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OCZ Technology 256GB Vertex 4 Series SATA 6.0 GB/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SSD) With Industry's Highest 120K IOPS And 5-Year Warranty - VTX4-25SAT3-256G

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  • Up to 535 MB/s Sequential Reads
  • Up to 95,000 Random Write IOPS
  • Up to 120,000 Maximum IOPS
  • Access Latency as Low as 0.02ms
  • 3.5" SSD adapter for desktop
  • Maximum IOPS 120K IOPS
  • Random 4k Read IOPS 90K IOPS
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Technical Details

Size: 256 GB
  • Hard Drive: 256 GB
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Product Details

Size: 256 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.7 x 0.4 inches ; 3.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B007RARHSO
  • Item model number: VTX4-25SAT3-256G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (890 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 4, 2012

Product Description

Size: 256 GB

Product Description

OCZ Technology 256GB Vertex 4 Series SATA 6.0 GB/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SSD) With Industry's Highest 120K IOPS And 5-Year Warranty - VTX4-25SAT3-256G

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As the fourth generation of the legendary Vertex SSD family, the Vertex 4 Series pushes storage performance to the max and redefines the modern day computing experience. Vertex 4 SSDs are innovatively engineered to deliver industry-leading file transfer rates and superior system responsiveness, all while providing a more durable, reliable, and energy efficient storage solution compared to traditional hard drives.

Veretx 4
The OCZ Vertex 4 2.5-inch SSD (view larger).
At a Glance
256 GB Vertex 4 SATA III 2.5-Inch SSD
At a Glance
  • Up to 560 MB/s sequential reads and 510 MB/s of sequential writes

  • Up to 90,000 random read IOPS and 85,000 random write IOPS

  • Up to 120,000 maximum IOPS

  • Access latency as low as 0.02ms

  • Strong performance at lower queue depths

  • Compatible with Windows-, Mac- and Linux-based systems

  • Backed by 5-year limited warranty
At a Glance

Designed to take full advantage of the SATA III interface, the Vertex 4 unleashes ultimate productivity, gaming, and multimedia applications. This model of the 2.5-inch Vertex 4 SSD (VTX4-25SAT3-256G) offers 256 GB of storage capacity, a 510 MB/s maximum sequential write speed, and 120,000 IOPS maximum I/O performance. It's backed by a 5-year limited warranty.

Excelling in Performance, No Matter the File Type

Mirroring real-world performance scenarios over a broad spectrum of consumer desktop and mobile applications, Vertex 4 SSDs are designed to provide a superior user experience and extreme performance over the other current solutions available on the market.

With the cutting-edge Indilinx Everest 2 platform, Vertex 4 is optimized for consistently high speeds with the complete spectrum of file types and sizes including both compressible and incompressible data for balanced performance like no other drive you've experienced.

 

maxiops

Key Features

Industry's Highest IOPs

You'll get incredible performance in workstation and heavy-duty environments with multiple data threads and performance up to 120,000 IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second, pronounced eye-ops).


compression
No Compression-Related Performance Limitations

Better performance with "real world" data streams of varying "compressibility" as well as fully incompressible data such as videos and multimedia files, encrypted data, archive files such as .ZIP files, and software.


indilinx
Indilinx Infused Everest 2 Platform

Its leading-edge, dual-ARM controller architecture enables faster performance like nothing else you've experienced.


latency
Fast Boot Times and Ultra-Low Latency

Boot up in as little as 9 seconds, and industry-low latencies of .04 reads and .02 writes enable superior multitasking and flawless performance.


ndurance
Ndurance 2.0 Technology

Advanced suite of NAND Flash management to increase durability and reliability to expand the NAND's lifespan.


warranty
Industry-Leading Warranty

Limited 5 year warranty backed by OCZ's renowned service (with toll-free tech support and 24-hour online forum support) for ultimate peace of mind.



Which OCZ Vertex 4 SSD is Right for You?

  VTX4-25SAT3-64G VTX4-25SAT3-128G VTX4-25SAT3-256G VTX-25SAT3-512G
Performance
Capacity 64 GB 128 GB 256 GB 512 GB
Sequential Reads 460 MB/s 560 MB/s 560 MB/s 560 MB/s
Sequential Writes 220 MB/s 430 MB/s 510 MB/s 510 MB/s
Random 4k Read IOPS 70,000 IOPS 90,000 IOPS 90,000 IOPS 95,000 IOPS
Random 4k Write IOPS 50,000 IOPS 85,000 IOPS 85,000 IOPS 85,000 IOPS
Maximum IOPS 85,000 IOPS 120,000 IOPS 120,000 IOPS 120,000 IOPS
Physical
NAND Components 2Xnm Synchronous Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
Interface SATA III / 6 Gbps
(backwards compatible with SATA II / 3 Gbps)
Form Factor 2.5-inch
NAND Controller Indilinx Everest 2
DRAM Cache Up to 1 GB
Dimensions 99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3mm
Weight 83g

More Specifications

OCZ Vertex 4 128 GB Comparison
Designed with a superior user experience
and extreme performance (view larger).
Reliability/Protection
  • Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF): 2 million hours
  • Data Path Protection: ECC corrects up to 128 random bits/1KB
  • Data Encryption: 256-bit AES-compliant, ATA Security Mode Features
  • Product Health Monitoring: Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) Support
Compatibility
  • Serial ATA (SATA): Fully compliant with Serial ATA International Organization (Serial ATA Revision 3.0) and ATA/ATAPI-8 Standard Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
  • Operating System: Windows XP 32-bit /64-bit; Windows Vista 32-bit / 64-bit; Windows 7 32-bit / 64-bit; Linux; Mac OS X
Additional Features
  • Performance Optimization: TRIM (requires OS support), dynamic and static wear-leveling, background garbage collection, Indilinx nDurance 2.0 Technology to extend SSD lifespan
  • Other Performance Features: Ndurance 2.0 Technology (reduced write amplification without compression, advanced multi-level ECC, adaptive NAND flash management)
  • Service & Support: 5-year warranty, toll-free tech support, 24 hour forum support

The SSD Advantage

Whether you're refreshing an older laptop or trying to maximize the potential of the latest platform, SSDs provide substantial benefits over traditional hard drives.

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Greater Durability

Solid State Drives feature a non-mechanical design of NAND flash mounted to circuit boards, shock resistant up to 1500g. Hard disk drives consist of various moving parts making them susceptible to shock and damage.

Faster Performance

SSDs have 100 times greater throughput and instantaneous access times for quicker boot-ups, faster file transfers, and overall snappier performance than hard drives. HDDs can only access the data faster the closer it is from the read/ write heads, while all parts of the SSD can be accessed at once.

Less Power Consumption, Silent Operation, and Lightweight

SSDs use significantly less wattage at peak load than hard disk drives--less than 2W versus 6W for an HDD--delivering longer battery life in notebooks, less power strain on system, and a cooler computing environment. With no moving parts, SSDs run virtually silent in your notebook or PC case to eliminate distracting noises during gaming or entertainment. And SSDs won't weigh down your laptop, netbook, or tablet PC when you're on the go.

cooler
SSDs run much cooler than hard disk drives...
quieter
...and much quieter, too.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I used it for a month now and it worked flawlessly so far.
S. Mohamed Murtadha
My computer speed has increased exponentially and it was very fast and easy to install.
Jennifer A. Hoffman
I will recommend these drives to everyone looking to buy an SSD.
rob.L

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

143 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Argyris on July 29, 2012
Size Name: 128 GB Verified Purchase
UPDATE 9/5/12

A month since the last update and still going strong! Zero problems so far, still have 100% drive life remaining (according to S.M.A.R.T.), and I've stopped even considering the possibility that anything bad is going to happen to this drive. My notebook may be heavy and chunky compared to today's ultrabooks, but with my Vertex 4 in it it's a true road warrior and I've been commuting with it to campus now that school has started up again.

I'll see you again at the six month mark if all goes well!

UPDATE 8/6/12

It's been over a week since installation and I haven't had a single problem. Any issues I mentioned in my review seem to have been one-offs and have not repeated themselves. As a result, and as promised, I'm bumping my rating up to 5 stars. I've also changed the title from "Solid but not overwhelming improvement in my system" to "Solid improvement in my system", along with a few references to the title in the review itself.

I notice the price of this drive decreased by about 13% (my inventive way of indicating a price shift without getting filtered by Amazon) since I bought it about ten days or so ago. I'm not surprised since Samsung's 840 Series drive at this same capacity recently dropped in price to where this Vertex 4 is now. The SSD market is highly competitive, and as drives get ever cheaper there's less and less of an excuse not to pick one up.

In the past week I got around my instrument loading problem by switching to a mode that allows me to only load the attack portion of each sample to RAM and stream the remainder from the drive. Since SSDs excel at rapid access times (around 0.
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162 of 177 people found the following review helpful By Technologist on April 16, 2012
Size Name: 128 GB
OCZ's new Vertex 4 drive is probably the fastest current SSD under most common consumer usage purposes. It is blazing fast and has none of the blue screen of death (BSOD) issues of previous drives using Sandforce controllers. OCZ is now using a new Marvel/Indilinx controller with 25nm MLC NAND flash memory. Therefore, OCZ is confident enough to give this drive a 5 year warranty. This is my second SSD and it blows the previous one out of the water. Be aware that almost all of the negative reviews on this drive are from before the 1.5 firmware update (which is now preinstalled).

Right now, the top three SSDs (best selling and best reviews) on Amazon are the OCZ Vertex 4, Samsung 830, and the Crucial M4. The Passmark benchmark scores are as follows: 3589 for the Vertex 4, 3230 for the Samsung 830, and 2409 for the best Crucial M4. Passmark averages all submitted test samples so it is not very sensitive to outliers.

The Vertex 4 has an amazing 120k input/output operations per second which is 30-40% higher than almost all other drives and it has great access times. The sequential write which was a weakness is no longer so due to the firmware updates (it is actually now a strength). But keep in mind that 95+% (perhaps 99+%) of the time you will be reading from the drive and the read speed, in particular random read, is where you'll see almost all of the speedup. Even if you write on the drive often, there are almost no sources you can draw from that will use up all of the write speed of any newer generation drive. If you are downloading from the internet (even if you are on a 100Mpbs T3 line) you won't come close to the write speed of a standard hard drive.
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96 of 103 people found the following review helpful By J. Cole on June 26, 2012
Size Name: 128 GB Verified Purchase
I bought this for my early 2011 macbook pro and mid 2009 mbp and it works great but there are some steps to getting the drive up to date and working.
**UPDATE** works great with Mountain Lion 10.8

Here are some instructions on what to do for people who want to know about making this drive work with the mbp.

0. Backup all data you want from your old drive because you wont have it anymore after you remove it
1. take out old drive and replace with your new SSD (look for youtube videos on how to do this)
2. power on the laptop while holding the "option" key
3. connect the the internet and choose internet recovery
4. when you get into the install screen open disk utilities and select the drive
5. create a new (1 partition) and format your new drive as Mac OS Journaled
6. close disk utility and install Lion onto the drive

ok great now your drive is working and the OS is installed, but the drive is NOT updated to the latest firmware (helps to drive work at its best)
(just a warning this is more advanced)

7. goto OCZ's website for the latest vertex 4 firmware (please read all their instructions on how to update, below is my self-experienced abridged version)
8. download their OCZ Tools utility and burn it to a disk (dvd or CD, i used toast to do this but you can use disk utility also-> for help google "burn iso image osx")
9. restart computer holding option key again and choose to boot from the disk
10. wait for computer to reboot, your touchpad and Wifi wont work... so you need to plug in a USB mouse and connect via ethernet (MUST have net for this to work)
11. click the mac update tool on the bottom bar
12. make sure it is asking to update the vertex 4 (will say y/n)
13.
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