You may think of SSDs as a very new technology for mainstream users; something that is only true compared to platter technology.  Intel has already hit their second generation and one of the biggest improvements was the price; not to take anything away from its performance numbers.  Now it is OCZ’s turn, with the third generation of their Vertex series.  The newest is a 120GB Vertex Turbo drive which will set you back just over $400.  From Benchmark Reviews testing, the only drive in their suite to beat the new drive was the SLC based Vertex EX, drop by to see how close it was.

“With generation 3 guidelines for the 6.0 GBps SATA interface already being used in prototype motherboards for show at the not-so-distant 2010 CES in January, it’s understandable to see the speeds of Solid State Drive products increase so quickly with each new model. The Indilinx Barefoot controller has become the backbone chip for over a dozen different SSD models, first introduced in the OCZ Vertex SSD, and now make a return appearance in the OCZ Vertex Turbo SSD series.

Identical to the popular OCZ Vertex SSD in every aspect except NAND selection, the Vertex Turbo SSD series offers the same Indilinx ‘Barefoot’ controller and 64MB of DRAM buffer, but now boasts ultra-fast 270/200 MBps read and write speeds. Benchmark Reviews tests the reaction time and bandwidth performance for the 120GB OCZ Vertex Turbo SSD OCZSSD2-1VTXT120G model against over two dozen other storage products in this article. “

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