OCZ Solid 2 Solid State Drive
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 05-03-2010
Provided by: OCZ Technology
First Look

We find the drive nestled inside a foam protective enclosure inside the retail box along with an installation guide that also contains the warranty information. The drive is wrapped in an anti-static bag for further protection.

The drive itself is a 2.5" unit that is black in color with the product sticker on the front and the obligatory descriptive and serial number stickers on the back. As with most current solid state drives, the 2.5" interface allows you to install the unit in a laptop if you choose to do so. I will be testing in a desktop environment for this review. Unfortunately OCZ does not include a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter so you will need to pick that up separately if your case doesn't provide provisions for SSD mounting.

Four small screws are used to hold the back cover in place. Unlike the screws I encountered with the Vertex that stripped when trying to remove, the Solid's screws came out without a fight.

On the back of the PCB are eight flash memory chips, labeled 29F32G08AAMDB. From what I could gather from Google, these are Intel chips at 4GB each. Rutledge found similar marked chips in his review of the Agility late last year.

The Indilinx Barefoot controller, model IDX1101M01-LC should be pretty familiar to most by now as it has been used in many higher end solid state drives for some time now, replacing the earlier Jmicron controllers. Accompanying the controller is 64MB of cache via an Elpida chip labeled S51321DBH-5ATS-F to eliminate the potential for stuttering and freezing often found in early generation drives.

The other side of the PCB reveals the other eight memory chips and little else.

Let's move ahead and put this drive to the test!

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