I had intended to open up one of the drives in order to get a good look at the internal hardware used, but both drives had other plans. Each drive has four small screws that hold the backplate in place. With the Apex, these were easily removable but not so much with the Vertex. I was only able to remove 1-2 screws on each drive; the remaining screws all stripped very easily. I even tried multiple screwdrivers with no luck. It would appear that OCZ doesn't want users voiding their warranty.
I contacted OCZ about this and the best I could get was the photo you see above. I was supplied with other "close-up" pictures of the individual chips as well, but they were all blurry so I elected not to post them here. Either way, the photo above provides us with a good look at what is going on inside. On the left we can see the Samsung memory chips, followed by the Elpida cache on the top right and the Indilinx controller chip just below it. This 64 MB cache is key to eliminating the stuttering found in many earlier solid state drives. Many will appreciate the exclusion of the JMicron JMF602 B controller in exchange for an Indilinx controller. The Vertex internals are a pretty standard affair when compared to the Apex which had a rather unique internal RAID0 configuration with dual controllers and a dedicated RAID controller.
Continue ahead as we check out the test setup.