Normally when I am doing research for new parts for a computer I
rarely come across one that impresses me to where I buy the part not only
for the work I am doing but for myself.
When this drive was introduced the price was over $300, I did an
upgrade for a customer and one of the specifications was a SSD with
the read and write speed that is close to a hard drive with the
capacity of over 100 GB.
I decided on this SSD over three other candidates because the
overall speed was higher and the cost was with in reason for the
At this time this Solid State Drive will cost you just under $0.95
per GB, for a SSD that is very good considering a 1 TB SSD will cost you
over $1.50 per GB.
The Vertex 120 GB SSD by OCZ specifications:
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I have had this
Vertex drive in my tower computer for over six
months with out any issues at all.
When I bought it the price was a little over $120 with shipping so
it worked out to be $1.00 per GB, that for me is cost effective.
Because Microsoft is dropping support for XP soon I decided to
install my XP Operating Systems once again, get all the Service Packs
up to date then reload all my apps. (And make images of each partition
for my backup, an all day process but has to be done!)
The Vertex SSD did not hesitate one time during two installs of XP.
I timed the installs and it took just under half an hour which is the
same for a mechanical hard drive for a fresh install from CD.
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The chart above has a couple of interesting numbers in the
The read speed is 530 MBPS and the write speed is 420
MBPS (Mega Bits Per Second) that is ten times faster than the older
first generation SSD's such as the OCZ 32GB and four times faster than
OCZ 64 GB that I have installed in my laptops.
Another specification that is noticeable is the power
consumption, it is lower than most other current SSD's on the
market. Although I am using this in a tower computer it would be
better utilized in a laptop where low power consumption is important
when operating on battery power.
I rate this drive a 9 out of 10...
Nine because it is big enough to have multiple Operating Systems as
a boot drive. It is almost as fast as a normal hard drive with out the
noise. This drive is worth considering if you are upgrading your
computer's start up drive. The limiting factor in this rating is the support from the
OCZ does NOT support their drives once they go out of warranty.
Although the warranty period is three years my OCZ 64 GB failed at
just over four years, that is a long way from 1.5 Million hours! If
your drive fails you will have to either find a SSD repair facility or
buy another SSD. They do offer BIOS (firmware) updates for some
of their drives.
Because of this I am giving OCZ a 4 out of 10 rating, if your drive
fails after the warranty period you will not get it fixed by OCZ (who
has the parts to fix your SSD) and the cost to fix a SSD is more than
buying a new drive with the same capacity.
As with most cases of older products you do get "more bang for your
buck" by not purchasing the latest and greatest.
Note: Why did I buy the 120 GB from OCZ after the problems with the
64 GB OCZ SSD? Because the failure was self induced (I
defragged the drive - DO NOT defrag a SSD!) not a physical
failure, I still think that OCZ's support is lacking but the physical
materials in their products is very high. After six+ years the
original four 32 GB SSD drives I have in laptops are still
operational, three run 24/7 in servers.