OCZ Vertex Limited Edition, SandForce Powered SSD

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The Vertex LE from OCZ looks just about like any standard SSD on the market today, at least in terms of its exterior appearance.  Of course we're always going to crack the case to get a look inside.


Like the Vertex 2 Pro we tested a few weeks back the Vertex Limited Edition is based on Micron NAND flash.  The PCB you're looking at here is based on a 100GB configuration, which actually has 128GB or so of memory on board but is over-provisioned specifically for the SF1500 controller architecture that is on board. It doesn't require any DRAM cache and actually uses NAND Flash for memory space, for caching, garbage collection and volume management.

What's this? OCZ's very own controller?  Not quite...

The silkscreen logo on the chip is actually that of OCZ's but this isn't custom silicon here.  Sandforce simply offered OCZ a limited quantity of a specific lot of their SF1500 controller which would allow them to offer an SSD with enterprise-class performance at a more consumer targeted price point.  In reality these chips are likely from a specific lot that didn't pass some corner case performance condition for enterprise applications but will serve just fine in a consumer client application.

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rapid1 4 years ago

OCZ first as a memory manufacturer is really making great choices both here as well as in a new or newer market sector here. The one thing I don't get as well as a great platform performance wise with this device, and an especially enabled on now with the huge standard HD's available now at attractive prices is the combination setup. For the price of one of there 200 Gb units, I could conceivably get two of the 100 Gb units, and a standard HD of twice there size. What this would allow anyone to do is run these two in RAID 0 with a full backup to the standard drive. I see this as an attractive idea for multiple reasons. Obviously two of these in RAID 0 would raise the performance spectrum considerably. The reliability of these type of drives while greatly enhanced still falls below a mechanical HD, as does the functionality of RAID 0. So having two of these blazing along in RAID 0, while still completely backed up to say a 400 GB or larger mechanical HD enables far better performance as well as full reliability, for roughly the same price point as one of there 200 GB stand alone drives does. This is attractive at least to me.

InfinityzeN 4 years ago

Every time new drive comes out with a large jump in performance, I think about upgradeing.  Those thoughts last all of 10 seconds until I realize it will cost me damn near a grand to replace my two Vertex 120GiB drives.  The Micron drive came the closest to making me take the jump, but I would have to dig up a SATA 6G controller.  I'm thinking I'll end up waiting until 6G is the standard for MoBos and drives, then just upgrade the whole thing.

That right there is the problem.  Your early adopters are starting to suffer some burnout (at least the ones I know).  Most of us can not afford to buy new $400+ drives every 2~3 months when the latest and greatest comes out anymore.  The situation is even worse when you look at all the early adopters (more so the first time early adopters in this case) who got saddled with the JMicron based drives.

I know the sales right now are nice, but does anyone else agree that sales will not explode till the next generation interface (6G) becomes the market standard?

rapid1 4 years ago

Hey infinityzeN as a straight pointer I have been seeing with both Sata3 and USB3 the adapters are coming out very early compared. As far as I know both are available now, although I have not bought one yet. The USB 3 adapter I am pretty sure is now or will shortly be available as a PCI-X one for under 100 dollars with internal and external ports. I am also pretty sure Sata 3 adapters are also available in the same PCI-X makeup although I think they are more than 100 but under 175 from what I've seen. This is one of the reason I did not like the 1156 motherboards, and or implementation all together, is the limitation in PCI-X bandwidth as well as how the controller works period.

InfinityzeN 4 years ago

By market standard I ment mobos would have 6G plugs and most of the drives on the market would be 6G.

rapid1 4 years ago

Yeah I got that, but why not use a PCI-X adapter if you can, rather than building a whole new PC if your current PC is sufficient? I know in general I am stating that question on a forum which has users like us that in general love building or upgrading our PC's. But still if you have the available socket, and bandwidth, why not until the prices as well as components get lower, and more standard.

blazarcher 4 years ago

I'm soooo tempted to buying an SSD. I've still got an old mechanical hard drive, I know, I know, GO BUY ONE. I'm planning on getting a "cheap" Intel X-25-V.. V for Value that is xD What would you guys consider a good SSD to start out with.. And if I were to get a high end SSD should I go with the OCZ LE Vertex or should I go with one of the others out right now?

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