Solid State Drives are known for there incredible access times and massive sustained write speeds. A single SandForce controller-based SSD can push the limits of the SATA II interface. This leads to faster Windows boot times, application loading and a snappier desktop feel. OCZ Vertex 2 drives were among the first to bring the SF-1200 to the enthusiast community and have received numerous commendations as a result. The OCZ Vertex 2 60GB review was enough to make this reviewer take a RAID0 Velociraptor set up and install it into older, slower PCs, because a modern system should not be hung up on dated storage technology.
If a single SSD is enough to knock the socks off of a jaded enthusiast, what would five OCZ Vertex 2 40GB drives do?
With laces double knotted and belt cinched tight, these 5 drives are connected to a second generation Intel Core i7 computer and run through the paces to find out exactly what they will do.
The 40GB variant (OCZSSD2-2VTX40G) of the OCZ Vertex 2 SSDs produce almost the same blistering speed as the larger drives in its family. Producing 280 and 270 MBps read and write speeds respectively, the true power of the OCZ drives comes from custom firmware capable of up to 45,000 IOPS. As with all drives in the Vertex 2 family the drives are extremely durable, capable of handling far worse operating environments than conventional storage systems. OCZ guarantees it with a 2 million hour MTBF and a 3 year warranty.
Founded in 2002, San Jose, California-based OCZ Technology Group, Inc. has built on its expertise in high-speed memory to become a dominant player in the manufacturing and distribution of solid state drives (SSDs), a disruptive, game-changing technology that is replacing traditional rotating magnetic hard disk drives (HDDs). SSDs are faster, more reliable, run cooler, and use significantly less power than the HDDs used in the majority of computers today. In addition to SSD technology, OCZ also offers high performance components for computing devices and systems, including enterprise class power management products as well leading edge computer gaming solutions.
The 40GB Vertex 2 drives outwardly appear just like the 60GB EX drive reviewed earlier. A black aluminum casing covers the top and sides, while a shiny aluminum plate holds the drive itself. The large glossy sticker on top of the drive shows the OCZ and Vertex 2 branding. The stickers on the bottom of the drive carry the usual warnings for hard drives, do not drop, do not press and also holds the model number and serial number for the drives.
The packaging is also identical to the rest of the Vertex 2 family. A sophisticated glossy package holds the flat black insert and uses stickers for the different drives in the series. The insert is designed for maximum space saving, so the 3.5” adapter fits into two slots helping to keep the insert closed on removal. Removing the adapter, we open it up to see the SSD nestled inside of its ESD bag cushioned by a velvety form.