This morning, OCZ pushed out a new firmware, dubbed 1.4RC. This is a release candidate of the upcoming performance-boosting firmware, and is meant for "enthusiasts who like to tinker with their hardware".
New Performance Specs in Red:
Max Read / Write
128GB: 535MB/s – 550MB/s / 200MB/s – 420MB/s
256GB: 535MB/s – 550MB/s / 380MB/s – 465MB/s
512GB: 535MB/s – 550MB/s / 475MB/s
As a heads up for those who are feeling froggy this Monday morning and choose to update their Vertex 4 – this is a destructive update and will wipe the drive. The updater runs within a Windows session with the Vertex 4 connected as a secondary drive. While you’re ‘under the hood’, I’d also recommend performing a secure erase with the OCZ Toolbox software after you have udpated and power cycled the SSD.
I have been able to partially confirm the performance increases, and will be reporting full results later this evening (for all three capacity points). Stay tuned!
*Note* OCZ NDA’d this update for this morning, but we have not seen where they have posted it for download from their site. We will post a link in the comments below once it has become available.
Thank you Allen. Quick
Thank you Allen. Quick question. I thought OCZ had designed the drive so that destructive updates weren’t required? It’s one of the reasons I’m considering these drives over the Samsung 830.
Most updates these days are
Most updates these days are non-destructive, but this one is – either because of its pre-release nature or due to fundamental differences in the way it manages the flash. When such changes are made, the SSD must start from a clean slate as the new data structure would be incompatible with the old methods that had written them.
Allyn, OCZ posted the release
Allyn, OCZ posted the release candidate http://www.ocztechnology.com/ssd_tools/Vertex_4/
Awesome, thanks for letting
Awesome, thanks for letting us know!
I’m currently considering
I’m currently considering getting the Vertex 4 instead of the M4, anyone got any thoughts?
Heh, I’m a fan of the Samsung
Heh, I’m a fan of the Samsung 830 series 😉
Actually, check this out 🙂
Actually, check this out 🙂 http://www.ebay.com/itm/Crucial-M4-CT128M4SSD2-2-5-128GB-SATA-III-MLC-Internal-Solid-State-Drive-/290707134441#ht_3580wt_1184
Hurry up with the updated
Hurry up with the updated Vertex4 review Allyn! Can’t wait to see results 🙂
any chance you have the 128g version to test against the samsung 830 128g? That would be a good comparison
Got my 128gig Vertex 4 a
Got my 128gig Vertex 4 a couple days ago for $139.99!!
Updated the firmware and I can confirm the speed increases also. Hopefully future updates will not be destructive as I will have to make a clone drive :(, no second machine….
Hop for review of the Ocz
Hop for review of the Ocz Vertex 4 with FW 1.4RC here http://www.guru3d.com/article/ocz-vertex-4-ssd-revisited-with-fw-14rc-review/ as well as here http://www.storagereview.com/ocz_vertex_4_ssd_review_firmware_v14rc
See release notes from
See release notes from OCZ:
Fully validated and official firmware releases do not alter the data on your OCZ SSD, but we recommend you have a current backup of your data before updating the firmware.
1.4 is no longer beta/release
1.4 is no longer beta/release candidate, and seems to work quite well, wrote up all the details here: