OCZ are certainly onto a winner with their Vertex 2 drive, thanks to the implementation of the Sandforce 2 controller. When we directly compare to any other solitary SSD configuration it is at the top, or close to the top of the pile.
With regards to performance there is certainly nothing lacking, the read performance is excellent and the write performance is class leading … this would mean very noticeable real world benefits within heavy multitasking environments.
All this comes with a caveat, as in the United Kingdom right now the cheapest we have seen the drive on sale is around the £270 mark (inc vat) which means it is rather expensive. The Sandforce controller is the driving force for the pricing, as all these units are still wallet sapping. For less money you can get the original Vertex which offers 20gb+ more storage. As always, ultimate performance comes with a hefty premium.
Importantly, real world performance shines – the boot times are some of the quickest we have seen and you will never be waiting long for applications to load and large files to save to the flash memory.
Everything considered we can easily recommend the Vertex 2 100GB drive, it delivers some of the best performance on the market right now, but just be prepared to pay more for the class leading controller. At the time of writing, UK resellers have 100GB OCZ Vertex 2 drive around £285 inc vat.
KitGuru says: If you aren’t so picky about ultimate performance or don’t need something so large, then be sure to check out the OCZ Vertex Limited Edition 50GB drive which retails for £140 in the UK right now. Its quite cheap and cheerful.
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