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The OCZ Vertex Series is an internal 2.5" Solid State SATA II hard drive that comes in 30GB, 60GB, 120GB and 250GB capacities.

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250MB/sec read - 160mb/sec write with 250GB version

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230MB/sec read - 135mb/sec write

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Seek time less than 0.1ms

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lower power consumption than mechanical drive alternatives

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First drive to use Barefoot SSD controller made by Indilinx

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popular alternative to the more expensive Intel options

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64MB onboard cache

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newer firmwares support TRIM, impressive garbage collection / automatic de-fragmentation

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physically resilient - can take many times the shock of a mechanical drive, even while being used

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much faster than mechanical drives - saves wasted time, battery life etc...

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frequent firmware updates

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MLC NAND design

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Cons

high prices (in general, as well as in comparison to other Indilinx based drives)

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high price per GB and much lower capacities than mechanical drives

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has recently lost price/performance ground to the new 34nm mainstream Intel offerings

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unrefined technology in all its gory glory - only for enthusiasts who enjoy being on the bleeding edge

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The OCZ Vertex Series is an internal 2.5" Solid State SATA II hard drive that comes in 30GB, 60GB, 120GB and 250GB capacities. Released in early 2009, the Vertex is the first to use a new Barefoot SSD controller which has improved efficiency and reduced lag. The read/write speeds are 230MB per second and 135MB per second respectively for the 30GB version, and 250MB/sec and 160MB/sec for the 250GB version. RAID 0 (striped) support is also featured which allows you to run multiple drives together and have them recognized as one drive. These work equally well in desktop and laptop computers and are becoming more and more popular with the latter, owing to their indestructible design and super-fast, noiseless and not mention low power consuming construction. They have been rated at 1.5 million hours MTBF (mean time before failure) and come with a three year company warranty.

Features
  • 30GB, 60GB, 120GB and 250GB capacity
  • Seek Time: less than 0.1ms
  • 64MB onboard cache
  • MLC NAND technology
  • Dimensions: 99.8 X 69.63 X 9.3mm
  • Weight: 77g
  • Shock resistant to 1500G
  • RAID 0 support
  • 1.5 million hour MTBF (mean time before failure)
Model Variations
  • 30GB   
    • Read: Up to 230 MB/s      
    • Write: Up to 135MB/s      
    • Sustained Write: Up to 80MB/s
  • 60GB     
    • Read: Up to 230 MB/s      
    • Write: Up to 135MB/s      
    • Sustained Write: Up to 70MB/s
  • 120GB     
    • Read: Up to 250 MB/s      
    • Write: Up to 180MB/s      
    • Sustained Write: Up to 100MB/s
  • 250GB    
    • Read: Up to 250 MB/s      
    • Write: Up to 160MB/s      
    • Sustained Write: Up to 100MB/s
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