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OCZ Technology Vertex 3 Pro SandForce 2582 200GB SATA 6G SSD Review

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: OCZ Technology
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Introduction and Specifications

Introduction:   
Today we get a look at the first SATA 6Gb/sec offering from OCZ, sporting a new SandForce controller. Our test unit came to us in engineering sample form, with pre-release firmware. The new 'Vertex 3 Pro' labels did not yet exist at the time of shipment, hence the 2001 Monolith action seen below:


Sitting next to a Vertex 2 we can see the outside packaging is identical to the previous generation.
The New SandForce SF-2000 Controller

 
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This new controller is significantly improved over the SF-1xxx line, offering much more than just a faster SATA interface.


New features include the SATA 6Gb/sec interface with a corresponding 2x gain in data throughput, along with improved IOPS performance. Also new is SAS support for differing sector sizes (used for enterprise-specific applications). To assist with the lower erase cycle count of 2x nm flash, ECC has been bumped up to 55 bits/sector and uses the more advanced BCH coding for error correction.
Security features are very interesting with this new controller.
To achieve NIST certification, SandForce added an *additional* encryption engine,
meaning all data is encrypted at both ends of the pipeline. 

 
These are the projected figures from back when we were briefed on the SF-2xxx.

Specifications:

(per OCZ)
  • Max read: 550 MB/sec
  • Max write: 500 MB/sec
  • 4KB Random Write (4K aligned): Up to 70,000 IOPS

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