OCZ Vertex 4 Indilinx Everest 2-Infused SSD

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Performance Summary: The new OCZ Vertex 4 performed very well in the majority of our tests, but there were some obvious strong points that standout. Random reads and writes are where the Vertex 4 really shines, and performance got better as queue depths increased. The drives put up some of the best scores we’ve seen in IOMeter with 100% random access, performance is consistent with both incompressible and highly-compressible data, and in the CrystalDiskMark 4K QD32 test, the new Vertex 4 drives obliterated all of the other drives we tested. In the trace-based PCMark7 storage benchmark, the Vertex 4 drives also performed well, but trailed the SandForce-based drives by a small margin. With respect to sequential reads, however, the Vertex 4 drives seemed to falter in the SANDRA and HDTune tests. The numbers we saw in those tests don’t seem to correlate to real-world performance though.

To test sequential reads (and writes) we also did some real-world file copy tests using a 5.7GB compressed file and timed the results. As you’d expect looking back at the Vertex 4’s write performance, it came in with the best write speeds. The Vertex 4’s read performance trailed the SandForce-based Vertex 3, but only by a small amount.


The OCZ Vertex 4

The new OCZ Vertex 4 solid state drives proved to be solid performers according to our tests, although the drives do not offer the generational leaps in performance some might have come to expect from OCZ’s Vertex series. The Vertex 2 was a much better performer than the original. And the Vertex 3 crushed the Vertex 2 upon its arrival. The Vertex 4, however, doesn’t clearly lead the Vertex 3 across the board. There are some obvious improvements in random access performance and at higher queue depths, and the Indilinx Everest 2 platform does not suffer from any compression-related performance degradation like SandForce’s current controllers, but the Vertex 4 can’t match the Vertex 3’s (and other high-end SandForce-based drives) with sequential reads.


*Pricing as of April 3, 2012

Regardless, the Vertex 4 is still a very good performing solid state drive. OCZ has set the MSRPs of the Vertex 4 512GB and 256GB drives we tested at $699 and $349, respectively. That works out to about $1.47 per GB, although we expect street prices to be somewhat lower once drives are widely available. At those prices, the Vertex 4 is less expensive than competing SandForce-based drives, but somewhat more expensive than Crucial’s Marvel-based M4 or the Samsung SSD 830. That’s fair considering the Vertex 4 offers class-leading performance in a number of scenarios. We should also point out that OCZ is offering a 5-year warranty on these drives, which is two years longer than the Vertex 3, and a testament to OCZ’s faith in their long-term reliability.

  • 5-Year Warranty
  • Competitive Pricing 
  • Great Random Access Performance
  • Relatively Low Sequential Transfers
  • Not Clearly Faster than Vertex 3

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Very nice. I was kind of a SSD refusenic and actually for a while regretted buying an OCZ Vertex 4 for a while. I kept on trying to figure out how to get rid of, but eventually just gave up and installed it and...I can't go back to normal HDs anymore...

What I did was when upgrading to Windows 7, I installed Windows on the SSD, and used my old HD as the other partition for games and whatnot. Windows completely boots in about 7 seconds or so. The difference became more apparent when I bought a cheap laptop for school with a regular HD, and waiting for this thing to boot up is now torture compared to my desktop.

Anyway, nice review but for me it seems like the price doesn't climb proportionally to how much the space increases, so I think I'll stick smaller ones just for a Windows partition and regular HD for everything else.

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Thanks for the review Marco I've been waiting for this one. Ever since they announced they were going back to the Indilinx controllers it's had my attention. After seeing the octane's performance I was skeptical the Vertex 4 would break any records. I'm glad to see it's performance is up there but like you said the vertex line means speed and I was expecting it to beat the vertex 3 in all categories and sit as top dog. On the plus side it looks like ocz is really benefitting from their Indilinx purchase. It will be interesting to see if they convert the agility line over to the new controller as well.

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Good review Marco. These are good performers. The SSD market is really changing fast these days. Prices are going south and performance keeps getting better too.

Also,.....the SanDisk Extreme SSD drives are really looking good to me.

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