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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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JMicron controversy
By Visual on 12/12/2008 3:32:15 AM , Rating: 2
I am a bit disappointed by AnandTech about this...
Their article was a very useful warning about the possible problems with SSDs, but they didn't explore the issue sufficiently. I've read on a few places that the fault really might not be in JMicron's controller, as even people with the Intel drives sometimes get such stuttering... only less, because it has more cache.
Also there have been reports that using the JMicron drives in RAID mode, even as a single-drive, reduces or removes the problem.
Also I read a post somewhere that using those drives with certain IO controllers seems to be trouble-free... do JMicron make IO controller cards or chips for them? Would be an interesting combination to try...

Anyway, my point was that it is disappointing how the issue remains unexplored and I think it hurts the SSD market unnecessarily.
For example if I knew for sure that using the drives in RAID was OK, I'd have bought a pair already. If that really turns out to be the case, I dare say that AnandTech did a disservice to me and even the whole market.

RE: JMicron controversy
By Visual on 12/12/2008 6:41:11 AM , Rating: 2
Hmm one more comment...
I now notice there are some "Solid Series" launched by OCZ a couple months ago, I somehow missed the news about it...
They seem to be slightly slower and slightly cheaper than the "Core Series" V2, not even cheaper sometimes with the rebates and stuff.
I would really love to see a comparison between the two, maybe with these new Vertexes as well.

I hope DailyTech keeps a look out for that info and I notice it in the article list this time around.

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