OCZ Octane and Vertex 4 use Marvell Controllers

OCZ has managed to do it again. This time it looks like their Indilinx Everest Controllers are actually Marvell controllers with Indilinx firmware.

the Indilinx Everest 1 used in the OCZ Octane and Petrol is a Marvell 88SS9174.

The Indilinx Everest 2 used in the OCZ Vertex 4 is the new Marvell 88SS9187.

Here is the link to the source of the information:

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  1. No wonder they are not so great!

    The Octane and Petrol lines are........MEH!

    Not sure about Vertex 4. They only look ok. I'll wait a while to see what happens down the road.
  2. I just checked the official OCZ Vertex 4 product page. The official specifications clearly indicate the ssd has an Indilinx Everest 2 Controller instead of The Marvell 88SS9187.

    Here is the link to the OCZ Vertex 4 product page:


    Same thing a newegg.com:


    Same with all the technical Vertex 4 reviews listed in the ssd database:

  3. If all this is true it's clearly an intentional deception by OCZ. It's just one more excellent reason to not do business with them.
  4. I just checked the official Vertex 4 press releases that OCZ published on April 4th. OCZ definitely mentions an Indilinx Everest 2 Controller. No mention of Marvell.

    Here are the links:


  5. ram 1009 - There is another way to look at it.

    Indilinx was a research and development company with 45 employees and no fabricating facility when OCZ acquired the company last year. Indilinx still has no fabricating facility so some other company had to manufacture the so called Everest and Everest 2 controllers. You could simply say the manufacturer or source of the two controllers has been identified.

    It is not any different from other branded components. For example, OCZ designs power supplies but does not manufacture them. In the past OCZ power supplies have been manufactured by 3Y, Channel Well, FSP, Impervio, Sirtec, and Topower. AMD does not manufacture memory. Their new line of memory is manufactured by Patriot. This type of information can usually be found in technical reviews. I guess for technical reasons that is not possible with ssd controllers.
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