Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts
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- *Really* fast throughput – saturating SATA 6Gb/sec.
- Excellent IOPS scaling at higher queue depths.
- Overall performance similar to the more expensive Vertex 3 Pro, with the added bonus of more accessible storage.
- Odd stutter observed on our batch file write test (possibly due to beta firmware, and also present in the Vertex 3 Pro beta we tested last week).
- Performance at lower queue depths could be improved upon.
- Price (see below)
- 120G @ $249 ($2.07 / GB)
- 240G @ $499 ($2.07 / GB)
We haven’t been able to find these drives for sale quite yet, but all indicators point to a very quick release to places like Newegg, TigerDirect, etc.
OCZ was the first to get next generation SandForce out the door, and with a consumer Vertex 3 following just 1 week after their Pro model, they seem to have closed their lead-time gap considerably. We were happy to see the consumer model not suffer too greatly from the reduction in spare area necessary to hand more available storage space to the user. The only thing left to do is work a few remaining kinks out of the firmware and start shipping.
With a greatly reduced cost/GB and again very good performance, I must still bite my tongue and hold back on an award. We need to see a more stable and consistent retail level firmware before we can issue final judgement on this new SandForce controller.