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New OCZ Firmware Boosts Vertex 4 Performance Up to 210%

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OCZ just released a new firmware (v1.4RC) this morning that boosts the performance of its Vertex 4 SSD (check out: OCZ Vertex 4 Review: A Flagship SSD Powered By...Indilinx?). Random read and write performance hasn't changed, but OCZ has made a few tweaks to sequential read and write speeds that should provide a major performance benefit. Across the entire Vertex 4 product line the data rate for sequential reads now top out at 550 MB/s, a meager 15 MB/s improvement.

Vertex 4 Performance Specifications
128 GB
256 GB
512 GB
4 KB Random Reads (IOPS)
90,000
90,000
90,000
4 KB Random Writes (IOPS)
85,000
85,000
85,000
128 KB Sequential Reads (MB/s)
Now: 550
Previously: 535
Now: 550
Previously: 535
Now: 550
Previously:535
128 KB Sequential Writes (MB/s)
Now: 420
Previously: 200
Now: 465
Previously:380
475


With the exception of the 512 GB capacity point, sequential writes see a major improvement. If you own the 128 GB model, you'll see a 210 percent increase in performance, as the data rate is now 420 MB/s. At 256 GB, the firmware tweaks made by OCZ only yield a 22 percent gain - from 380 MB/s to 465 MB/s. The great thing is that these speeds obviously apply to incompressible data, an important distinction considering this is OCZ's first performance Vertex drive that doesn't feature SandForce.

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    frombehind , May 7, 2012 1:21 PM
    hell yea... wish there were more out there like it. If only my AMD 7970 card could be made 210% faster with a driver patch, lol
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    Anonymous , May 7, 2012 1:48 PM
    (420 - 200) / 200 = 110% improvement not 210%.
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    nikorr , May 7, 2012 1:13 PM
    Now that's an update!
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  • 27 Hide
    nikorr , May 7, 2012 1:13 PM
    Now that's an update!
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    frombehind , May 7, 2012 1:21 PM
    hell yea... wish there were more out there like it. If only my AMD 7970 card could be made 210% faster with a driver patch, lol
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    matt_b , May 7, 2012 1:40 PM
    The title definitely skews the facts presented. A definite improvement is noticed, but only on one spec and one of the models - not the entire Vertex 4 lineup as the title would have you think. Still, I'll take the 2.8% and 22% performance from the other drive with the updated speeds. Anything is better than nothing, just hoping reliability remains in check.

    Edit: In addition to the fuzzy number wording, this is also not the first Vertex without a Sandforce controller - correct me if I am wrong.......
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    amdwilliam1985 , May 7, 2012 1:45 PM
    Sorry for being ignorant, but I thought the most important factors in a SSD is the random read and write. Since those didn't change, I presume real-world user experience won't be affected as much.
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    Anonymous , May 7, 2012 1:48 PM
    (420 - 200) / 200 = 110% improvement not 210%.
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    CaedenV , May 7, 2012 1:50 PM
    only for writes... and sequential writes... in practical everyday use this really helps nobody as 99% of what you do with a system drive is read. If you were using this as a render drive then it would help a lot... but I think most people with that workload would avoid OCZ like the plague and stick with Crucial or Intel.
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    Anonymous , May 7, 2012 1:58 PM
    (420/200) x 100% = 210%
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    victorious 3930k , May 7, 2012 2:00 PM
    caedenvonly for writes... and sequential writes... in practical everyday use this really helps nobody as 99% of what you do with a system drive is read. If you were using this as a render drive then it would help a lot... but I think most people with that workload would avoid OCZ like the plague and stick with Crucial or Intel.

    Boot includes sequential writes.
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    Branden , May 7, 2012 2:02 PM
    synthetic compressible data or real-world data?
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    mesab66 , May 7, 2012 2:05 PM
    Yup, 200-->420 % increase aint 210%. Still 110% increase aint too shabby, and yep, this would be a helluva lot better for most users if this was the read improvement.
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    victorious 3930k , May 7, 2012 2:05 PM
    Brandensynthetic compressible data or real-world data?



    God, this is NOT Sandforce!!!!!!!!1!11!!!!!!!
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    ilysaml , May 7, 2012 2:16 PM
    Is it 210 % increase or 110% increase? Should i go back to school?
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    freggo , May 7, 2012 2:26 PM
    As usual...Writers and Math clearly do not mix.

    100% increase = double the performance.
    200% increase = triple performance.

    How about reading a 5th grade math book ?

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    ilysaml , May 7, 2012 2:33 PM
    We just need some more benches and reviews to be sure, then i would consider it instead of the Samsung 830.
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    Supertrek32 , May 7, 2012 2:46 PM
    I'd love to see some benchmarks from Tom's that either back up or dispute this claim.

    Also, on a completely unrelated note, could we have a new memory timing vs speed article? The old one is well and truely outdated, and probably not accurate. I'd like to see how the addition of CPU integrated memory controllers and advanced memory types like DDR3 has changed (or not changed) things.
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    TidalWaveOne , May 7, 2012 2:56 PM
    First, someone needs to learn some math. 2nd, I wonder what bugs they introduced?
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    mayne92 , May 7, 2012 2:58 PM
    Will this be a destructive firmware flash update??? My first SSD is the Vertex 4 256GB so I'm not all up on what makes a firmware flash a destructive one or not.
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    aicom , May 7, 2012 3:22 PM
    "The great thing is that these speeds obviously apply to incompressible data, an important distinction considering this is OCZ's first performance Vertex drive that doesn't feature SandForce."

    The original Vertex had an Indilinx Barefoot controller.
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    syrious1 , May 7, 2012 3:40 PM
    mayne92Will this be a destructive firmware flash update??? My first SSD is the Vertex 4 256GB so I'm not all up on what makes a firmware flash a destructive one or not.


    Pretty sure OCZ has worked out the destructive flashing, most firmware updates go smoothly, but it never hurts to get another copy of your data.
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    matt_b , May 7, 2012 3:40 PM
    freggoAs usual...Writers and Math clearly do not mix.100% increase = double the performance.200% increase = triple performance.How about reading a 5th grade math book ?

    Additionally speaking of writing and math, it's also how it's worded:
    1) A 200% increase = 3x your base
    2) 200% of something = 2x your base
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