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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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It's a shame they dropped USB
By gochichi on 12/12/2008 12:35:02 AM , Rating: 2
I was looking more intently at these, and wow... these are very likely going to be totally killer products.

It's really too bad that they dropped USB though, because it's actually not a bad way to go for 30GB of on the go storage. I don't know, it just seemed like a modern idea to have that option there, and now not having it is kind of regressing... I hope that once USB 3.0 is released they'll equip these types of drives with one of those ports.

USB 2.0 is really a solid way to go, but USB 3.0 is going to be that much more amazing. Think about these little inexpensive power-houses just connected via a little USB 3.0 and enjoying their full performance (or at least a great improvement over current on the go solutions).

RE: It's a shame they dropped USB
By Visual on 12/12/2008 5:37:08 AM , Rating: 2
In all OCZ press releases and pages and info about the drives, the USB port is only mentioned in regards to flashing the firmware.

It is stupid enough already that the flashing can't be done through the sata connection... it'd be a real bummer if the usb is only for firmware flashing too. No loss that they drop it from the new version though.

But if it can be used for data, turning the drive into a USB Media Storage drive, it is a really great feature. I would think it would've gotten some more advertising if it were so, though.

Do you have any solid info on the topic?

RE: It's a shame they dropped USB
By gochichi on 12/12/2008 9:05:44 PM , Rating: 2
Reviewers on Newegg (a decent source in practical terms)say they've been using them the USB for data without any problems.

They even say that you can hook it up to the PS3 through USB for added storage.

I know it's very strange that OCZ doesn't mention it in their features. It is VERY strange indeed. However, a user review on OCZ's own site rants and raves about the USB port (for data).

I really do think their USB ports are the full featured deal, but it's kind of on the down-low for some reason.

Because the USB fires up the drive too, so no external power is needed... so basically you are left with absolutely no reason to have an external enclosure. This feature would be a great feature on all SSD drives going forward. It increases their useful lifespan too... because if my old IDE drives "just worked" with a USB cable I'd still be using them some, but they aren't worth the cost of enclosures (3.5" 30GB IDE for example, though a 2.5" would be worth it).

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