For crowded server environments, the OCZ Vertex EX SSDs offer space and cost-savings with a compact form factor that use significantly less power thanks to the benefits of high-quality flash-based storage.

OCZ continues to expand its reach to all areas of computing interests and system preferences by going beyond the enthusiast PC to professional server and workstations. Building on the advantages of SLC flash-based storage, the OCZ Vertex Series EX is the result of the latest breakthroughs in SSD technology, delivering incredible performance that translates to professional-class data storage enthusiasts have come to expect from OCZ’s premium Solid State Drive offerings. These next-generation drives feature speeds up to a 260MB/s read and 210MB/s, while delivering lowered power consumption, increased responsiveness and data access, and superior durability compared to conventional hard drives. Initially available in capacities of 60GB and 120GB, Vertex EX offers ample room to create the ideal storage array for all your data.

For more information on the OCZ Vertex EX SSD, please visit our product page here.


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These are going to use the same controller as the MLC Vertex's of course with a different firmware. I wonder how much these are going to cost? I know they will be expensive since they are SLC. But they will be fast! I'd like to see them go head to head with the Intel drives :-)

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The MLC version is already plenty fast (specially two in a RAID).  Most of the gain from switching to SLC will be write.  Anything else, firmware changes.

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Those are some good looking write speeds. I hate to see the price tag though.

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Not really Bob, that is just its burst peak.  The average write speed is still 100MB/s, the same as the MLC Vertex.  In both versions the 120 is the fastest, which makes me happy.

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My 2 30GB Vertex's in a RAID 0 get 300MB/s write speeds. They are rated for 130MB/s a peice.... People with the 120s in a RAID 0 are seeing 400MB/s reads. I think OCZ under-rated these drives a little bit ;-) It also depends on your chipset too tho. I hear they don't do so good on AMD chipsets. I'm running mine on an Intel Chipset.

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InfinityzeN:

Not really Bob, that is just its burst peak.  The average write speed is still 100MB/s, the same as the MLC Vertex.  In both versions the 120 is the fastest, which makes me happy.

Hmm is see that now.Embarrassed

I can't wait to get my hands on a SSD. What are the recommended drives? I know of OCZ and Intels drives and to avoid the Jmicron controllers, but any other good SSD info.

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Bob, when I did my research I found the OCZ vertex drives to be the Fastest for your buck. Actually, the Intel ones are the only drives I saw that were faster and they are significantly more expensive. I think my 2 drives were $130 each. Which is not bad. The OCZ Apex drives are OK, but they use the Jmicron chip so people still experience studdering from time to time. The Vertex uses a different chip(can't remember the name off the top of my head) But vertex is where it's at :-)

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Thanks. I was looking around on newegg after I posted that. A 30GB OCZ Vertex drive were $130. They seem to have the best read/write speeds for drives under $500. I wonder if I would see a big difference in games if I loaded them on to one of those drives. I might look up some reviews tonight.

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