REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
It wasn’t so long ago that asynchronous NAND flash memory was introduced to the consumer strictly from a value standpoint and SSD enthusiasts stood their ground; they felt it was a step in the wrong direction. In fact, the industry has definitely moved away from the value of performance to that of value in an effort to introduce the consumer to solid state drives.
There just had to be a way to make SSDs mainstream as that would be a definite benefit to all. It seems that we have lost touch with the ideal that there is a definite need for a ‘work horse’ SSD capable of a heavy workload, the type of workload we see in the manipulation and movement of files that consist of highly incompressible data, these being movies, music and photographs. And then came the Vertex 4, an ‘Indilinx Infused’ SSD pushing forward the Indilinx Everest 2 platform.
Our testing of two separate capacities of the Vertex 4 showed that, with this new SSD entry, there may be some fine tuning of the SSDs ability to move highly compressible data necessary or, there just may be incompatibility with PCMark Vantage and HDTune Pro. As much as we haven’t experienced similar with any other SSD prior, other programs such as ATTO Disk BenchMark, Anvil Storage Utilities and Crystal DiskMark seem to negate the low results of both of these programs. In fact, the HDTune Pro Benchmark results contradicted the results of HDTune File Benchmark which was very odd.
Regardless, we saw something in the Vertex 4 that we haven’t seen from any other SSD to date and that is the performance of a true workhorse. The AS SSD Total Point scoring of both Vertex 4 capacities is the highest we have seen and the AS SSD Benchmark result of the 512GB Vertex 4 was the best we have seen. High sequential read and write transfer speeds of over 450MB/s, a low 4k random result of 115MB/s, incredible disk access speeds of 0.05ms read and 0.02ms write along with equally high IOPS result for both read and write access are not going to be surpassed anytime soon.
As further support, OCZ Technology is standing by the Vertex 4 with a five year warranty and manufacturerss suggested retail pricing is listed at $179 for the 128GB, $349 for the 256GB and $699 for the 512GB capacity. These are excellent opening day prices, especially when we consider the performance and the fact that the Vertex 4 has an industry leading five year warranty.
Last but not least, I wanted to address everyday use as even I would have thought that seeing such a low PCMark Vantage score would impact on this. Both of these SSDs are in our main rigs and I am compiling this review with the 512GB installed. If there is any performance deviation whatsoever as Vantage might suggest, I certainly can’t see it. The Vertex 4 hits the mark in performance (and then some), warranty, availability and price and I might be out on a ledge here folks but I am standing by it.