OCZ Lets Loose Speedy Vertex Limited Edition (LE) SSD

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News Posted: Thu, Feb 18 2010 12:28 PM
Is there any other company more active in the solid state drive space than OCZ? Probably not, and to keep the momentum going, OCZ today announced the newest member to its SSD lineup, the Vertex Limited Edition (LE).

The Vertex name should look familiar by now to anyone who's been following the SSD scene, so what makes the Limited Edition different from previous versions? According to OCZ, "cutting-edge new architecture." Put more plainly, the new Vertex LE ups the performance ante by delivering up to 270MB/s read and 250MB/s write speeds. And for you geeky types into the more hardcore stats, OCZ says you can expect up to 15,000 IOPS (4K random writes). On paper, it all adds up to one of the fastest consumer-level SSDs around.



"OCZ has an excellent reputation as a leader in solid state drives, and as new technologies become available, we are continually expanding our solution portfolio to bring enhanced performance benefits to the complete spectrum of our client's applications," commented Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group. "The new Vertex Limited Edition SSD is our fastest, multi-level cell (MLC), performance-based drive yet and delivers both exceptional speed and reliability for customers demanding a superior storage solution including intensive applications such as audio/video editing, mobile computing and even use in workstations."



Adding to its list of tricks, the Vertex LE also features TRIM support, a relatively new albeit important bullet point. By adding TRIM command support, SSD makers are able to side-step the performance degradation that plagued earlier flash drives after a certain amount of writes and deletes. Not to be undervalued, TRIM support should be at the top of any buyer's list when shopping an SSD.

The Vertex LE comes with a 3-year warranty. OCZ didn't say when it plans to start shipping the new MLC-based drive or disclose an MSRP, but did add it will come in 100GB and 200GB capacities. If we had to guess, we'd say pricing will probably start at $400 or higher.

Editor's Note:  We're going to be updating our original Vertex 2 Pro article with numbers from this drive in just a matter of days, so stay tuned.  Turns out the original Vertex 2 Pro wasn't quite ready for prime time but OCZ has more Sandforce-based drives coming soon.
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rapid1 replied on Thu, Feb 18 2010 5:23 PM

Wow that is fast!!!

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JoelB replied on Thu, Feb 18 2010 6:35 PM

Isn't that pretty similar to the high-end intel ones?

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On paper, the Vertex LE series is faster than Intel's flagship X25-E Extreme. OCZ claims a sustained write speed of up to 235MB/s, while Intel rates the X25-E at up to 170MB/s/.

Some other differences include:

X25-E = SLC, Vertex = MLC

X25-E = 32GB and 64GB, Vertex = 100GB and 200GB

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Impressive that with MLC it can best the Intel drive with SLC.

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rapid1 replied on Fri, Feb 19 2010 2:33 AM

I agree recoveringknowitall I wonder what would the benefit be to buying an SSD even on a corporate network then really?

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realneil replied on Fri, Feb 19 2010 2:36 PM

It looks good. It really will be good once they get over themselves and start pricing these drives for mainstream buyers.

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jmcquigg replied on Fri, Feb 19 2010 6:44 PM

I am hesitant to go with this drive right away. Every single one of the firmwares out there had significant troubles during their initial time on the market and are only now reaching a state where they are stable. This drive will be yet another 1.0 firmware which I think is too risky. Plus theirs sounds more complex that the others due to the ECC and compression on the drive. I'll wait for everyone else to gamma test if before I buy.

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RyuGTX replied on Sun, Feb 21 2010 1:50 AM

I think these use the SandForce controller. I believe they were a bit late into the game. Hopefully, they saw what everyone else did and learned from other peoples' mistakes. Seems like they are doing well so far with the really nice speeds.

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