So, waited for a while to upgrade my workstation with an ssd drive as they were both MASSIVELY expensive and had a very low MTBF (mean-time before failure) value. But yesterday I received my all new (kinda expensive) Vertex 2 with a peak read of 285 MB/s! And the teoretical write speed isn’t far behind (275 MB/s). And my verdict? It’s totaly awsome. Boot time approx 14s~ after a FRESH install. However this grows (naturally) after installing antivirus, etc etc. But my mean boot time (excluding the bios screen) is about 30 s~ (Before: 1 min 20s at most, 50~ s after some tweaking). And it’s blazingly fast at loading everything from chrome to lightroom.

However it doesn’t seem to handle multiple application access as good as a regular harddrive, but I can live with it. What happends is that during times when multiple applications are working, one or more will “hang” for a few seconds as the harddrive are trying to keep up with the multiple accessess. This is however only an observation, I havn’t performed any extensive testing.

Initial test after complete installation of Windows 7:

CrystalDiskMark 3.0 (C) 2007-2010 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/

  • MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]

         Sequential Read :   202.721 MB/s
        Sequential Write :    99.016 MB/s
       Random Read 512KB :   198.337 MB/s
      Random Write 512KB :   100.078 MB/s
    

    Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 19.721 MB/s [ 4814.6 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 59.796 MB/s [ 14598.6 IOPS]
    Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 97.293 MB/s [ 23753.2 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 97.871 MB/s [ 23894.2 IOPS]

    Test : 50 MB [C: 29.0% (16.2/55.8 GB)] (x5)
    Date : 2010/06/22 21:42:2
    OS : Windows 7 [6.1 Build 7600] (x86)

As we see the teoretical speed can’t be reached with this test, however the test values are really good if you compare to ordinary drivers.

After browsing to OCZ’s homepage I downloaded the newest firmware (1.10) and installed it, after two reboots this is what I ended up with:

CrystalDiskMark 3.0 (C) 2007-2010 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/

  • MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]

         Sequential Read :   206.956 MB/s
        Sequential Write :   100.454 MB/s
       Random Read 512KB :   199.712 MB/s
      Random Write 512KB :   100.908 MB/s
    

    Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 25.993 MB/s [ 6345.8 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 57.944 MB/s [ 14146.6 IOPS]
    Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 151.700 MB/s [ 37036.2 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 100.849 MB/s [ 24621.3 IOPS]

    Test : 50 MB [C: 29.3% (16.4/55.8 GB)] (x5)
    Date : 2010/06/22 22:02:01
    OS : Windows 7 [6.1 Build 7600] (x86)

As you can see here it increases the speed slightly on all test values, but the Random Read 4KB increased by over 50 MB/s!