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OCZ Vertex is Even Faster in Limited Edition SSD

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Do you have the need for speed?

Looking for a speedster of a solid state drive? OCZ hopes to attract your attention with the Vertex Limited Edition (LE). The Vertex LE delivers transfer rates at up to 270MB/s read and 250MB/s write speeds and reaches 15,000 IOPS (4K random write).

The Vertex Limited Edition is built with MLC flash memory on a SATA 3Gb/s interface and supports TRIM. Making it fit the name, Vertex LE line will only be available for a brief time in 100GB and 200GB capacities.

“OCZ has an excellent reputation as a leader in solid state drives, and as new technologies become available, we are continually expanding our solution portfolio to bring enhanced performance benefits to the complete spectrum of our client’s applications,” commented Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group. “The new Vertex Limited Edition SSD is our fastest, multi-level cell (MLC), performance-based drive yet and delivers both exceptional speed and reliability for customers demanding a superior storage solution including intensive applications such as audio/video editing, mobile computing, and even use in workstations.” 

The 100GB will run for $400 and the 200GB at $830.

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    the_krasno , February 20, 2010 12:54 AM
    It will be cheaper to buy 2 of the 100GB drives and make them run in RAID 0, also they will perform a lot better.
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    vant , February 20, 2010 1:38 AM
    Why do people care about sequential speeds so much? It's the random speeds we need plastered on banners. I don't transfer 1GB files every hour, neither do most consumers.
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    kelfen , February 19, 2010 11:53 PM
    If my memory is correct these are faster than intel's sdds
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    jisamaniac , February 19, 2010 11:59 PM
    Correct kelfren. OCZ has always had the faster SSD drives.
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    liquid0h , February 20, 2010 12:10 AM
    For my budget, the price still isn't worth it. Tempting though...
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    jrocks84 , February 20, 2010 12:12 AM
    In terms of write speed, yes, but not until now in terms of read speed I believe.
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    helevole , February 20, 2010 12:12 AM
    “The new Vertex Limited Edition SSD is our fastest, multi-level cell (MLC), performance-based drive"

    read/write/IOPS values like that, and its not even SLC? to another poster from below a previous article: "It´s Soopah!" :) 
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    ricin , February 20, 2010 12:24 AM
    Supposedly awesome new drive, but on old transport technology (SATA II). That's about an idiot move right there.

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    salimbest83 , February 20, 2010 12:25 AM
    wonder when sata 3 will be mainstream
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    the_krasno , February 20, 2010 12:54 AM
    It will be cheaper to buy 2 of the 100GB drives and make them run in RAID 0, also they will perform a lot better.
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    gladiator_mohaa , February 20, 2010 1:34 AM
    I was just thinking that Krasno.
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    vant , February 20, 2010 1:38 AM
    Why do people care about sequential speeds so much? It's the random speeds we need plastered on banners. I don't transfer 1GB files every hour, neither do most consumers.
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    rick2689 , February 20, 2010 3:23 AM
    kelfenIf my memory is correct these are faster than intel's sdds


    Nice pun. Good stuff.

    On another note - who actually buys these things? Is it that much to wait 10 more seconds for something to load? How valuable is someone's time that uses these? I had an SSD by OCZ that was rated at 150mb/s and 90mb/s. It was noticeably slower than my 1.5TB barracuda drive. I don't like how these drives degrade much faster. I know they'll last longer and all and are more durable but who throws their computer in a river or tosses grenades at it? Maybe someday they'll get cheaper.
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    Annisman , February 20, 2010 3:44 AM
    Wonder how these compare to my OCZ Vertex Turbo.
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    rbarone69 , February 20, 2010 4:33 AM
    rick2689Nice pun. Good stuff.On another note - who actually buys these things? Is it that much to wait 10 more seconds for something to load? How valuable is someone's time that uses these? I had an SSD by OCZ that was rated at 150mb/s and 90mb/s. It was noticeably slower than my 1.5TB barracuda drive. I don't like how these drives degrade much faster. I know they'll last longer and all and are more durable but who throws their computer in a river or tosses grenades at it? Maybe someday they'll get cheaper.


    When you're paying good money for a team of developers working on large programming projects waiting that little extra time adds up when half your day is spent waiting on compile times.

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    anamaniac , February 20, 2010 5:02 AM
    Meh.
    I'm more interested in Gen 3 Intel x18-m drives.
    Also, why aren't more mainstream SDD's 1.8"? Intel's 80GB x18-m costs $200, comes with a 2.5" bracket, costs less than their 80GB x25-m, and is comparable in performance.
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    eklipz330 , February 20, 2010 5:44 AM
    wow... $4/gb... prices are coming down ^_^

    i remember late 08... it was about $10/gb
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    JeanLuc , February 20, 2010 10:11 AM
    jisamaniacCorrect kelfren. OCZ has always had the faster SSD drives.


    You need to look beyond the basic read/write speeds and look at the 4k results to gauge how good an SSD is and in that regards Intel's SSD are miles ahead of the competition.

    salimbest83wonder when sata 3 will be mainstream


    SATA is mainstream anyone who bas built or bought a PC in the last 3 years should have SATA 3Gbs.
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    climber , February 20, 2010 11:49 AM
    JeanLucYou need to look beyond the basic read/write speeds and look at the 4k results to gauge how good an SSD is and in that regards Intel's SSD are miles ahead of the competition.SATA is mainstream anyone who bas built or bought a PC in the last 3 years should have SATA 3Gbs.

    SATA 3.0 is 6Gb/s, SATA 2.0 is 3Gb/s, salimbest83 was more than likely referring to SATA 3.0. That being said, this drive can't beat the current SATA 2.0 read/write speeds of the interface so don't worry.
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    JohnnyLucky , February 20, 2010 11:51 AM
    I'm thinking the OCZ press release is full of marketing hype.
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    JamesSneed , February 20, 2010 12:08 PM
    @JeanLuc - Probably true but these are very close to maxing out the Sata 2.0 bandwidth. Like you said Sata 2.0 is 3Gb/s or in another words 286MB/s. These these drives are hitting 270MB/s read speads. With a bit of encoding overhead factored in the sequential reads could already be limited by the Sata II controler. Im personally holding out on SSD's for price and Sata 3.0 drives.
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    kencolestud69 , February 20, 2010 1:24 PM
    It would be nice if there was a poll about how many of Tom's Hardware readers have SSD's and if they really notice a significant improvement that justifies the cost.
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