I mentioned in our Mid-Range SSD Roundup that most SSD vendors like sampling the best balance of capacity/performance when it comes to SSD review samples. For the SandForce SF-2281 with 25nm NAND that just happens to be 240GB. Unfortunately there's a pretty big fall off in performance when going from 240GB to 120GB due to the decrease in total number of NAND die (8GB per die x 32 die vs. 16 die). I've explained this all before here.

Enter OCZ's MAX IOPS drive. Using 32nm Toshiba Toggle NAND instead of 25nm IMFT ONFI 2.x NAND the die capacity drops to 4GB, which means you get twice as many die per NAND device. The end result? 240GB Vertex 3 performance for slightly more than 120GB Vertex 3 pricing.

 

I ordered the 120GB MAX IOPS drive at the beginning of the week and just got it in yesterday so I've only had a small amount of time to test with it thus far. Check out the 120GB MAX IOPS drive vs. the Intel SSD 510 in Bench using our 2011 storage test suite. Expect the full review in the coming days.

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  • Tros - Sunday, June 19, 2011 - link

    Seriously.

    I recall the lawsuit for their compiler specifically disabling optimizations if a non-Intel chip was running the code: http://techreport.com/discussions/8547.
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  • aldiswilson - Saturday, June 25, 2011 - link


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  • Warlock15th - Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - link

    It's good these drives finally get to be tested, I've had a couple of these in RAID 0 since the day they were available, coupled to an Asus MIVE and a Ci7 2600K in SATA III, and the performance is just amazing; yes there were some problems when the drives came out, but if you use the latest IRST drivers from Intel and update your drives to the latest firmware you won't believe how fast these drives can be.

    I'm really looking forward to the review.
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  • Stuka87 - Thursday, June 16, 2011 - link

    And by SATA III we can assume you mean SATA 6.0? Since SATA III does not mean anything according to the Serial ATA International Organization. It is actually explicitly stated to never use that naming scheme because it is made up and means nothing.

    Sorry, but its kind of a pet peeve when people use false terminology.
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  • Drag0nFire - Thursday, June 16, 2011 - link

    I see. Then this website from the Serial ATA International Organization describing "SATA revision 3.0" must be mistaken.

    http://www.serialata.org/technology/6Gbdetails.asp

    You should probably tell them about your pet peeve. Maybe they will change it for you.
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  • Warlock15th - Thursday, June 16, 2011 - link

    SATA Revision 3.0 (III stands for 3 for those illiterate with roman numerals) is the latest SATA spec protocol that allows for up to a 6GBps max bandwidth for data throughput for all current drives that use said protocol.

    Don't know what time in the future you come from, but we here in 2011 still have to contend with SATA 3.0 speed limitations when it comes to SSD drives performance, not that any current existing drives can max the available bandwidth as of June, 2011, can you please enlighten me as to how fast we can expect this hypothetical SATA 6.0 protocol to be a few years from now?
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  • Warlock15th - Thursday, June 16, 2011 - link

    And yes, I know it's "Gbps", not "GBps" as I posted... That little "b" there makes for a world of difference.

    It seems I've also joined the "visitors from the future" bandwagon, by citing a spec that's an order of magnitude faster than what's currently available :p
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  • twhittet - Thursday, June 16, 2011 - link

    Yes, I don't know this SATA 6.0 either. A pet peeve of mine is when other people correct someone, and are also wrong.

    Sorry, but its kind of a pet peeve when people use false terminology.
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  • KaRRiLLioN - Thursday, June 16, 2011 - link

    I think he means SATA Three. I don't speak Roman but after someone clarified the Roman Numeral thing, then it made total sense to me. Reply

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