OCZ Vertex 2 100GB Solid State Drive Review
Recently we had the privilege to take a long hard look at the very fist SandForce-based Solid State Drive to pass through our hands and we walked away very impressed. However, there was one Sandforce SF-1200 drive that us and everyone else was clamoring to get their hands on: the OCZ Vertex 2. Today we are going to see if the Vertex 2 is worthy of such a lofty status in the enthusiast community of if it is just another Sandforce-based drive.
OCZ really needs no introduction as they are one of the major players in the Solid State arena, with a lineup that is currently unmatched by any one else. No matter what your price range or set of priorities are they have a drive to meet your needs. It seems that while every one else is playing catch up, OCZ are out in front innovating their collective butts off. Much like the last go-around where they helped make Indilinx a household name in enthusiast circles this time they were one of the first (if not the first) company to showcase a SandForce-based SSD.
As with the Indilinx drives, OCZ branded SandForce drives boast custom firmware which you can only get with OCZ. This firmware is supposed to feature increased IOPS performance and could give this drive an edge over the competition. We will see exactly what this means to you the end user but for the time being, better firmware is a significant advantage and may indeed be unbeatable. It certainly will be interesting to peek under the hood and see if OCZ has done any hardware tweaks to go along with the software changes.
Since this is an OCZ drive, finding the Vertex 2 will be extremely easy as most retailer and e-tailers which cater to the enthusiast market. However, make no mistake about it: this is an enthusiast orientated solid state drive and it has a price to match. This means the second generation Vertex retails for approximately what the it’s forefather did when it was released with the 100GB going for about $410. We have seen Mail In Rebates bring this price down even further to an amazing $390, but even at that price $3.90 (plus tax) per GB does firmly plant the Vertex 2’s feet in the realm of the enthusiast consumer.
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