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OCZ Vertex 2 120 GB SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive (OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G)

by Satechi

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120 GB
  • NAND Flash Components: Multi-Level (MLC) NAND Flash Memory, Interface: Sata 3.0Gbp/s, Form Factor: 2.5 inch slim design
  • Life Expectancy: 2 million hours Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF), Reliability: ECC: 27 bytes of redundancy per 512 bytes of data
  • OS Compatability: Windows XP 32/64 bit, Windows Vista 32/64 bit, Windows 7 32/64 bit, Linux, Certifications: RoHS, CE, FCC
  • Max Read: up to 285 MB/s, Max Write: up to 275 MB/s, Sustained Write: up to 250 MB/s, 4k Random Write (Aligned): 50,000 IOPS, Seek Time: 0.1ms
  • Power Consumption: Idle: 0.5 Watts, Active: 2 Watts, Performance Optimization: TRIM (requires OS support)
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Technical Details

Size: 120 GB
  • Brand Name: Satechi
  • Model: OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G
  • Hard Disk Size: 120.00 GB
  • Warranty: 3 Years
  • Weight: 77 grams

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Product Details

Size: 120 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.7 x 0.4 inches ; 2.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003NE5JCO
  • Item model number: OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 20, 2010

Product Description

Size: 120 GB

From the Manufacturer

Vertex 2 Solid State Drives deliver unprecedented performance for the complete gamut of gaming and professional multimedia applications. Based on a leading architecture, OCZ designed the Vertex 2 to surpass the competition where it counts most, pushing the limits in both sequential and random read/write rates on the SATA II interface. With 4k file writes up to 50,000 IOPS, these drives take productivity to the next level with over ten times the performance of the previous generation. Using high-performance controller technology, Vertex 2 not only provides a faster, more responsive PC experience, but promotes cooler, quieter, and more energy efficient conditions compared to traditional mechanical hard drives.

OCZ Vertex 2
Delivering unprecedented performance for gaming and professional multimedia applications
Reliable, Fast Storage

The Vertex 2 makes an SSD the ideal storage alternative to hard drives and delivers the quality, reliability, and durability demanded by consumers that will not settle for anything but the best. Built with SATA 3Gb/s, the Vertex 2 Series easily integrates into today's mobile and desktop platforms and features TRIM support to optimize performance over the drive’s lifespan as an ideal Windows 7 notebook or desktop upgrade.

Lightweight and Tough

Shock resistance of up to 1500G ensures your data stays protected, in a drive that weighs only 77 grams. Get fast, durable performance in a drive that won't weigh down your laptop or notebook.

Low Power Consumption

For all their power, the Vertex 2 series of drives consume very little. Vertex 2 drives only consume 2 watts during operation, and only half a watt in standby.

3.5" Desktop Adapter Included

A 3.5" adapter for desktop drive cages is included, so you can use the Vertex 2 in laptops or desktops. The drives are RAID compatible, so you can slot them into a desktop RAID configuration as easily as into a laptop.

Available in a Wide Range of Sizes

OCZ Vertex 2 SSDs are available in 40GB to 480GB and come backed by a 3-year warranty and 2 million hour MTBF for ultimate peace of mind.

What the Critics are Saying about the OCZ Vertex 2

OCZ Vertex 2 Awards

"The Vertex 2 also clocks one of the highest single-drive PCMark Vantage HDD subscores we've ever seen, at nearly 35,000. In fact, it is as good or better than every SSD we've ever tested in nearly every category."
--MaximumPC

"The OCZ Vertex 2 100GB SSD is one of the fastest we have tested and takes the Vertex series to the next level!"
--Nathan Kirsch, Legit Reviews

"When it comes to flat out speed the Vertex 2 100GB drive that we reviewed today is like the first time I ever rode a superbike. The speed is so fast you really don't believe it and the feeling lasts for a very long time. When it comes to the user experience there is nothing else on the market in this capacity size that is able to compete toe to toe with the Vertex 2."
--Chris Ramseyer, TweakTown.com

"As of right now it is the best performing SandForce-based solid state we have tested. Overall ThinkComputers gives the OCZ Vertex 2 120GB Solid State Drive a 10 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award."
--ThinkComputers

Technical Specifications

  • Capacities: 60GB | 120GB | 240GB
  • Max Read: up to 285 MB/s
  • Max Write: up to 275 MB/s
  • Sustained Write: up to 250 MB/s
  • Random Write 4KB: 50,000 IOPS
  • Seek Time: 0.1 ms

Product Description

Based on a cutting-edge new architecture, Vertex 2 Solid State Drives deliver unprecedented performance while maintaining an affordable storage solution for early adopters looking to update their systems with the latest technology. OCZ designed the Vertex 2 to excel in both sequential and random read/write rates to take your PC or notebook productivity to the next level, featuring superb 4k random writes up to 50,000 IOPS to give a performance edge over the previous generation. Using the latest controller technology, Vertex 2 not only provides a faster, more responsive PC experience, but promotes cooler, quieter, and more energy efficient conditions compared to traditional mechanical hard drives. With solid performance coupled with supreme reliability, the Vertex 2 is designed to push the envelope in storage technology for those who place a premium on speed, reliability and efficiency, but demand the affordability of MLC flash memory. Built into SATA 3Gb/s, the Vertex 2 Series easily integrates into today's mobile and desktop platforms and features TRIM support to optimize performance over the drive's lifespan as the ultimate Windows 7 notebook or desktop upgrade.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Super fast performance.
J. Tsai
The first drive I purchased died after 2 months of use and it took OCZ 2 weeks to replace the drive.
spunk
If you look at the OCZ forums, you will see that there are quite a few people having this problem.
Phil

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

144 of 152 people found the following review helpful By c.s. on January 7, 2011
Size Name: 120 GB
I purchased 21 of these through two vendors. Two of these have failed in less than 3 months. Yes, that would be a 10% failure rate so far. When I tried to warranty the item, they ignored all of the information I put in the initial trouble ticket, delayed the RMA by requiring redundant, useless info and arguing as to whether it was purchased at an authorized retailer despite the fact that both resellers are listed on THEIR site. Each email was followed by 24-36 hours of silence from them. Bottom line, my experience in the first 3 months is 10% failure rate, and 2-3 weeks delay in warranty service. Sure, stuff happens and electronics break, but their support and delays are frustrating and unnecessary. Beware!!!!
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By S. McLean on February 25, 2011
Size Name: 60 GB Verified Purchase
I purchased this drive due to the specs on speed and an overall feeling that OCZ is quality based on memory purchases, but this experience has soured my views on OCZ. I have had this drive RMA two times now, the first issue I had was the drive would not past POST on my Gigabyte EP45 motherboard with AHCI enabled, yet my Kingston SSD would POST just fine. I followed techs suggestion to upgrade to the latest firmware etc. it didn't fix the problem. After weeks of haggling back and forth, I RMA through Amazon (Thank goodness) the replacement drive had the same model number, yet the plate on the bottom was a different make and it had a much newer firmware than what was on the OCZ web site. Low and behold, this drive would POST with AHCI enabled, so I installed my OS and had been using the drive for about a month. It was 11PM, tired, so I put my system into suspend like I normally do, then work up at 4AM and took the machine out of suspend, then Win7 went to blue screen (oh no, that's not good), so I powered off, back on to boot, NOTHING! the drive was no longer recognized (dead). I tried the drive on two other systems, in an external USB case, nothing, it's gone. Great, so I have been going back and forth again with OCZ tech, they are treating me like I did something wrong, I don't know what I am doing etc. Based on the poor quality and horrible support, I will never buy another OCZ SSD again.

Also, google OCZ vertex 2 and drives dying, this seems to be happening a lot. I'm just saying, do some research before you place your data at risk, oh yeah, backup your data daily!
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 10, 2010
Size Name: 120 GB Verified Purchase
I bought this SSD on August 21st, 2010 and it completely failed by Sept 30th, taking all my data with it. Do not buy this item. It was wickedly fast when it ran, and silent --- but the reliability it too bad to warrant purchase. (I was using Windows XP, and this was the primary drive.)

Dec 18th, 2010
OCZ replaced the drive. It runs, after a fashion. It is the primary drive for a Windows 7 Basic netbook. When the drive is working, the netbook is fast, but it locks up every couple of hours or less and stays locked up until I hard-recycle the power. I eventually removed the drive an put the conventional drive back into the computer. Not as fast, but significantly more reliable.

March 4th, 2011
I prepared the drive using the setup disks and it has now run flawlessly for 3 months. Originally, I imaged my existing drive and copied that image to my new SSD. I believe that the process of pressing the image onto the SSD is what killed the first drive. Windows 7 reports that my machine is 20% faster with the SSD than with my 120GB 7200RPM 8MB Cache, normal SATA drive. So the total system performance is significantly improved.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Adam on January 28, 2011
Size Name: 240 GB Verified Purchase
When I first got this product I was very impressed. Crazy fast boot time and applications are noticeably snappier. But after a week of use, I wanted to keep open a couple apps so I figured good old hibernate could help me. When I powered on my laptop (HP 8540w) the SSD was toast. The BIOS would not even recognize the drive. I search the OCZ forums, and found MANY reports of problems with their drives when attempting to hibernate and/or sleep. I am shocked that a technology that debuted in Windows 95 (16 years ago!) is not properly handled by an SSD. After contacting OCZ support (which took 3 days to get back to me) I was told I needed to RMA. But the cost of shipping the drive to OCZ was on me and they would not ship me a replacement until some undetermined period of time after they received the failed drive. On the bright side, Amazon's return policy was far nicer. Gave me a read-to-print package slip and all costs related to shipping were covered by Amazon. In summary, this is the last OCZ product I will ever buy, but thanks to their excellent customer service, I will continue to buy products from Amazon.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Roger Deloy Pack on April 7, 2011
Size Name: 60 GB Verified Purchase
I just bought this drive new from amazon and noticed slightly lower benchmarks than those advertised (max sustained write speed 217MB/s, max read speed 240 MB/s, with ATTO benchmark). After doing some research I believe there are actually three "generations" of this same drive, and I received a third gen drive.

The first gen. was screaming fast, using 32nm chips, the second gen. used larger size 25nm chips, and ran very slowly and had less available storage. The third gen. is medium fast, using smaller 25nm size chips, but more of them.

The second gen. drives are actually liable for an RMA from OCZ because they didn't have as much disk space as advertised.

The third gen. is what I believe is currently being sold now. Unfortunately it is about 20% slower than the first gen. in most crystaldiskmark benchmarks, and 50% slower in at least one (the 4K QD32 test--i.e. it doesn't handle noncompressed data as well).

That being said, it's still reasonably speedy (hard drive is almost never the speed bottleneck anymore [!]), but false advertising from OCZ will never win my heart, so 2 stars.

My numbers for ATTO are a bit lower than the specs, too (and that's what they're supposed to use to produce their advertised benchmarks), so it's a wonder that OCZ hasn't revised the specs. Poor showing I'd say.
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