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    Reviews - OCZ Vertex 120GB SSD - big and speedy

    OCZ's premier Vertex SSD is put under the test microscope. We evalute whether a £325 drive makes sense.
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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 120GB SSD - big and speedy

    Given that you *can* buy 4 / 5 high capacity mechnical drives for the same price, it might have been nice to see some figures in the benchmarks for, say, 4 1TB drives in a RAID0 array, as a comparison...

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 120GB SSD - big and speedy

    hardly a realistic scenario of real world usage though, who in their right mind would use that, maybe 1+0 over the four over raid 0 thats asking for trouble

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 120GB SSD - big and speedy

    Alright, RAID 5 then

    Would've been interesting perhaps, but at the end of the day latency is probably the biggest improvement you get with SSDs and RAID won't change that.

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 120GB SSD - big and speedy

    I think it would have been a very good idea to throw in a high-performance mechanical drive, like the 300GB velociraptor (or maybe two in RAID0) there for a side-by-side comparison, since it's not an uncommon scenario. Any chance of that now?
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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 120GB SSD - big and speedy

    I'll save you guys the trouble. I've had both the 1TB F1 raid 0 and vertex ssd raid and the first thing I'd recommend is NOT to raid SSDs if you backup your pc every week (not going to go into why sorry) BUT the 1 x vertex is SILENT! AND is FASTER in real terms than the raid when it comes to general pc use which means, for example, when you launch an adobe programme i.e. photoshop, after effects ect, the ssd boots in it about 2-3 times faster. THAT, by itself, makes me keen on seeing the mechanical HDDs DIE as a technology. Although if I was in the market for an ssd now I'd buy the faster and better 128GB samsung one @ £250 delivered from ebuyer

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 120GB SSD - big and speedy

    DO NOT BUY THIS DRIVE.

    Get the G.Skill Falcon, same guts, same/faster speeds, albeit cheaper then this .

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 120GB SSD - big and speedy

    I think the problem with testing several 1TB drives in RAID0, ignoring any reliability issues, is that they would excel in different things. I can see several mechanical drives improving sequential read/write to the extent where it best an SSD drive.

    Well, actually, that is the only places where I think would make a significant difference. For things like application loading, RAID-0 seem to improve things in a relatively minor manner.

    I wouldn't mind someone testing it out/proving me wrong (I've got no stake in this), but my money's still on the Vertex over 2xVelociraptor.

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 120GB SSD - big and speedy

    When (if) I ever get some free cash for upgrades, this is probably number one on the list after a new graphics card. The deal clincher for me for OCZ is the level of support and development for the firmware on their forums. I believe they are expecting the next firmware to be able to natively support W7's TRIM command, avoiding SSD slowdown over time.

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 120GB SSD - big and speedy

    Does the Summit series do something like that already? I seem to have read somewhere that the Summit and Vertex are overall very close to each other. The Vertex can be a bit faster, but the Summit has the advantage of retaining their performance better than the Vertex without trimming.

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 120GB SSD - big and speedy

    The samsung based SSD's don't support trim and are not user firmware updatable, due to the controller design I believe the used drive suffers less of a performance degradation but it is still there

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 120GB SSD - big and speedy

    Quote Originally Posted by GheeTsar View Post
    When (if) I ever get some free cash for upgrades, this is probably number one on the list after a new graphics card. The deal clincher for me for OCZ is the level of support and development for the firmware on their forums. I believe they are expecting the next firmware to be able to natively support W7's TRIM command, avoiding SSD slowdown over time.
    You can use OCZ firmware on a Gskill drive, as well as all the utilities like TRIM.

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