The Everest 2 platform comes as a result of OCZ’s acquisition of Indilinx in early 2011 but it isn’t the first time we have seen the Indilinx brand stamped on a Vertex drive. The company launched the original Vertex SSD as one of the pioneering flash storage solutions for mainstream users with an Indilinx controller under the hood. OCZ jumped on the SandForce bandwagon with the Vertex 2 and Vertex 3 but have come full circle back to an Indilinx solution with the Vertex 4… well, sort of. But we’ll get to that in just a bit.
OCZ sent over a 128GB Vertex 4 for evaluation. Although they offer 3.5-inch drives in some lines, the Vertex 4 is limited to the 2.5-inch form factor with no current plans to release a physically larger variety. Capacities include 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB with various performance aspects increasing marginally as you step up in capacity.
Included in the retail package is the drive itself which arrived sealed in an anti-static bag, a 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch bay adapter, a bag of screws, an OCZ sticker and the obligatory installation guide / warranty information booklet. Unlike previous SSD offerings from OCZ, there weren’t any rated speeds listed on the back of the box.
One quick warning about the bay adapter - be careful because the edges across the top are unusually sharp. I nearly cut myself when removing it from the packaging.
Below is a list of features and specifications that were borrowed from OCZ's website.
Notice the difference in speed with regards to capacity. 128GB and larger drives are all rated for serious speed but the 64GB drive lags behind, especially in sequential writes and maximum IOPS. Another bit worth pointing out is the five year warranty - up from the three year standard found on previous drives.
Continue ahead as we crack open the Vertex 4 for a closer look at the internals that make up OCZ’s latest flagship SSD.