Earlier today, Anandtech announced his receipt of a tip, and confirmation that OCZ Vertex 4 and Octane contain controllers that are Marvell hardware based.
After contacting OCZ, we received confirmation of such and this was furthered by the fact that the Marvell controller runs at higher clock speeds and features Indilinx proprietary firmware.
When push comes to shove, the OCZ Everest platform is based on Marvell hardware.
Development of this platform, as the Kilimanjaro platform, is accomplished through a partnership between OCZ and Marvell that has resulted in one of the best performing SSDs we have seen yet while testing highly incompressible data such as movies, music and photographs.
I am going to throw on the old flak vest and speak my mind on this one folks. To me, I don’t personally care who creates one of the best SSDs on the market today so long as it is created. As much as there will always be ‘haters’, where would we be right now without those companies pushing the line in the sand? SSD technology would be no where near where it is now and, yes there have been a few casualties along the way. Advance is no different for any technology.
With respect to the Vertex 4, I don’t think there is anyone that knows anything about SSDs that would deny that, with a little tweaking and a firmware update, this just may be the front runner in the race by a mile. Throw in availability, value and a five year warranty and this drive will sell like hotcakes. After all, has anyone seen overall benchmark scores better than this yet?
The OCZ Octane, released a few months back, is also the Everest 1 platform which means that it is also Marvell based. It seems to have a solid reputation since release. Maybe that’s a good thing then…check back for daily SSD steals!