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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: Bring it on.
By gochichi on 12/12/2008 9:17:09 PM , Rating: 2
I care, I care indeed.

That $50.00 deal... not buying it has been really tough. It sounds like so much darned fun. It's fun in part because it's such a small amount of space and then apparently it's really sensitive to tweaks. So you could spend all this time tweaking and benchmarking and such.

Good for you, hope it's as fun as I think it would be. Where will you post again, what are the "forums"?

This release has actually kept me from jumping on that deal, because before rebate you're talking nearly $80.00 after shipping and that's a good dent on what the Vertex drive would cost (say $140.00 shipped). The $50.00 deal has really wet my appetite though, now I want an SSD really badly.

I'm going to have to simply live precariously through reviews and other's anecdotes. What's up with Anandtech though? Aren't they supposed to that kind of stuff? I mean, buy toys and benchmark them and such.

OCZ has really done a nice job of making waves in the SSD market, first their $50.00 "real-deal" SSD, now this super cheap "performance" SSD (<$150). We'll see. Review some SSDs already. Particularly OCZ SSDs.

And OCZ, send a bunch of your drives to review sites... it's the best possible form of advertisement if your products are actually any good.

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