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OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SSD review

by Tarinder Sandhu on 29 September 2010, 07:23 4.5


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Final thoughts and rating

Our numbers show that the OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SSD packs a meaty benchmark punch. Fast in reading and writing both large and small files, the premium performance of the drive is sweetened by a current retail price of £190.

Translating to a cost-per-GB of £1.58, which is decidedly good value for a high-quality SSD, we can recommend it to folk who are looking for a speedy boot drive that's large enough to hold the operating system and a slew of programs and games.

The ongoing competition between OCZ and Corsair is making 120GB SandForce drives' pricing rather attractive to the enthusiast, so we'd encourage readers to snap one up before prices are hiked again.

Bottom line: OCZ's Vertex 2E 120GB SSD offers premium performance at, for the moment, a mainstream price. Pick one up while you can.

The Good

Excellent read and write performance
Attractive cost-per-GB
TRIM support

The Bad

Drive may not reach peak performance with incompressible data

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The OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB solid-state drive can be purchased from SCAN.co.uk*.

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Great review Tarinder, its a shame it didnt appear like a week ago when i was looking at bits but oh well :p

Are prices likely to be hiked? I deliberately dropped these out of my last order because the prices dropped from 220 to 190 in the space of a few days so i figured in a couple of months they may have dropped a further £20-30
FYI, the Vertex 2E BigFoot is a fair chunk cheaper, same board, just in a 3.5" frame.
FYI, the Vertex 2E BigFoot is a fair chunk cheaper, same board, just in a 3.5" frame.

Didn't realise that they started doing this. will definately have to take a look at these when it comes to upgrading the drive in my desktop. Shame can only find one retailer selling them currently.

edit, ignore that last bit. stupid google products
I got one of these a few weeks ago, for £215… Damn good drive although I must point out that SMART compatibility is a bit of an issue with Gigabyte BIOS. Most their boards have beta BIOS to fix the issue but there are a few without.

Mine had the required BIOS update so everything is perfect, although there is no difference in performance just a few seconds extra on your AHCI check on start up.
You guys need to check out the new OCZ IBIS review on Anandtech. It's very fast indeed :D