Next week I'll have more to report on than just SSDs, I promise. Until then, the SandForce festivities continue with today's arrival: The OCZ Vertex 2.

As you may have heard, the Vertex 2 uses a special brew of SandForce's SF-1200 firmware that gives it the small file random write performance of a SF-1500 based solution, without most of the added cost. Unless Corsair and SandForce work something out, the Vertex 2 is going to be the only SF-1200 based SSD that can use SandForce's MP firmware and attain 30,000 sustained 4K random write IOPS.

I'm running the drive through the ringer now and hope to have results as well as an update to our SSD Bench later this week. If you want to see pics of its internals, check out the gallery.

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  • Dr.Neale - Saturday, April 24, 2010 - link

    Very serious. I deplore the decay of the English language in the media, and cringe whenever I see egregrious errors appearing in print or on-line. People who publish anything should at least know the proper usage of their own language. Sadly, one-third of high-school graduates don't even have basic language skills. If I and others like me don''t try to stem the tide, pretty soon we'll be reduced to the grunts, coughs, and clicks used by our cave-man ancestors for verbal communication. And don't even get me started on the even more deplorable state of math skills in North America. I used to be a college professor, so I know. The fact that we have this amazing technology at all is due to the valiant efforts of a few heroic "geeks" and "nerds" who are ridiculed by the "cool" and "in" crowd, who like to try to make themselves feel superior by trying to making those much more capable than themselves feel inferior, yet rush out to buy the latest and greatest technology produced by the labors of the very people they scorn. I would have hoped for more respect from of a devotee of AnandTech such as yourself.
  • Dr.Neale - Saturday, April 24, 2010 - link

    Oops...I should have said "trying to make" instead of "trying to making". Even I make mistakes!
  • DrJohan - Saturday, April 24, 2010 - link

    See comment from friday by DrJohan. The more I read, the more confused I get....

    Would be great if someone could take a few minutes to answer my questions, if possible.

    Regards, Johan
  • the_encoder - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - link

    Hi Anand,
    I don't think you have ever discussed the error correcting capabilities of these controllers. I believe it is an important aspect of any controller , be it HDD or SSD.
    Thanks for all the informative SSD related analysis.
  • Moonstarr - Saturday, May 8, 2010 - link

    Firstly, thanks for a great review and great site.

    From looking at your photographs of the Vertex 2 and Agilty 2 I don't see any difference other than the branding of the memory chips (Micron/Intel). Both use the SandForce 1200 (SF-1222TA3-SBH). Both have the same board revision PCB-0025-X01. Check it out in the gallery.

    In theory you should be able to flash the Agility 2 with Vertex 2 firmware and unlock the 4k write limits.

    Anyone know where that firmware can be found? No sign of it on the OCZ site.
  • deeppow - Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - link

    Just installed an Agility 2 for my OS. Remaining apps and files are on a RAID0. Running Windows 7 on Agility 2.

    Now when I do a disc operation such as a resize or anything associated with the RAID0, the system hangs in a never ending reboot of the OS. Goes like this
    - after initial instruction to resize, it reboots
    - resizes the partitions properly
    - finishs and reboots
    - starts Win7 boot and flash screen says it has complete disc operation, then reboots Win7
    - starts Win7 boot and flash screen says it has complete disc operation, then reboots Win7
    - starts Win7 boot and flash screen says it has complete disc operation, then reboots Win7
    - etc.

    These types of operations worked fine when the OS set on the RAID0. I performed many of them. Issues appear to be associated with the Agility 2.
  • miniature_schnauzer - Thursday, August 23, 2012 - link

    I have one of these SSD HDD and is dead. I cannot access it. The BIOS cannot see it.
    The only thing is that green LED is ON and the red LED is flashing ON for one sec. at the moment of powering on the SSD HDD.
    I would like to repair this hard drive if possible. Any help or suggestions are more than welcome.
    If anybody knows the meaning of J1 (that internal connector Vcc, Tx, Rx, GND) please help me.
    Is some kind of serial port?
    thank you.

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