OCZ Vertex 4 SATA 3 SSD Review – Indilinx Infused and Game Changing Performance Results

TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL

Our evaluation today we rely on the use of our newest addition to The SSD Review, our new X79 Test Bench. A quick click on any picture in our report will bring up pictures of a higher resolution.

In testing, our main objective is to obtain results as pure and as accurate as possible and we want to ensure that no anomalies slip through. Simply put, we want to provide you with the absolute best results the tested hardware can provide. Repetition in testing is standard and, if necessary, we may conduct specific tests in Windows 7 safe mode to ensure the OS has little to no influence on the end result.

In order to validate and confirm our findings, testing is supported by industry accepted benchmark programs. All results are displayed through capture of the actual benchmark for better understanding of the testing process by the reader.

We would like to thank ASRock (Fatal1ty Extreme 7), Intel (Core i7-3820), Patriot (Viper Extreme), Corsair (600T/H80), OCZ (Fatal1ty PSU) and Be Quiet (Fans) for supporting the build of our X79 Test Bench.

BENCHMARKING  THE VERTEX 4

In first testing the Vertex 4 with PCMark Vantage and achieving such a questionable result, we considered that similarities may occur in other benchmark programs and we were right.  HDTune was another program where The Vertex 4 didn’t (and won’t) fare well and better proof couldn’t be found than in the 204MB/s transfer speed result of the HDTune Pro Benchmark.

This was a direct contrast to the next test, HDTune Pro File Bench, where transfer speeds above 400MB/s were shown in both read and write performance. If your eyesight is a bit weak as mine is, simply click on the charts for a high resolution shot.

We soon realized that the ‘Indilinx Infused’ Vertex 4 was not a fan of testing with highly compressible data but loved moving incompressible data, as in that of photographs, movies and music.  This was new.  There has never been an instance, that I am aware of, that an SSD did so well with incompressible data yet testing with compressible data ‘in specific programs’ suffered greatly.

In considering this, we went back to PCMark Vantage which, for all intensive purposes is, a program that utilizes eight typical user tests, most of which rely on highly compressible data once again.

Quite frankly, both Vertex 4 SSDs are now installed in my main systems and these numbers we see above are not at all indicative of the performance.  I feel confident that we have covered this sufficiently now so lets see just what the Vertex 4 family does right.

BENCHMARK SOFTWARE

The software we will be using for todays analysis are typical of many of our reviews and consist of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal DiskMark, AS SSD, Anvil Storage Utilities and, of course  PCMark Vantage and HDTune Pro that you see above.

These programs should do a great job in highlighting the performance of testing in both hichly compressible and incompressible date.  Much of the software is free and can be downloaded simply by clicking on the linked title.

CRYSTAL DISK INFO VER 3.9.3

Crystal Disk Info provides some excellent information about the SSD itself to include its health, product information, power on information as well as the characteristics of the SSD. We can see that the SSD is capable of TRIM as it is not greyed out as with APM and AAM. Once again, the results of this software are very simlar for both the 256 and 512GB SSDs so we chose to include the 512GB result.

20 comments

  1. Nice numbers but I’ll be waiting until after the first firmware rev comes out before diving in. The 512Gb pricing is very attractive and makes the V3 480 price look pretty ridiculous. I’ll be curious how these bad boys handle RAID 0.

  2. Great numbers, i think imma pick one up

    https://goo.gl/G2vxa

  3. “OCZ Technology is standing by the Vertex 4 with a five year warranty”
    “…the fact that the Vertex 4 has an industry leading four year warranty.

    So is it four or five?

    • It’s five, but either way 5 isn’t industry leading with Intel,Plextor, and OWC beating them to the 5 year warranty by a long time. This was surely a reaction to the upmarket brands offering two more years of coverage than everyone else.

      So it’s good, but it’s not industry-leading… that would be 5 years and 1 day of coverage ;).

    • Dooooh. My bad and fixed! It was a late night.

  4. Give the fw a few months and throw in some 24nm toggle and watch me pounce. 4 sho

  5. I like the specs on the 512GB version very much. If we can see above 550MB/s read and write on future releases then I will be truly impressed.

  6. Les,

    Have you heard of anyone working on a benchmark or test suite for SSDs in virtualized environments? Maybe VMware Workstation for the enthusiasts up to the vSphere 5 for the heavy-hitters. The increased write performance in the V4s should make these very attractive in such environments.

  7. I consider low performance on compressible data a bug and I hope OCZ will fix it with upcoming firmwares. If it’s not, this SSD isn’t so good. I don’t understand how it can perform so bad in PCMark. Compressible and incompressible data are both important for user.

  8. Hey Les, LOVE the site. I’m an amateur PC enthusiast (26 years old) and recently landed a killer job and I’m looking to blow my first few paychecks on an ultimate system. What type of SSD would you recommend? I was looking at the 256GB Revodrive 3 X2 (RVD3MIX2-FHPX4-240G, listed as 230,000 IOPS on newegg)… but would a couple of these bad boys raided together be better? I’m planning on building the system in May to coincide with the release of Diablo 3, the GTX 690, and possibly an Ivy bridge CPU.. (However, I like the X79 platform so I might stick with a 3930 for now…)

    Any recommendations? I’d love to hear your thoughts on 2x SSDs in Raid 0 vs a killer PCIE SSD.

    • The 3×2 definitely gives you the power you are looking for except it adds on about 10-15 seconds at initial boot. Myself, if I were going to RAID two SSDs right now, I might also consider the new Vertex 4, however, many would shy away simply because it is the new kid on the block.

      Gimme a price point that you want to stay within for this part of the build.

    • The 3×2 will definitely giev you the power you are looking for but it also adds a bit of time at boot for its bios. If I were to look at two ssds in a RAID config, I would seriously look at the new Vertex 4 but many might shy away because it is the new kid on the block…

      Tell you what…what is the abs max you want to spend on this part of your system?

      Oh and thank you for the compliment! Nice to hear I am not the only reading my words eheh.

      • I’d like to keep the total system below $3.5k… The 3×2 on newegg.ca was $829 and I guess I’d be okay with that if the performance advantage was justified. I’m only going to go with 1x GTX 690, and a 3930 instead of a 3960, so my budget isn’t exactly limitless, but I’m trying to gain enough knowledge in the meantime so that come May (when I buy/build my PC) I’ll get pretty much the best of everything without spending much more than $800 on a SDD.

        It seems like any way you slice it, a PCIE SSD (at least in the $800 range) is going to be faster/better and also cheaper than 2x raid SSD. I’ve heard about the boot time, I’m not really concerned with that. I’m also hoping that the super talents will be awesome and under $1k as well.

        I know for my needs, I’m just mostly going to be gaming/playing Diablo 3, I won’t need anywhere near a GTX690 or a 3×2 SDD lol 😛 But its still awesome, and I’m kindof leaning towards a pci-e just because of the awesome/cool factor. Sortof the same reason why I’m leaning towards the X79 as opposed to the new Ivy Bridge… quad channel memory + pcie 3.0 vs a “tick” in intel’s cycle… just feels like they’re going backwards. But I’ll make that decision in May….

  9. Are these good enough for SMB/SMEs, not just home enthusiasts? There is a mantra that anyone using non-Enterprise class SSDs in a 24/7 environment should be shot. But now I’m not so sure! I’m seriously considering populating a QNAP TS-879U-RP iSCSI SAN with 8 x Vertex 4s (6 in RAID10 and 2 as hot spares). This will be for a vSphere 5 VDI environment – very intense random workloads and roughly 60/40 reads to writes. I expect these drives to easily last 3-5 years, so even if I void the warranty by using them in an enterprise scenario, who cares? At this prices I can buy 3 for the price of a decent “enterprise-class” SSD. I really hope someone does some enterprise-class benchmarking (24/7 over maybe a week) soon.

    • Usually for deploying consumer SSDs into these environments adopters wait a period of time to ensure that there is a high level of reliability. The performance isn’t as important as the reliability. Since this SSD uses a proven Marvell controller, it should be fine, but should is a big word. Personally I would wait until the next firmware comes out to smooth out a few release errata before making a large investment. There will be the need for Overprovisioning to help keep performance steady. With a 20% OP these drives will probably remain very solid for a good period of time.
      Utilizing RAID 10 you are wisely mitigating any risk, so I feel that you would be taking a safely calculated risk.

  10. Hey guys. Check out my OCZ Vertex 4 speed test on YouTube. It shows my home PC’s boot up time, then I load a VDI environment running on Citrix XenApp and VMware Workstation.

    https://youtu.be/YrnIcudM7zo

    I’d welcome any comments, feedback or questions.

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