OCZ Vertex 4 256GB Reviewccokeman -
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In the world of computing, everyone likes a computer that can start up and shut down quickly. The ability to boot into your system as fast as possible allows you to start the tasks you set out to do that much more quickly. Not to mention the older you get, the greater the chance is that you'll forget what you wanted to use the computer for in the first place! The sweet spot is about 30 seconds or less. It is possible with conventional hard drives, though very difficult to attain this "golden" 30-second time. This time should be easier to attain with the speed of an SSD, but the only way to tell is to test it. To run these tests, I used a stopwatch to calculate the number of seconds it took from pressing the power button on the case, to having a fully-functioning desktop. For the shut down test, I began timing from the click of the shut down button in the start menu, and stopped when the system power was off completely.
Again much like the Everest equipped OCZ Octane, the Vertex 4 delivers identical Windows startup and shutdown times. In this age of instant on mobile electronics the time it takes to get into the operating system is becoming more critical. At 26 seconds to the desktop from a cold boot you are really pushing the limits of the interfaces at this point. Shut down times are constant at 4 seconds with all of the Solid State Drives.