OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SATA II SSD - SSD Testing Info and Benchmarks

Article Index
Features and Specifications
SSD Testing Info and Benchmarks
CrystalDiskMark and HDTach
HDTune and Final Thoughts


SSD Testing Disclaimer:

Because of the wear-leveling algorithms used in SSDs, performance is actually pretty hard to nail down.  It is for this reason also that drive performance can vary so much from one review to the next.  Some sites go to extreme measures to show the maximum performance possible after they use utilities to restore the drive to pristine performance levels, but that isn't accurate in the real world.  We've tried to get a balance of the pristine and the dirty drive here at BCCHardware and have used this drive extensively in our test systems both running Windows 7 x64 Ultimate.  We feel that our results are as reproducible as possible, and while no software can accurately measure SSD performance in a perfectly fair fashion, we've done our best to keep the results accurate as possible.  We've used synthetic benchmark tools such as HDTach, Everest, CrystalDisk Mark and others that are indicators of real-world performance.

Test System:

Intel Core i7
ASRock X58 Extreme 3
2x Radeon HD 4870 512MB
Hard Drives

OCZ Vertex 2 MLC 60GB SSD
Crucial M225128GB SSD
- firmware 1571 (no TRIM)
Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD - firmware 1819

Plextor 128GB SSD - Original Firmware
Crucial CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 SSD - firmware 0002

Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
ATI Drivers
10.11 Catalyst




Performance - ATTO:

ATTO is not an indicator of real-world performance, but it shows how fast the drive can read and write data using different sized files.  We've included results from the 128GB Patriot Torqx, Crucial M225 SSD, RealSSD C300 and Plextor 128GB SSD.  A few different NAND, DRAM and controller options are represented below.




You don't have to study the charts very long before you see that the OCZ Vertex 2 dominates in write speeds. It comes in at almost 70-90MB/sec faster than the closest competitor.  Read speeds are a different story however and while the drive is super-fast at write speeds, it performs on-par with other high-end drives when reading.  It can't keep up to the C300 SATA 3.0 drive from Crucial of course, but it holds its own when compared to other SATA II drives.