OCZ Vertex 3 update adds 20nm NAND, lowers I/O performance?

By on February 20, 2013, 4:00 PM

OCZ's Vertex 3 SSD line-up is about to receive a minor hardware update, a company press release indicates. It appears OCZ's upcoming Vertex 3.20 drives are essentially the same as their predecessors, but will feature a NAND (memory) die-shrink from 25nm to 20nm. This memory cell miniaturization should result in slightly improved thermals, a one-watt decrease in power consumption and possibly reduced manufacturing costs.

A number of other manufacturers have already introduced SSDs stuffed with 20nm-based flash chips, including Intel with their 335 series and Samsung's 840 drives.

The Vertex 3.20 will ship in 120GB and 240GB capacities first, with a massive 480GB model following closely behind. The company's current offerings under its Vertex 3 umbrella include 60GB and 90GB flavors, but no drives less than 120GB were address in the press release. This may suggest OCZ is shifting its focus to larger capacity SSDs.

The MLC-based drives will sport the same "proven" LSI SandForce SF-2200 as previous models, but OCZ's specs indicate there may be a slight dip in I/O performance. Interestingly, while random read (550MB/s) and random write (520MB/s) metrics remain the same, OCZ indicates its new Vertex models are hamstringed at 35K IOPS in random reads and 65K IOPS in random writes. Previous generations advertise 60K IOPS read and 85K IOPS write. Realistically though, users will be hard-pressed to tell the difference outside synthetic benchmarks. The reason behind this possible I/O performance disparity is unknown.

All Vertex 3.20 SSDs will ship with a three-year warranty.




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2 people like this | treeski treeski said:

Cheaper manufacturing costs and reduced performance = cheaper price, right? RIGHT?!

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Cheaper manufacturing costs and reduced performance = cheaper price, right? RIGHT?!
One could only hope!!!

ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

Cheaper manufacturing costs and reduced performance = cheaper price, right? RIGHT?!

That would only make sense, so my guess is no. Haha

Guest said:

I don't know why they even produce those things unless they are aimed at some OEM computers with a bunch of office workers. The vector is the SSD enthusiasts are buying and recommending to their friends.

uJonesing uJonesing said:

The vector is the SSD enthusiasts are buying and recommending to their friends.

Any "enthusiast" who recommends an OCZ SSD to their friends isn't a friend. Hell, at my local nerd shop they always have some OCZ SSD on display and the floorguys routinely steer people away from it.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Any "enthusiast" who recommends an OCZ SSD to their friends isn't a friend.
I am either not an enthusiast or no friend of yours. I currently have an OCZ Agility III and have had no issues that I'm aware of. I have absolutely no problem recommending OCZ products to anyone, friend or enemy.

Maybe its the word enthusiast that I have a problem with in your statement. PC enthusiast still have differences in opinion even though they are better educated on PC topics. These opinions shouldn't weigh heavy on basis for friendship.

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