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System Specs & File Copy Test

Core i5 Test System Specs
- Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition (Overclocked @ 3.70GHz)
- x3 2GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (CAS 9-9-9-24)
- Asus P6T Deluxe (Intel X58)
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB
- G.Skill Falcon II
- OCZ Vertex 128GB
- OCZ Vertex Limited Edition 100GB
- OCZ Vertex 2 Pro 100GB
- HIS Radeon HD 5750 (1GB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
- ATI Catalyst 10.1

Please note that for testing purposes we first ran each SSD through HD Tach's full disk benchmark, which fills the drive with a single contiguous file and thus forces a block rewrite for every successive write request. This was done to simulate the degradation problem that SSDs without support for the TRIM function are likely to face.

The OCZ Vertex LE 100GB performed in much the same way after we ran the full disk benchmark, as it does support the TRIM function and it appears to work well.

As expected, the OCZ Vertex LE performs very much like the Vertex 2 Pro, producing an average transfer speed of 82.8MB/s when duplicating a single 6GB ISO file. This made the Vertex LE roughly 6.5% faster than the Intel X25-M G2, which averaged 5MB/s less and took 5 more seconds to complete the task. The Vertex LE was also around 71% faster than a traditional hard drive (Samsung Spinpoint F1).

We were surprised to see the OCZ Vertex LE was considerably slower than the Vertex 2 Pro when running our program copy test. The limited edition drive was only able to match the performance of the original Vertex, making it 5% slower than the Intel X25-M G2 and 15% slower than the OCZ Vertex 2 Pro. While these are disappointing results, they hardly make the OCZ Vertex LE slow.

Once again OCZ's Vertex LE was found to be slower than the Vertex 2 Pro, this time by a 12% performance margin. This also meant it was 14% slower than the Intel X25-M G2, while defeating the original Vertex by a 5% margin.