Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup

Internals:

Before diving in, I'd like to point out this new Vertex carries the same excellent housing as the Vector. It's a bit on the heavy side, but it's certainly made with high quality materials:

Warranty voidance maneuver:

PCB front:

PCB back, showing 8 more flash packages and the other half of the RAM:

PCB layout is identical to that of the OCZ Vector. Here is a close-up of the goods:

The new iteration of the Barefoot, dubbed BF3-M10, drives IMFT-packaged 20nm flash. It seems OCZ has opted to not package the flash themselves on this go around.

Testing Methodology

Our tests are a mix of synthetic and real-world benchmarks. PCMark, IOMeter, HDTach, HDTune, Yapt and our custom File Copy test round out the selection to cover just about all bases. If you have any questions about our tests just drop into the Storage Forum and we'll help you out! 

Test System Setup

We currently employ a pair of testbeds. Our trusty Z68 SandyBridge testbed sits along side a newer ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt.Results between both boards have been +/- 2% of each other – well within the best data scatter of a typical benchmark.

PC Perspective would like to thank ASUS, Corsair, and Kingston for supplying some of the components of our test rigs. 


Hard Drive Test System Setup
CPU Intel Core i5-2500K
Motherboard Asus P8Z68-V Pro
Memory Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3-2133 CL9
Hard Drive G.Skill 32GB SLC SSD
Sound Card N/A
Video Card Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Video Drivers Intel
Power Supply Corsair CMPSU-650TX
DirectX Version DX9.0c
Operating System Windows 7 X64
  • PCMark05
  • Yapt
  • IOMeter
  • HDTach
  • HDTune
  • PCPer File Copy Test

 

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