OCZ Vertex 2 120GB SSD Reviewajmatson - June 10, 2010
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
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With solid state drives becoming more and more popular, gamers and enthusiasts are using them to squeeze as much performance out of their systems as they can. To keep up with the demand for speed, manufacturers are testing new hardware and technology to give the users what they want. A lot of the fading SSD drives were using the aging Indilix Barefoot Controller, which, while it was a tried and true technology, the times are changing. Some manufacturers are switching to a newer controller designed to push the limits even further, while providing newer technologies to further the solid state drive. This new controller is made by a company called SandForce and the design of the controller is definitely catching the eye of many SSD manufacturers, including OCZ. OCZ is using this new controller in their newest Vertex series, which is dubbed the Vertex 2. The Vertex 2 series is designed for maximum performance for the mainstream and performance sector and comes in sizes varying from 50GB to 480GB in capacity. While I have your interest, let's take a better look at the OCZ Vertex 2 SSD and this new controller.
The OCZ Vertex 2 came packaged in a nice little box that just fitted around the drive, reducing waste and bulk. On the front of the package is a picture of the drive as well as the capacity, in this case 120GB, and some of the specifications. On the back of the package there is a more detailed list of the specifications and the features of the Vertex 2. Some of the key points of the Vertex 2 are that it is a high performance design with MLC Flash Technology, has TRIM support, and is RAID capable.
Opening the package gives you a protective insert which is designed to protect the drive as much as possible by encasing it in foam. This protective design ensures that your new purchase arrives in perfect factory condition with no damage. Included with the Vertex 2 drive is the 2.5" to 3.5" converting bracket, which allows you to mount the drive into your desktop chassis, the mounting screws, information guide, and a sticker that states "My SSD is faster than your HDD".
Now that we have the Vertex 2 out of the packaging, we can get a better look at the drive casing and internals.