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Test Setup And Benchmarks

The OCZ Vertex 2 Conspiracy: Lost Space, Lost Speed?
Test Hardware
Intel Core i7-980X (Gulftown) 3.33 GHz @ 3.73 GHz, LGA 1366, 6.4 GT/s QPI, 12 MB Shared L3, Hyper-Threading enabled, Power-savings enabled
Asus Rampage III Formula (LGA 1366) Intel X58/ICH10R, BIOS 0505
Kingston 6 GB (3 x 2 GB) DDR3-2000, KHX2000C8D3T1K3/6GX @ 8-8-8-24 and 1.65 V
Hard Drive
OCZ RevoDrive X2  240 GB OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0240, PCI Express x4 (system drive)

OCZ Vertex 2 120 GB OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G, SATA 3Gb/s (34 nm NAND, 32 Gb DDP devices)

OCZ Vertex 2 120 GB OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G, SATA 3Gb/s (25 nm NAND, 64 Gb devices)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 1 GB
Power Supply
Cooler Master UCP-1000 W
System Software And Drivers
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectX 11
Graphics DriverNvidia GeForce 260.99
Performance MeasurementsCrystalDiskMark 3.0 x64, set to read and write random data to drive
PCMark Vantage
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2008.08.18, default configuration, not reading/writing random data
File server Benchmark, Web server Benchmark, Database Benchmark, Workstation Benchmark
Streaming Reads, Streaming Writes
4 KB Random Reads, 4 KB Random Writes

Even more so than in a typical review, any difference between our two test drives has to be taken very seriously, since we're going to be drawing definitive conclusions on what OCZ is doing with its Vertex 2 drives. So, we're starting with a secure erase of each configuration and running all of the aforementioned tests via script in a specific order using very precise timing. To the greatest extent possible, the results we glean from the script are consequently comparable.

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