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When OCZ first introduced the Vertex SSD back in early 2009, consumers were just starting to learn what an SSD was and the early adopters who grabbed the popular (at the time) JMicron controlled drives were finding out that a lack of overprovisioning, TRIM and garbage collection were wrecking their performance over time. In steps the Vertex with the shiny new Indilinx Barefoot controller that quickly became very popular for a time - although it only supported TRIM out of the box using an OCZ supplied utility. They sold a ton of these and the Vertex really helped vault OCZ into the forefront of SSD producers. Many other drive makers jumped on board with Indilinx drives but it wasn't long before OCZ took a risk and departed from the Indilinx controller for both the Vertex 2 (SF-1222) and 3 (SF-2281) drives in favor of the upstart SandForce controllers. In March of 2011 OCZ purchased Indilinx and subsequently outed the Octane SSD, powered by the new Indilinx Everest controller, in December of the same year. It was a competitive first effort and we were looking forward to the next version. Last week, we received a pair of the Vertex 4 drives and weren't the least surprised to find that the line has come full circle back to their Indilinx roots with the Everest 2 controller. This should be fun.

First Time I've done this, tell me if I've done something wrong please smile.gif.

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Looks nice. Will not be upgrading my vertex 2 though.
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Wish they'd compared it to an M4...
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I still have a Vertex....but there already on four. frown.gif
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I still have a Vertex....but there already on four. frown.gif

I'm on their Onyx series... Which if I remember correctly is one of their first produced SSD's. I'm in need of an upgrade tongue.gif
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I'm on their Onyx series... Which if I remember correctly is one of their first produced SSD's. I'm in need of an upgrade tongue.gif

The Vertex 4 seems like a good way to go! thumb.gif Gotta wait for prices first though..
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It's kinda silly but the bump from a last-gen ssd to a newest gen ssd is hardly noticeable.

I just switched my boot drive from a substantially 'older' vertex to a new force gt drive, and i can't tell the tiniest bit of difference between the two.
    
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It's kinda silly but the bump from a last-gen ssd to a newest gen ssd is hardly noticeable.
I just switched my boot drive from a substantially 'older' vertex to a new force gt drive, and i can't tell the tiniest bit of difference between the two.

Most of the performance increase a SSD has over a spinning HD is coming from the instantaneous search times, higher end SSDs wont make much of a difference in this regard, but reads and writes will be faster.
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I'm on their Onyx series... Which if I remember correctly is one of their first produced SSD's. I'm in need of an upgrade tongue.gif

Nope... the Oynx is a half-channel Indilinx controller. It came out way after the Vertex (Indilinx) launched and matured.

Their Core series predates the Oynx by about 2 years.

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It's kinda silly but the bump from a last-gen ssd to a newest gen ssd is hardly noticeable.
I just switched my boot drive from a substantially 'older' vertex to a new force gt drive, and i can't tell the tiniest bit of difference between the two.
Yup, that is why I recommend just getting the lowest price current (or last gen) SSD. For common uses, user will not notice the difference especially if there is less than a 10% difference.
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What's the likely hood of me noticing the performance difference with one of these compared to a 128GB C300 which I've been using for ages now?
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