OCZ Technology Vertex series 120GB SSD Review update

Posted 18 March 2009 20:33 CEST by Wendy Robertson


It is not often that you get something extra for nothing in this world. The fact that the OCZ Technology Vertex series of SSD drives are firmware upgradable is a big bonus. Vertex firmware 1199 adds faster sequential writing speeds to an already very impressive SSD drive, and this is not the end of the story. OCZ Technology have future firmware updates for the Vertex series of drives in the pipeline, which may add new features to the drive, and perhaps further performance enhancements.

The fact that OCZ Technology have managed to improve sequential read/write performance to the Vertex series of drives, without having to sacrifice IOP performance and random writing performance of small files is really quite an achievement.

So how does the new firmware 1199 feel to use when the OCZ Technology Vertex is used as a system drive with an operating system installed and running from the drive?

Well, it's still as slick and as stable as the original Vertex shipping firmware. There is no great feeling that the drive is faster as an operating system drive. But the superior sequential read/write performance will prove useful for transferring larger files to and from the Vertex series drive or when editing large video files, and there may also be a boost to application loading times.

If you wish to upgrade the firmware on your OCZ Technology Vertex series SSD drive, then please visit OCZ Technology's support forum for flashing instructions and the firmware update files.

You may discuss this review below, or in the this forum thread.


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OCZ Announce Ultra High Performance Climax™ SSD (Korea----April 1, 2009) OCZ, a leading maker of Solid State Drives, announced their latest product: Climax™ Solid State Drives, with a peak transfer rate of 12.8GB/s read and write speeds. Using the patented Wongdong™ controller introduced by Jong-il, Inc. a custom SSD controller design house based in Korea, lagging write speeds that plagued MLC and SLC SSDs are a thing of the past. The new drive features sustained read and write speed of approximately 8 Gigabits per second, 50 times the read speed, and over 70 times the write speed of previous generation MLC based SSDs. “OCZ is the industry’s leader in SSD technology, we are proud to have them as our customer for Wongdong™ controllers. Our controller outperforms every other consumer grade controller on the market with its patented Bakaru™ memory management system. Jagiyya OCZ!”. Dr. Yongban Kim, CEO of Jong-il, Inc. OCZ’s exclusive new technology enabled a special memory cell architecture that has no changes in performance throughout its life. Whatever it tests at on day 1 will be what the drive will perform at up to the end of its life. The drive offers virtually unlimited life, with a MTBF of over 1 million hours, and unlimited write cycles per cell. Climax™ offers its own independent back up power supply, featuring a 200 watt hour lithium polymer battery that powers an internal auxiliary data backup and storage device** that automatically loads the data upon startup and shutdown, or in the event of power interruption, stores all the data on the SSD in a secured subsystem until power is restored. Climax™ is now available in 256GB, 500GB, and 1TB sizes on the PCIe X16 3.0 bus.* About OCZ Technology OCZ Technology Group, a member of JEDEC, designs, develops and manufactures ground-breaking, high performance memory and computer components that set industry standards. OCZ products are the first choice for users needing high-reliability, ultra-high performance solutions. In 2007, PC Power & Cooling and Hypersonic PC were brought into the OCZ Technology Group, forming a well-rounded, highly innovative organization that places the company at the forefront of high-end computing. All of OCZ Technology Group's products are available through its worldwide network of distributors, online resellers and retail stores. For more information visit our website at www.ocztechnology.com * OCZ Climax™ SSDs features semiconductor memories manufactured by Samsung, Inc.. (PN: M392B1K73BM1) ** Auxiliary data backup and storage device manufactured by Hitachi, Inc. (PN: B001Q9EKU0) *** Wongdong™ is a registered trademark of Jong-il, Inc., Korea. **** Bakaru™ is a registered trademark of Jong-il, Inc., Korea.
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