OCZ Vertex 120GB SSD review
Author: Vedran Dakic
Date: 04 Mar 2009

SSD's have been around the block for quite awhile now, coming from the age of complete unaforrdable-ness to the age where it's actually normal to buy a laptop with one - at least so you can install your system on them. Read and write speeds came up with developments of NAND flash technology and recently, those speeds have been far more superior then whatever the good old hard drives can offer. Even with top-notch hard drives used as a reference point, the picture is clear - SSD's are the way to go for the future. Vertex is just another proof of that concept - it's freakishly fast and there are no drives on the market that can touch its speed. Let's see how fast it actually is...

As a very-well known memory company, OCZ has grown considerably over the past few years, moving from good old Platinum Rev.2 memory raved by overclocking enthusiasts to a time where OCZ is close to providing a full solution for any kind of user, desktop or mobile. And with acquisition of PC Power and Cooling and Hypersonic, that vision has been put into life even more. You could argue that they're missing some of the components for their systems to be a complete OCZ solution, but at this time of recession, they're one of the few companies that are able to maintain or improve their market shares and sales. Most of the memory manufacturers are really in trouble with declining memory/flash prices and market being slow even without the "beginning of the year" rationale. Moving from memory to PSU's and cooling, brief stopover at VGA's, a lot of flash products and acquisition of these two companies, it was clear that the next market to conquer was - SSD market, that's booming heavily in the past months. Of course, being a premium-brand company, this is kind of expected but there's a lot more here - what we as press expect from OCZ is always the same thing - strive and fight to be the best, no matter what it takes to develop a product. And they've been able to do so in the past couple of years with a very good track record, as well...

First SSD's that came to the market were a bit sluggish and you can't say that they were widely adopted, but a couple of things happened in the meantime - growing market need for flash memory, and further adoption of the flash memory via some cool products - for example iPods, iPhones, USB thumb drives - all of these products made it possible for an expensive technology (at the beginning) to become more affordable in a very short period of time. Especially if you take a look at the fact that most advanced technologies really take time to be accepted by end users. Months have passed, and SSD's have grown both as a market but also on a more "maturity" level, with first SSD's having a lot of problems with controllers to deliver any kind of performance, to these SSD's today that are really insanely fast and delivering unprecented levels of performance. And well above anything the regular hard drives are able to deliver. Yes, it's gonna take some time for SSD's to grow as a market to a level where they're a direct competition to HDD's. But at this point in time, if nothing else, they're a perfect solution to all problems that are not capacity-related, therefor making them a perfect solution for your system and application drive. System boots faster, application load times have decreased by a mile and all of these things bring smile to your face, and even if you didn't care about this before, you kind of start caring. Especially if you play around with SSD's for a limited amount of time and then go back to your regular hard drive usage. There's no question about it, SSD's are already so much faster...

 
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