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Three year warranty now standard on all Vertex and Summit drives, even the ones already sold to customers

Solid State Drives (SSDs) using NAND flash modules have many advantages over traditional mechanical hard disk drives. They can offer improved battery life, greater durability, shorter boot times, and much faster response times because they no longer require the use of spinning magnetic disks.

OCZ Technology has been very successful with their popular Vertex series of SSDs. Other companies have tried to emulate its good fortune, but have had to compete with lower prices than OCZ, which has been able to maintain a price premium

One of the keys to OCZ's success has been the Barefoot flash controller from Korean flash controller specialist Indilinx. Barefoot chips are affordable and offer superb random write speeds, something that most other controllers are lacking.

The company has been very aggressive in marketing the Vertex brand. It previously unveiled a Mac Edition, and entered into the enterprise market with the Vertex EX using Single Level Cell (SLC) chips to challenge mighty Intel.

OCZ also recently launched the Agility series which also uses the Barefoot controller from Indilinx, although with lower speed flash in order to cut costs. They chose not to use the Vertex name in order to avoid diluting their branding.

The new Vertex Turbo Edition, however, can only help boost the Vertex name. OCZ is overclocking the Barefoot NAND flash controller and the SDRAM cache in order to achieve additional performance. Regular Vertex drives have 64MB of SDRAM clocked at 166MHz, but Vertex Turbo drives will have them clocked at 180MHz.

"The new Vertex Turbo makes use of the fastest SDR DRAM cache available and a
proprietary FTL level firmware that provides an even faster solid state drive for
enthusiasts looking for the ultimate desktop or laptop storage upgrade," stated Ryan Edwards, Director of Product Management for the OCZ Technology Group.

The Vertex Turbo will be available in 30GB, 60GB, 120GB, and 250GB models. The 250GB Vertex Turbo has the best performance on paper, unlike the regular Vertex series in which the 120GB model had the top performance. It has maximum read speeds of 270MB/s and maximum write speeds of 210MB/s write speed -- sustained write speeds are listed at up to 120MB/s. Performance of the 120GB model is similar, with a maximum write speed of 210MB/s. The other models have performance figures approximately 25% lower.

Overall, figures provided by OCZ indicate performance that will be 10% to 20% higher with the Turbo series. Therefore MSRP pricing is set approximately 10% percent higher by OCZ, but e-tailers will sell it for less than list price. The first units are shipping to the channel this week, with retail availability expected next week.

OCZ is also extending the warranty of all their premium level SSDs to three years. This includes all Vertex and Summit drives including the Mac Edition and Vertex EX, but excludes the Agility series due to their low cost NAND flash. Customers who previously bought Vertex and Summit drives will also have their warranties extended from two years to three. The company cited consumer demand, differentiation from competitors, and confidence in their products as key factors in lengthening the warranty period.

“Extending the warranty makes the OCZ total solution even more robust for consumers, and OCZ believes that product quality should always come first,” Edwards exclaimed.

“The confidence to back up that quality with a longer than industry average warranty is an added value for our complete spectrum of customers. Post sale service and support is simply part of the OCZ package, and now with any Vertex and Summit customers have an even longer period in which to leverage that added value.”











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Prohibitive price
By DonkeyRhubarb on 7/8/2009 5:20:22 AM , Rating: 5
I'd really like to get a 120-ish GB SSD, but for me the prices are still prohibitive. I'm not exactly rolling in money at the moment and an SSD just seems like a luxury Ill have to go without for the forseeable future.

RE: Prohibitive price
By therealnickdanger on 7/8/2009 6:47:16 AM , Rating: 2
The very definition of "luxury item". ;-)

Just keep thinking "June 2010, June 2010, June 2010". SSDs should be much more affordable by then.

RE: Prohibitive price
By bhieb on 7/8/2009 10:03:29 AM , Rating: 2
They are, but I picked up a 30G for $99. If you nerdy enough to actually care about an SSD then there is no reason you cannot fit your OS and a few core apps on there. Run a second drive of whatever size to store data. Runs fine for me games load faster and the OS is definitely snappier.

Agreed that they are way overpriced per GB, but $99 does not break the bank either, on a system that already has a good vid card and cpu it will add some spunk to it. And unlike other components, I will have this around in some computer for many years. When I "need" faster for my main box it will probably get relegated to a HTPC that is setup for streaming off my server.

RE: Prohibitive price
By dagamer34 on 7/8/2009 11:56:32 AM , Rating: 3
And for those on laptops?

RE: Prohibitive price
By Flunk on 7/8/2009 1:55:01 PM , Rating: 3
Obviously not nerdy enough.

RE: Prohibitive price
By Pirks on 7/8/2009 2:47:56 PM , Rating: 1
Especially if they don't know about Dell Vostro with two HDD bays :P And similar dual bay lappys

RE: Prohibitive price
By Hieyeck on 7/8/2009 3:22:56 PM , Rating: 1
You ask this despite the fact that all SSDs are 2.5" laptop sized drives anyways...?

RE: Prohibitive price
By 4wardtristan on 7/8/2009 6:13:19 PM , Rating: 4
i think he meant the fact that you would then be stuck with only 30gb of space.

RE: Prohibitive price
By MRwizard on 7/9/2009 6:44:29 AM , Rating: 2
external "cough" i meant, mobile drives will do the trick, if ur willing to pllug in everything all the time

Great move on the warranty!
By gevorg on 7/8/2009 5:29:46 AM , Rating: 4
Not sure what real world performance these turbo Vertexes will bring, but great move on the warranty OCZ!

RE: Great move on the warranty!
By wifiwolf on 7/8/2009 7:39:17 AM , Rating: 2
Yes,nice move.
Waranty is my first criteria when buying HD.
Anand has already reviwed vertex some time ago, so just add a notch. I'm not buying yet but it starts to look good and at least it gives me more confidence for buying it when price is good.

Adios HDD, Astalavista...
By greylica on 7/8/2009 1:03:50 PM , Rating: 3
We bought four of these 120Gb vertex SSD and put them in software Raid 0, we are using a 14 GB database, plus 2 GB software shared. (We backup our data everyday in an external HDD and DDS4 (after compactation) to preserve the SSDs and do not touch the SSDs with anything but the database).
Our life here get´s better than before with our work, we where using 4 velociraptor Raid 0 and the maximum read/write sustained through the gigabit lan was 360/220.
Today, a 760/380 troughput is what we have.
The only problem we found, is that the hardware Raid Cards can´t extract all of the monstruous performance of these little pets. Using software raid in two different controllers almost doubled the performance. The same thing ocurred with the velociraptors. (IRQ problems, I guess...)
But the best thing overall, when more than 12 clients access the database, we don´t need to deal anymore with defragmentations to speedup seek times.
Use NTFS very large chunks (64kb or higher), NEVER defrag, put lots (4 to 8 GB) of ram to cache file entries, a gigabit lan with the most possible large MTUs that your lan support and you´re in heaven...

The downside for large adoption, it´s the price, but in terms of performance, it´s a big deal for enterprises.

Enterprise SSD's
By twhittet on 7/8/2009 11:06:09 AM , Rating: 2
This is at least a step forward in using SSD's as Enterprise solutions - it means they're more confident in longevity of them. Now if I can just afford a SAN stacked with SSD's and a few 10G ports to run my Vsphere on I'd be set.

By vladio on 7/8/2009 4:25:56 PM , Rating: 2
`maximum read speeds,maximum write speeds,sustained write speeds,...bla-bla-bla...`
Too many bogus numbers.
How about just TWO numbers:
what is the MINIMUM_WRITE_SPEED? (worst-situation-ever)
today, and 3 years from now,
..and that's all!

By shabby on 7/8/2009 5:54:08 PM , Rating: 1
This clock bump should of been a free update to current owners who went through all those bios updates to finally have a working ssd.

Pumping up pointless numbers ...
By emboss on 7/8/09, Rating: -1
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