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OCZ Vertex SSD  (Source: OCZ)
Vertex SSDs are available with up to 250Gb of storage and 64MB of cache

Many companies are betting big on SSDs as the future of data storage. Today, the SSD isn't quite there for the average computer user because of the high price of SSD technology. SSDs are faring a bit better it the enterprise world where the higher cost is offset by performance.

It's no surprise that companies are trying to come into the retail market with lower priced SSDs. OCZ introduced its Core series SSDs this year, which turned out to be priced well for a consumer SSD. OCZ has introduced its latest SSD called the Vertex Series. The line is built using MLC NAND and is aimed directly at the consumer market.

Performance from the Vertex SSD line is claimed to be 200MB/sec read, 160MB/sec write, and the drives have up to 64MB of onboard cache. The new SSDs will not replace existing OCZ SSDs and will be sold alongside existing products the company is already offering.

The drives use a 2.5-inch form factor making them suitable for notebook use. The housing of the drive is made from aluminum and OCZ says the drives have a 1.5 million hour mean time between failure ratings. Storage capacities for the drives include 30GB, 60GB, 120GB, and 250GB. Pricing for the Vertex line is $129, $249, $469, and $869 respectively.

Specifications for the drives show decent power numbers with 2W in operation and .5W in standby. The drive can withstand up to 1500G and supports RAID. Vertex drives in 30GB and 60GB capacities have a 32MB cache while the 120GB and 250GB drives have 64MB of cache.

The larger 64MB cache should help prevent any stuttering during write operations and according to OCZ support, the Vertex line doesn't use the questionable JMicron controller.

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By therealnickdanger on 12/11/2008 12:05:04 PM , Rating: 1
30GB, 60GB, 120GB, and 250GB. Pricing for the Vertex line is $129, $249, $269 , and $869 respectively.

If that's correct, then (pending Anand's review) I will buy two of the 120GB model in a heartbeat.

RE: Typo?
By omnizero on 12/11/2008 12:06:54 PM , Rating: 3
it should be 469

RE: Typo?
By therealnickdanger on 12/11/2008 12:08:55 PM , Rating: 2
OK, then I'll just get two 60GB models for some RAID-0 fun! If that 30GB model can get under $100, I'll toss one in my CarPC and one in my MSI Wind (I don't come close to needing the 120GB it comes with).

RE: Typo?
By Ryanman on 12/11/2008 12:18:14 PM , Rating: 4

Here's where the blog was copy/pasted from : )

RE: Typo?
By 3DoubleD on 12/11/2008 12:57:40 PM , Rating: 3
No kidding.

It is still unfortunate that the warranty is still only 2 years. I'd expect at least 3 years, although 5 years shouldn't be out of the question considering many hard drives come with that. I still find it puzzling and contradictory that they claim these are more reliable yet don't back that up with a warranty. Unless I see a decent warranty backing up a product like this I'd be sure to back-up very frequently.

RE: Typo?
By quiksilvr on 12/11/2008 1:13:52 PM , Rating: 4
Agreed. 5 years should be a standard warranty for SSD.

RE: Typo?
By headbox on 12/11/2008 1:18:02 PM , Rating: 4
Wow, I want to run a "news" site where all I have to do is copy+paste press releases.

RE: Typo?
By Einy0 on 12/11/2008 7:10:29 PM , Rating: 5
Uh what did you think they did? The hard part is keeping up with all the info sources. They do add they're own commentary etc... I bet it's a full time job just keeping up with and compiling all this data from all these sources... Thanks DT...

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