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OCZ Unveils Faster Vertex "Turbo" SSD

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 25 comments

Better, faster... still kinda expensive.

Intel's been at the top of the SSD performance heap since it unleashed its X25 line, giving serious system builders only one real choice for going solid state. Now storage competitors are catching up.

OCZ's Vertex line of SSDs is already a worthy choice for those looking for very fast storage, and now there's a turbocharged option as the company announced the Vertex Turbo Edition.

"OCZ is constantly looking for ways to advance our solutions, and based on feedback from our enthusiast consumers and top system integrators we looked for ways to further push the performance envelope in our popular Vertex Series of SSD’s," commented Ryan Edwards, director of product management for the OCZ Technology Group.

Edwards explained what makes this new line carry the turbo label: "The new Vertex Turbo makes use of the fastest SDR DRAM cache available and a proprietary FTL level firmware that provides an even faster solid state drive for enthusiasts looking for the ultimate desktop or laptop storage upgrade."

Specifically, the 64 MB SDR DRAM cache operates at 180 MHz in the Turbo Edition, as compared to 166 MHz in the regular model. The faster memory coupled with a tweaked firmware claim to deliver read and write speeds clocking in at up to 270 MB/s read and 210 MB/s write.

It's unknown if this firmware would also boost performance of the regular Vertex, but for now it seems to be one of the key distinguishing features of the Turbo Edition.

The Vertex Turbo SSDs are available in the following capacity and prices:

  • 32 GB - $139.99
  • 64 GB - $249.99
  • 128 GB - $409.00
  • 256 GB - $774.99
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    vgdarkstar , July 8, 2009 8:16 PM
    hikayuhow about they stop releasing knew technolgy and focusing on bringing the technolgy to eveyone by making it cheaper ? right now , the speed of these SSD are pushing SATA 2 limit and even if they managed to make it even faster , we're not going to use it until SATA 3 has been standardized .


    This is how they do it, by releasing better stuff, then the older stuff because cheaper.
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    DXRick , July 8, 2009 7:48 PM
    Where do they put the little turbochargers? :p 
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    jacobdrj , July 8, 2009 7:21 PM
    Cool. Do the older ones' prices drop now?
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    mrubermonkey , July 8, 2009 7:35 PM
    Sequential read and write performance is mostly a marketing tool and means little. I would still go with an Intel SSD for typical use due to the superior I/O of Intel's controller unless I had the unusual need for fast sequential write performance (Maybe for uncompressed 1080p 4:4:4 recording from camcorder to laptop).
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    warlordsagan , July 8, 2009 7:41 PM
    Boo, those SSD prices arn't 20$ yet :D  J/k
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    DXRick , July 8, 2009 7:48 PM
    Where do they put the little turbochargers? :p 
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    rambo117 , July 8, 2009 7:50 PM
    ^1+++

    amen, i think most of us can wait till theyre at mainstream prices ;) 

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    hikayu , July 8, 2009 7:51 PM
    how about they stop releasing knew technolgy and focusing on bringing the technolgy to eveyone by making it cheaper ? right now , the speed of these SSD are pushing SATA 2 limit and even if they managed to make it even faster , we're not going to use it until SATA 3 has been standardized .
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    pocketdrummer , July 8, 2009 8:12 PM
    hikayuhow about they stop releasing knew technolgy and focusing on bringing the technolgy to eveyone by making it cheaper ? right now , the speed of these SSD are pushing SATA 2 limit and even if they managed to make it even faster , we're not going to use it until SATA 3 has been standardized .


    true
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    ThisIsMe , July 8, 2009 8:15 PM
    It's not about max transfer rates. Those may push the SATA 2 limit, but the average speeds and the lowest speeds are what needs improving. Who cares if your drive can read data at 300MB/s if it only averages 120MB/s. It's those slow times that you'll notice. So I kinda' disagree with what you said about them pushing the SATA 2 limits. At least until they can average 250MB/s+.
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    vgdarkstar , July 8, 2009 8:16 PM
    hikayuhow about they stop releasing knew technolgy and focusing on bringing the technolgy to eveyone by making it cheaper ? right now , the speed of these SSD are pushing SATA 2 limit and even if they managed to make it even faster , we're not going to use it until SATA 3 has been standardized .


    This is how they do it, by releasing better stuff, then the older stuff because cheaper.
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    ckiraly , July 8, 2009 8:39 PM
    ...all that speed and I still can't get what I need done any faster.
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    one-shot , July 8, 2009 8:55 PM
    With the slowdown issues related with the OCZ SSDs, I wouldn't consider buying one. Intel SSDs seem fairly trouble free compared to the OCZ without the extra hassle. An OCZ drive never written on will have very high read/writes....after the drive has been used performance will go way down. Check out the reviews on Anandtech.com if you don't know what I mean.
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    coopchennick , July 8, 2009 9:13 PM
    I've almost stopped caring about how fast these little buggers go since I've been waiting and waiting until a decently fast one drops into the more mainstream market.

    I don't care if someone makes an SSD that is rated at 10000000000 TB/s. I just want my Vertex for a reasonable price.
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    flurrball , July 8, 2009 10:11 PM
    thisismeIt's not about max transfer rates. Those may push the SATA 2 limit, but the average speeds and the lowest speeds are what needs improving. Who cares if your drive can read data at 300MB/s if it only averages 120MB/s. It's those slow times that you'll notice. So I kinda' disagree with what you said about them pushing the SATA 2 limits. At least until they can average 250MB/s+.

    I just got done with a benchmark here at work using OCZ Vertex(the original) and the Patriot Warp SSDs. Not only did the Vertex slap the Warp, it's average read speed was ~220MB/s, even when I had all our corporate programs open (some of them are graphics design programs). I would say this new batch of Vertex Turbo's will probably come close to 250MB/s.

    And none of the Vertex's I tested had an average read speed below 200MB/s, let alone 120MB/s.
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    porksmuggler , July 8, 2009 10:58 PM
    flurrballI just got done with a benchmark here at work using OCZ Vertex(the original) and the Patriot Warp SSDs. Not only did the Vertex slap the Warp, it's average read speed was ~220MB/s, even when I had all our corporate programs open (some of them are graphics design programs). I would say this new batch of Vertex Turbo's will probably come close to 250MB/s. And none of the Vertex's I tested had an average read speed below 200MB/s, let alone 120MB/s.


    that would depend a whole lot on the "benchmark" your using, are you talking average sequential? pretty sure thisisme is talking about real use averages

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    one-shot , July 8, 2009 11:21 PM
    Try benchmarking the SSD in a used state then report back the read/write speeds relative to the brand new speeds.
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    rhys216 , July 8, 2009 11:46 PM
    One-shot you are a bit out of date and are a few firmware updates behind.
    FW 1.3 now has internal defrag similar to the x25-m but the Vertex also has the use of TRIM which restores performance back to pretty much 100% which is much more efficient than internal defrag methods.
    Please do some 'actual' research before spreading mis-info!
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    doomtomb , July 9, 2009 12:13 AM
    OCZ has been working like a dog with these SSDs now. New ones literally each month. Now when are they going to make them CHEAPER. $409 for 128GB of space X_X
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    redgarl , July 9, 2009 12:32 AM
    I really want one... but I really need at least 200GB...

    I will wait next year, the price and the technology will be finally available in 3.5 inch drive.
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    mindless728 , July 9, 2009 2:40 AM
    ^get a ssd and another hdd (if laptop, external laptop drive 500GB)
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    enewmen , July 9, 2009 3:10 AM
    ^ I for example need a 256GB SSD AND a 1TB magnetic data drive. Currently I have a 74GB Raptor boot + 500GB data drive, but I see the boot drive getting full fast with applications. Just thinking of the future when applications comes in Blu-Ray media and the OS needs 24gigs just for the hibernation file.
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