Originally Posted by mingqi53
Can't necessarily say that. Vertex 4 doesn't use Sandforce, it uses Indilinx firmware with a Marvell controller, which makes it essentially a super-duper M4.
While there is considerable misinformation about what actually constitutes the everest 2 platform, I am personally aware that the marvell controller in the v4 is not the same controller as the M4, and since the firmware also has nothing to do with the m4's firmware, such a connection or transference of any characteristic of the m4 to the v4 is quite a leap. I imagine many sandforce customers are well aware of the benefits of good, optimized, well tested, well verified firmware (Intel's 520 anyone?) since they had unreliable drives for 3+ months with the first few firmware releases and then better results over the last few months with only a firmware change.
I know every ssd maker has some historical warts (the predecessor to the m4 had a LOT of issues and the m4 itself was a little creaky out of the gate) but OCZ seems to lay an egg with every generation. I had a vertex 2 plus hose me for a week on a new build because it kept corrupting its data and OCZ kept telling me I had a bad drive, yet there were thousands of people with the same firmware related issue I had. Given that they were working on a fix for the very same problem I was experiencing, telling me I had a bad drive and should mail it to them at my own cost ($12) to receive a used drive with the same bad firmware wasn't really very good customer service. Then the vertex 3 had serious corruption problems, like most sandforce drives with the older firmware.
Since drives like the m4, samsung 830 and intel 520 offer excellent performance and at this point quite good reliability, I'd need a serious specific application requirement that called for a specific area of performance that some other drive addresses better. An unreliable drive regardless of how fast it is generally isn't a good value proposition for the vast majority of users.
Besides, some of the benchies on the v4 aren't that great.