4-Way SSD Round-Up, OCZ, Corsair, Kingston, ST

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The SSD market is incredibly hot at the moment. Not only is there a consistent influx of new products that seemingly leapfrog the previous generation in nearly every way, but already established products have been treated to firmware updates that enhance their performance and capabilities as well.

Over the course of the last few months, we rounded up a number of solid state drives and featured products from Intel, OCZ, and others independently. Ultimately, we found that Intel's X25-M series of drives was the current kingpin in terms of overall performance, but since our initial look, a slew of new drives have hit the market and Intel has updated the X25-M's firmware to eliminate a potential performance degradation issue. Due to all of the recent activity in the SSD space, we thought it was a good time to round-up another assortment of solid state drives to get a better feel for the current landscape.

We're going to show you four drives here, the OCZ Vertex Series SSD, the Corsair P256, Super Talent's UltraDrive ME, and finally a Kingston SSD Now drive, that's based on Intel's Technology. First up, let's take a peek at the OCZ Vertex series drive and then we'll move on to the rest...


OCZ Vertex Series SSD

OCZ's Vertex Series of SSDs use Samsung MLC NAND flash memory, coupled to 64MB of cache and a new IndiLinx IDX110M00-LC controller that does away with the many stuttering and performance issues that plagued early JMicron controllers. The drives feature the same 2.5" form factor as all of OCZ's previous SSD offerings and are available in capacities ranging from 30GB to 250GB. The drive you see here is the 120GB model, but we should point out that its actually a 128GB drive--OCZ branded it as 120GB drive because that is its formatted capacity within the OS.

OCZ Vertex Series SATA II SSD
Specifications and Features

  • Available in 30GB, 60GB, 120GB, 250GB capacities
  • 64MB Onboard Cache
  • 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 250 MB/s
  • Write: Up to 180MB/s
  • Sustained Write: Up to 100MB/s


According to OCZ, the Vertex Series drives have varying read / write speeds. The 120GB model, is rated for read speeds up to 250 MB/s, with write speeds up to 180MB/s and sustained writes of up to 100MB/s.

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bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

Nice right up. I am ordering either a WD scorpio black or a OCZ Solid Series for my netbook here in about an hour. The Solid series are slower, but for $109 for 30GBs a better deal. I am waiting on the girlfriend approval to find out which one I can getEmbarrassed

Anyway if I get the SSD and like it I may get a higher end SSD for my desktop down the road. I just need the a bigger one in size. I want one that can hold my OS and my steam foler(which is 51GBs right now)

iNsuRRecTiON 5 years ago

Hi there,


unfortunately you didn't test the SSDs with the latest firmwares!

Super Talent UltraDrive ME have a new firmware 1370, which sets the max. write speed to 200 MBps and read speed to 260 MBps on all drives.

And with that the overall performance and 4k random write and read should be improved also.

I think the OCZ drives have also a new firmware 1.10 or such.


So please update your article/test with the newest firmware.

Besides this, your article is good, but not great, because of lack of newest firmware!

Thanks in advance!

best regards,



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