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OCZ Demonstrates New Vertex 4 SSD at CeBIT 2012

As discussed in early January, OCZ Technology revealed its second generation Indilinx Everest 2 controller at CES 2012. At CeBIT 2012, we get to see the Indilinx Everest 2 controller in action with the new Vertex 4. The Vertex series has been OCZ Technology's performance-based SSD and, based on list specifications, the trend continues with the Vertex 4. The Vertex 4 utilizes a 2.5-inch form factor SATA 6.0 Gb/s interface with Synchronous MLC NAND Flash memory. According to OCZ, the Vertex 4 is expected to have transfer speeds of up to 550 MB/s and up to 90,000 IOPS 4k random reads.

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During CeBIT, OCZ demonstrated the performance Vertex 4 which showed sequential read/write speeds of 366.94 MB/s and 305.26 MB/s and up to 80,000 IOPS for 4k random reads. This is lower than the listed specifications for the drive but a quick look at AS SSD Benchmark's screen shot shows it is running in IDE mode and it is unclear on what SATA controller, as well (Intel, Marvell... etc.). I would expect the final consumer released version to match or be closer to the specified specifications.

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With Vertex 4 switching to the Indilinx Everest 2 controller, it shows OCZ Technology is making the final switch from a SandForce controller to its own controller for its consumer based SSDs. There is no information on the expected release date but we are looking forward to getting our hands on the new Vertex 4 and putting it through our benchmarks.

  • cknobman
    OCZ is like the "General Motors" of SSD's. Use cheap components gussied up to look nice with a bunch of crap marketing. Consumers buy their new shiny toy only to realize a very short while later that they really bought cheap crap.
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  • alex3064
    caught up to 830
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  • burnley14
    I'm ignorant on the full specification list, but it seems like this will only be marginally better than the Vertex 3 line. Not worth paying for a full upgrade anyway.
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  • willard
    Will be interesting to see if their Everest II controller can match Sandforce. Other than that, SSDs have totally stagnated. Wake me up when SATA IV is available and we can start seeing actual performance gains in consumer drives again.
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  • scook9
    This should have LSI/SandForce a little worried.... OCZ was pretty much the sandforce champion in the market
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  • mikeangs2004
    The Indilinx Barefoot Eco SSD (Adata Nobility) is down to 70% after a year of use. This means it will not last very long.
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  • shqtth
    Why call it vertex 4? When I think Vertex i think BSOD

    Why not call it Octane 2?
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  • izmanq
    :( why go faster, current SSD is already a lot lot lot faster than traditional hard drive, while we need something that a lot lot lot cheaper :D

    these days, there are no longer company that think for consumer need, they only think how to maximize profit :(
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  • Device Unknown
    I believe they should be focusing on capacity at a marginal price not performance. SSD's above 120Gb are still out of reach for most consumers. When a company starts releasing 512Gb SSD's for around $400 USD, then that's the company I will support.
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  • phump
    The specified specifications? Really?
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