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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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RE: The controller isn't the only issue
By UNHchabo on 12/11/2008 12:08:51 PM , Rating: 2
Disclaimer, since I mentioned the company: I work for Intel, but not for any department involved in making the SSDs. I genuinely don't know if there are any other native SATA SSDs, and I'm calling upon the collective knowledge of DT's readership. :)

RE: The controller isn't the only issue
By 3DoubleD on 12/11/2008 12:47:27 PM , Rating: 2
These ones have native SATA II interfaces:

Perhaps they are selling IDE and SATA versions side-by-side. I wouldn't think they would limit themselves to just one market by not offering both interfaces.

By 3DoubleD on 12/11/2008 12:53:39 PM , Rating: 2
In fact, I don't think they even offer this SSD in an IDE form. I did a quick look around the OCZ site and couldn't find anything.

RE: The controller isn't the only issue
By UNHchabo on 12/11/2008 1:04:32 PM , Rating: 2
You misunderstand me, I think. For a while on SSDs, we saw that most companies were implementing them on IDE (cause it's easier), then using a PATA-to-SATA bridge chip so that you can plug a SATA cable in.

Take a look at page 2 of this article:

That SSD has a Marvell PATA-to-SATA bridge chip onboard. Does the OCZ SSD?

By therealnickdanger on 12/11/2008 1:48:12 PM , Rating: 2
I don't believe they would be able to achieve the advertised bandwidth without native SATA support. I suppose, like most things, we'll just have to wait for AT's review. :-)

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