Vertex 4 128GB Review
Today at BenchX we are happy to announce another SSD we will be testing. Here we have the Vertex 4 128GB which is the latest member of the Vertex family joining the market.
OCZ supplied this sample, thank you for that !
The SSD comes with a Indilinx Everest 2 controller. If you remember well Indilinx was bought by OCZ in 2011 and this is the first controller to hit the market after the deal came through. It uses 16 MLC sync NANDs from Intel and 2x256MB of RAM at 1333 by Hynix.
It was interesting to find out that OCZ is using a thermal pad to make contact between the Indilinx control chip and the SSD’s metal back.
By the manufacturer ( OCZ ) these are the specs:
- Max Read: up to 560MB/s
- Max Write: up to 430MB/s
- Random Write 4KB: 85,000 IOPS
- Random Read 4K: 90,000 IOPS
- IOPS Máximos: 120,000 IOPS
About the firmware
One of the things worth mentioning about this SSD is that successful firmware updates, being the latest version 1.4 and 1.5 (with which we tested our SSD) have brought meaningful performance boosts to the table.
As we all know it doesn’t exist such a thing as free meals, performance boosts come from some tweaks OCZ implemented on the garbage collector, those were based upon OCZ own testing and and user usage patterns collected over time. The end result was a performance boost when the SSD sits over 50% of free capacity, which will come back to normal levels once such barrier is broke.
As this subject attracts a big interest we will be testing it cautiously, the end game is to measure how noticeable this impact really is.
- ASUS Maximus V Gene
- Samsung SFF 30nm 2200Mhz 9-11-11-22 1.55v
- 2x AMD HD7970
Our goal is to test SSDs as close as possible to the “real world”. Giving you, our dear readers, a global idea of how it will perform in your own system. This approach will, as well, give you an idea whether or not you are taking the best performance from your system.
Based upon the previously stated facts we will be taking our results from the following benchmarks:
- Windows 7 SP1 64Bits
- Anvil Pro RC5
- AS SSD Benchmark
- ATTO Benchmark
- CrystalDiskMark 3
- PCMark 7 [System Drive]
After each test the system is left idling for at least 30min to give TRIM time to act.
Anvil Pro RC5
AS SSD Benchmark
PCMark 7 [System Drive]
Comparison with Anvil Pro
We consider Anvil Pro the most complete benchmark therefore we will be using it to compare all the SSDs we test
First of all I can not go by without mentioning this is the natural step for OCZ, releasing a SSD built around an in-house controller. Everyone can see the net results which I consider really positive.
On a second hand I would like to talk about the firmware, after analyzing results published by other websites I was expecting a steeper drop in performance after the 50% full barrier was broke whilst a drop in performance was observed it wasn’t nowhere as big as we were expecting it to be. Therefore in my opinion this newly release firmwares were a huge step forward.
About the price which comes around 110€. Although it is lower then 1€/GB it doesn’t place the Vertex 4 as one of the lowered priced SSDs. But let’s not forget that its performance comes as above average.
Talking about performance, numbers impose some respect. Despite we haven’t been able to achieve the announced read speeds, coming around 100MB/s short. Looking at Anvil Pro we can see that IOPS come short on readings and they deliver on writes, I just can’t go by without mentioning the values we have see here today are some of the highest on the market! Due to the controller not using any kind of compression algorithm this SSD will have the same performance no matter the kind of files we throw at it, which comes as a nice advantage in our point of view. Looking at performance numbers we can say this SSD is one of the best to be used as a system drive given its almost symmetrical reads and writes, excellent performance in small files and small queue depths which are germane for such task.
In the end we have before us a good SSD with good performance whichever file type we use on it, excellent performance in both small files and small queue depths. In our opinion it lacks some better sequential read and write speeds to make this a 100% complete. In my opinion the vertex 4 is a nice upgrade for any system.