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titleEarlier this year I had the chance to visit the OCZ offices. While being shown the offices I could sense the excitement. At that time they finally had the Indilinx crew in the office and they were very excited about how having an in house NAND Controller and firmware production would change the future of OCZ’s SSD business. The first drive that Indilinx had a hand in was the OCZ Vertex 4. Today we are going to put the Vertex 4 to the test in our new benchmark suite along with a few other SATA 3 drives to see how they perform. I hope that the same excitement that I saw in the OCZ offices will equal top notch performance from their current flagship SSD. 

Product Name: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB

Review Sample Provided by: OCZ

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

 

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Specifications

Physical

Usable Capacities (IDEMA)

64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB

NAND Components

2Xnm Synchronous Multi-Level Cell (MLC)

Interface

SATA III / 6Gbps (backwards compatible with SATA II / 3Gbps)

Form Factor

2.5 Inch

NAND Controller

Indilinx Everest 2

DRAM Cache

Up to 1GB

Dimensions (L x W x H)

99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3 mm

Reliability/Protection

MTBF

2 million hours

Data Path Protection

ECC corrects up to 128 random bits/1KB

Data Encryption

256-bit AES-compliant, ATA Security Mode Features

Product Health Monitoring

Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) Support

Environmental

Power Consumption

Idle: 1.3 W    Active: 2.5 W

Operating Temperature

0°C ~ 70°C

Ambient Temperature

0°C ~ 55°C

Storage Temperature

-45°C ~ 85°C

Shock Resistance

1500G

Compatibility

Serial ATA (SATA)

Fully compliant with Serial ATA International Organization: Serial ATA Revision 3.0. 
Fully compliant with ATA/ATAPI-8 Standard Native Command Queuing (NCQ)

Operating System

Windows XP 32-bit /64-bit; Windows Vista 32-bit / 64-bit; Windows 7 32-bit / 64-bit; Linux; Mac OS X

Additional Features

Performance Optimization

TRIM (requires OS support), dynamic and static wear-leveling, background garbage collection, Indilinx nDurance 2.0 Technology to extend SSD lifespan

Other Performance Features

Ndurance 2.0 Technology (Reduced Write Amplification without Compression, Advanced Multi-Level ECC, Adaptive NAND Flash Management)

Service & Support

5-Year Warranty, Toll-Free Tech Support, 24 Hour Forum Support


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