Originally Posted by SgtSpike
Perfect, thanks. This is also confirmed by some 3rd party websites I've been reading through - that there should be little to no difference in performance between the two.
Newegg is definitely my retailer of choice, thanks for asking.
Only 5K PE cycles though? Is that the same as 10k read/write cycles, since a PE includes both? Or is the lifetime truly half that of most other SSDs? Also, if I go over the 5K PE cycle limit, does it void the warranty? Or could I return it for a "fresh" drive? I'm more just curious about this than it making a difference in my purchasing decision, as I imagine all SSD manufacturers probably have similar statements with regards to this.
I wonder why all the praise for the Vertex 2 then? Was it just because it was the first drive to come out with the SF controller?
Glad I could help
That 5K is per cell. 10K was on 50nm NAND (back when we did Indilinx drives). A PE is a erase/write cycle.
One thing to remember is SF controllers have several futures including wear leveling to help out. Realistically, even at 25nm NAND, you'll probably be replacing the drive solely because it is outdated before it's actually worn out.
Unless you are running your drive in some sort of hyperactive database server (at which point you need to be looking SLC NAND), you shouldn't need to return your drive due to wear before the warranty is up anyway.
As far as the hype, I think some of it is just that OCZ made a big Marketing push. They have a lot invested in their SSD's doing well, whereas we still do Memory, Power Supplies, Thumb Drives, and Solid-State. OCZ is out of the memory game now, so SSD is really their focus.Edited by MushkinNick - 2/18/11 at 4:16pm