4-Way SSD Round-Up Redux: OCZ, Corsair, PhotoFast

OCZ Vertex Turbo

Next up we have the OCZ Vertex Turbo Edition SSD. The original OCZ Vertex SSD was praised for its strong performance and competitive price point. And it remains a very popular product amongst enthusiasts today. OCZ saw fit, however, to update the Vertex Series drives with faster cache and tweaked firmware to improve performance even further.


OCZ Vertex Turbo 120GB Solid State Drive

The drive you see pictured here is a 120GB OCZ Vertex Turbo SATA SSD. It uses the same 2.5" form factor as most other SSDs currently available and is housed in a durable metal enclosure. The OCZ Vertex Turbo is built around an Indilinx controller, paired with 64MB of 180MHz DRAM cache--the original Vertex drives had 166MHz cache. And like the original Vertex drives, although it is branded at a 120GB model due to its in-OS formatted capactity, it is actually a 128GB drive.

OCZ Vertex Turbo Series SATA II SSD
Specifications and Features
  • Available in 30GB, 60GB, 120GB, 250GB capacities
  • 64MB Onboard Cache @ 180MHz
  • 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 270 MB/s
  • Write: Up to 200 MB/s
  • Sustained Write: Up to 120 MB/s


As the specifications show, the Vertex Turbo Series of solid state drives have varying read / write speed ratings. The 120GB model pictured above, is rated for read speeds up to 270 MB/s, with write speeds of up to 200MB/s and sustained writes of up to 120MB/s.

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