Progress is made from equal parts inspiration, perspiration and subversion. All great ideas start as rogue thoughts, beyond the paradigm of the current, but eventually that idea becomes the status quo and it must be crushed to make way for the next great innovation; that is the natural cycle of progress. In terms of solid state drives, we have seen SandForce controllers rise toward market domination, mainly because of the affordability they present, at a time when SSDs were beyond most users’ budgets. Rapidly dropping SSD prices are changing the storage landscape once again, however, and the world is ready for a fresh new idea to take over.
After OCZ acquired Indilinx in early 2011, industry insiders were abuzz with the possibilities that could come down the pike. A year later, OCZ’s ownership of Indilinx properties means that they are in a unique position where they don’t have to rely on SandForce controllers for their mainstream line. Fusing Marvell silicon and Indilinx firmware, the result is the next generation Vertex 4 SSD.
The OCZ Vertex 4 is the latest addition to the award-winning Vertex family utilizing an Indilinx-infused Everest 2 platform. The OCZ Vertex 4 uses dual Arm controller architecture for leading speed and reliability. The OCZ Vertex 4 is also equipped with Ndurance 2.0 technology for advanced NAND flash management and long-life reliability, able to withstand many read and write cycles. OCZ offers the Vertex 4 in capacities ranging from 64GB through 512GB with up to 550 MB/s sequential reads and up to 85,000 random write IOPS. OCZ backs the Vertex 4 with an industry-leading 5-year warranty, higher than any SSD OCZ has ever released.