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OCZ Vertex 2 120GB SSD

Testing

Test Rig

CPU: Intel Q9450 @3.2GHZ
Motherboard: Asus P5QL Pro
RAM: Super Talent 4GB
Graphics: Sapphire HD 5770 1GB
PSU: Nesteq 800w
OS: Windows 7 x64

Methodology

To test a storage device the best way to do it is to run a few synthetic benchmarks and follow up with some real world tests. The first batch included:

  • Sisoft Sandra
  • HDTach
  • Crystal Disk Benchmark
  • PCMark Vantage

In terms of rthe latter, I decided to focus on boot times for the OS and a the RTS game, Dawn of War II Chaos Rising.

For comparison purposes, the Kingston SSD Now 100Gb will be used.

Results

HD Tach

Short – OCZ Vertex 2

OCZ Vertex 2 SSD 120GB

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Short - Kingston SSDNow 96GB

Kingston SSDNow

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Long – OCZ Vertex 2

OCZ Vertex 2 SSD 120GB

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Long - Kingston SSDNow 96GB

Kingston SSDNow 96GB

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While the Vertex 2 might have some larger peaks and troughs than the Kingston drive, it certaily has a more consistent read speed throughout its virtual platter.

Sandra

OCZ Vertex 2

  • Drive Score: 258 MB/s
  • Random Access time: 7 micro seconds

Kingston SSDNow 96GB

  • Drive Score: 220.15
  • Random Access time: 47 micro seconds

Here the Vertex shows a stronger drive score with a 38MB/s lead and a far improved random access time which gives improved gaming performance – like an SSD would have problems with that anyway – and better transfer speeds for lots of smaller files.