OCZ Updates Vertex 4 Enthusiasts to 1.4 Release Candidate Firmware

Subject: Storage | May 7, 2012 - 10:27 AM |
Tagged: Vertex 4, sata, ocz, firmware

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".

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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.

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May 7, 2012 | 11:36 AM - Posted by Mr King

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.

May 7, 2012 | 11:43 AM - Posted by Allyn Malventano

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.

May 8, 2012 | 12:47 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Allyn, OCZ posted the release candidate http://www.ocztechnology.com/ssd_tools/Vertex_4/

May 8, 2012 | 01:20 PM - Posted by Allyn Malventano

Awesome, thanks for letting us know!

May 7, 2012 | 01:08 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I'm currently considering getting the Vertex 4 instead of the M4, anyone got any thoughts?

May 7, 2012 | 03:04 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Heh, I'm a fan of the Samsung 830 series ;)

May 7, 2012 | 05:11 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Actually, check this out :) http://www.ebay.com/itm/Crucial-M4-CT128M4SSD2-2-5-128GB-SATA-III-MLC-In...

May 9, 2012 | 01:01 AM - Posted by Tbone (not verified)

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


May 9, 2012 | 10:51 AM - Posted by Lee Nelson (not verified)

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....

May 10, 2012 | 09:30 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

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-re... as well as here http://www.storagereview.com/ocz_vertex_4_ssd_review_firmware_v14rc

May 11, 2012 | 03:16 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

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.

May 22, 2012 | 12:57 AM - Posted by tinkererguy (not verified)

1.4 is no longer beta/release candidate, and seems to work quite well, wrote up all the details here:

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