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[Tom's/Hexus] OCZ Confirms Octane and Vertex 4 use Marvell-based Silicon

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This past month, OCZ finally launched its Vertex 4 SSD, powered by the Indilinx Everest 2 controller and, in carrying the Vertex name, the new drive was offered up as a complete replacement for the firm's mainstream SandForce line-up, with reviews indeed backing up the fact that the Vertex 4 was a true competitor when up against SandForce controllers, featuring all the benefits of the Octane series, with enough raw performance to see it come out on-top in most benchmarks.

However, it appears as though OCZ has been keeping a little secret. The physical controllers themselves, which make up the Everest offering, are in fact based upon standard Marvell SSD controllers. The Everest 1 controller is an overclocked Marvell 88SS9174, whilst it's suggested that the Everest 2 controller is the new Marvell 88SS9187.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Octane-Vertec_4-Marvell-Indilinx_Everest_2-ssd-controller,15304.html
http://hexus.net/tech/news/storage/37889-ocz-indilinx-powered-ssds-hold-secret-really-marvell/

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I don't see the problem. The chip doesn't matter as long as the SSD is fast and reliable.
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At least it isn't Sandforce. thumb.gif
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Don't be mad, they're still great drives even though OCZ forgot to mention that the controllers are actually "rebranded" Marvell controllers. And Marvell chips are awesome, like in the Crucial M4 for example.
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The hardware does not matter nearly as much as the firmware.

Firmware make the SSD... not the physical controller IC.
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what's wrong with it?
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I don't see the problem. The chip doesn't matter as long as the SSD is fast and reliable.
Sorry, I got mad 'cos I dont like manufacturers hiding stuff from me.
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At least it isn't Sandforce. thumb.gif
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Don't be mad, they're still great drives even though OCZ forgot to mention that the controllers are actually "rebranded" Marvell controllers. And Marvell chips are awesome, like in the Crucial M4 for example.
Marvell = reliability. Yes.
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The hardware does not matter nearly as much as the firmware.
Firmware make the SSD... not the physical controller IC.
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what's wrong with it?
Nothing, just get mad when manufacturers hide stuff.
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they are not hiding it, it's just not mentioned
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