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[TPU] OCZ Releases Firmware Enhancement for Vertex 4 SSDs and Intros 64 GB Model

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OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today introduced release candidate firmware v1.4RC, which dramatically improves the performance of its Vertex 4 SATA 3.0 Series SSDs. Most notably, v1.4RC nearly doubles sequential write performance for lower capacity models, significantly boosts sequential read performance at low queue depths, and improves general performance under real-world workloads comprising mixed reads and writes.

Despite already achieving breakthrough levels of performance with its flagship Vertex 4, OCZ has taken aggressive strides to further distance itself from the competition and to maintain its undisputed leadership in SSD technology. Compared to Vertex 4's original firmware version v1.3, v1.4RC more than doubles sequential write performance of the 128 GB model and boosts the 256 GB model from 380 MB/s to 465 MB/s. These dramatic gains were achieved through proprietary algorithms which orchestrate the sequence of physical NAND programming operations to ensure that each NAND device is optimally utilized at all times. For the mainstream user, entry-level capacities of Vertex 4 can now achieve nearly the same sequential write performance as the industry-leading 512GB model at a mere fraction of the cost.



Source: techPowerUp



EDIT:

Link to firmware download
Release Candidate

Updating the firmware from the toolbox is not supported when Windows is running off the drive you are trying to update.

WARNING: This is a Destructive Flash, back up all data on SSD. Proceeding with this update will result in complete loss of data on the SSD.

-Toolbox will not update a primary system drive (e.g. drive letter "C:"). You must run Windows from another drive and then update your SSD using Toolbox.





Tests: TweakTown

Benchmarks done by OCN members: (Click the spoiler) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
From 7ranslucen7 128GB version.

536



From g00s3y 128GB version.

501



From SLI_Maniac RAID 0 config on 128GB version.

521

Thanx to you all

Edited by avril4ever - 5/8/12 at 10:34pm
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I don't trust OCZ and firmware updates
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Same here. I don`t trust OCZ at all
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I don't trust OCZ and firmware updates

Why?

1) ALL SandForce-based (except Intel) were having issues.
2) Intel, Micron, Indilinx, and SandForce based SSDs have had firmware issues in the past.
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My Vertex 3 is over a year old now, no issues yet.
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Why?
1) ALL SandForce-based (except Intel) were having issues.
2) Intel, Micron, Indilinx, and SandForce based SSDs have had firmware issues in the past.

Because
A) OCZ have used their customers as beta testers. They didn`t bother to get stable working drives before releasing it to the public. No sir, to them it is "Just wait for firmware number 999.9" and your problems will disappear.

B) They are many times pretty strict about returns and giving out new drives because of what I said in A). The customers wait several months for the new firmware, and it fixes nothing.

C) They sold 25nm SSDs as 34nm and didn`t tell the customers about it. Customer then paid a premium for less life expectancy

D) Intel have had problems in the past like you said, but with Intel X25-M which is the most reliable drive you can ever find, they actually *fixed* the problems.
As for reliability and stable drives, Sandforce are at the very bottom.

But by all means, go buy a Sandforce SSD and gamble. I know that most customers want a plug and play drive, not having to struggle with something as precious as your SSD that your computer won`t function without
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As for reliability and stable drives, Sandforce are at the very bottom.
But by all means, go buy a Sandforce SSD and gamble. I know that most customers want a plug and play drive, not having to struggle with something as precious as your SSD that your computer won`t function without
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Same here. I don`t trust OCZ at all
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Originally Posted by Outcasst View Post

I don't trust OCZ and firmware updates

Uhh.. the Vertex 4 doesn't have a sandforce controller.. it uses a Indilinx re-badged Marvell.

After owning generations 1-3 of Vertex SSDs I can say I've never had any issues with any of the drives!
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I just reformated/reinstalled everything last night wth.gif.
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Because
A) OCZ have used their customers as beta testers. They didn`t bother to get stable working drives before releasing it to the public. No sir, to them it is "Just wait for firmware number 999.9" and your problems will disappear.
B) They are many times pretty strict about returns and giving out new drives because of what I said in A). The customers wait several months for the new firmware, and it fixes nothing.
C) They sold 25nm SSDs as 34nm and didn`t tell the customers about it. Customer then paid a premium for less life expectancy
D) Intel have had problems in the past like you said, but with Intel X25-M which is the most reliable drive you can ever find, they actually *fixed* the problems.
As for reliability and stable drives, Sandforce are at the very bottom.
But by all means, go buy a Sandforce SSD and gamble. I know that most customers want a plug and play drive, not having to struggle with something as precious as your SSD that your computer won`t function without
1) The reality is that SSD firmware validation is time-consuming and expensive. This is probably one of the biggest issues facing SSD controller today. Even Intel reknown for their validation has had issues.... twice.
2) Yeah, that was an issue with OCZ CS.
3) The life expectancy of the NAND is a moot point... it does not matter to the vast majority of users. Actually, I believe the real issue was that less physical NAND was being used. Therefore, the reduce channels lead to worse performance.
4) X25-E is actually more reliable. wink.gif Samsung and Toshiba SSDs are actually also known to be reliable as well...

If SandForce is at the bottom, then why is Intel shipping 2-3 different SandForce-based SDDs?

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Uhh.. the Vertex 4 doesn't have a sandforce controller.. it uses a Indilinx re-badged Marvell.
It's not a rebadge..... It is Indilinx firmware running on Marvell hardware. With SSDs, the firmware is by far the most important "component".
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Because
A) OCZ have used their customers as beta testers. They didn`t bother to get stable working drives before releasing it to the public. No sir, to them it is "Just wait for firmware number 999.9" and your problems will disappear.
B) They are many times pretty strict about returns and giving out new drives because of what I said in A). The customers wait several months for the new firmware, and it fixes nothing.
C) They sold 25nm SSDs as 34nm and didn`t tell the customers about it. Customer then paid a premium for less life expectancy
D) Intel have had problems in the past like you said, but with Intel X25-M which is the most reliable drive you can ever find, they actually *fixed* the problems.
As for reliability and stable drives, Sandforce are at the very bottom.
But by all means, go buy a Sandforce SSD and gamble. I know that most customers want a plug and play drive, not having to struggle with something as precious as your SSD that your computer won`t function without

As far as A and B go, every Sandforce vendor had to put up with the same issues until the BSOD bug was fixed. Your point is moot.

For D, I think you are completely clueless as to what capability OCZ had prior to acquiring Indilinx. They can't write their own firmware.

C is the only point you made that has any sensibility to it... but the main issue was with performance, not with cell durability. SDDs will last for years of sustained write/erase cycles. Cell durability is a non-issue right now.

As mingqi53 mentioned, Vertex 4 isn't even Sandforce based.
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