OCZ has released a new line of SSDs under their performance ‘Vertex’ brand. Fortunately, a couple of the new models actually seem affordable. OCZ jumped on the SSD bandwagon early on, and suffered severe criticisms for using the JMicron controller for the flash memory. That controller has been lambasted all over the internet, reportedly causing pauses and stutters, and overall system slowdowns.
The new drives use a controller from a company known as Indilink that is said to eliminate the criticisms levied against its predecessor. The new models come in four sizes: 32, 64, 128 and 256 GB capacities, while their names reflect space leftover after reserving some for wear-levelling. Thus the 32GB is known as the Vertex 30, the 64: 60, the 128: 120 and 256: 250. The 32 and 64 GB models offer 32 MB of cache while the higher two models offer 64 megs of cache. OCZ claims that the new drives offer up to 200 MB/s read speeds and 160 MB/s write speeds.
The new drives start at $129 for the 32 gig model, which is relatively affordable for a performance SSD, moving up to $249, $469 and $869 as you move up the chain.