OCZ 120GB Vertex Plus SSD £99.99 from Ebuyer
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OCZ 120GB Vertex Plus SSD £99.99 from Ebuyer

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Posted 10th Nov 2011
OCZ Vertex Plus Solid State Drives are the faster, cooler, quieter, and more durable alternative to conventional hard disc drives. In combination with the latest flash memory, the Vertex Plus features the revolutionary new Indilinx Arowana FTL with HyperQueuing, which significantly increases sequential write speeds and random IOPS over the previous generation FTL. With excellent reliability and lower power consuming NAND flash, these SSDs use less energy while giving you real-world results in your everyday computing and battery life. Complete with TRIM support, Vertex Plus is the ultimate notebook or desktop upgrade.

Compared to its predecessor, Vertex Plus features higher sequential speeds along with improved 4KB random write IOPS, while offering excellent uncompressed data performance. Thanks to cost effective NAND and controller technology, the Vertex Plus offers lower cost per gigabyte configurations than competing drives on the market, making them excellent starting points into the world of SSDs.

The Vertex Plus Series is an ideal upgrade option for system boot drives, RAID arrays, or as primary laptop storage at an ultra-attractive price point.

Performance
Max Read: up to 250 MB/s
Max Write: up to 160 MB/s
Random Write 4k (Aligned): 4,800 IOPS

Specificatiom

•64MB Onboard Cache
•TRIM Support
•Seek Time: .1ms
•Slim 2.5" Design
•Size = 100 (L) x 70 (W) x 9.19mm (H)
•Lightweight: 88g
•Operating Temp: 0°C ~ 70°C
•Ambient Temp: 0°C ~ 55°C
•Storage Temp: -45°C ~ +85°C
•Low Power Consumption: 1.5W active,.3W standby
•Shock Resistant up to 1500G
•RAID Support
•MTBF: 1.5 million hours
•3-Year Warranty
•Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7 (32/64 bit), Linux, Mac OSX
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I think the rise in price of normal HDD's is finally meaning more people are buying SSD.. hence the drop in price... hopefully this will continue..

Anyway cheapest I have seen a 120gb so far

231 in stock at time of posting


Edited by: "TheMev" 10th Nov 2011
brookheather

Already posted a month ago at this … Already posted a month ago at this price:http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/ocz-120gb-vertex-plus-series-2-5-solid-state-drive-99-99-delivered-dabs-1022720



Missed that one... but much easier to get free postage from Ebuyer.. I expect most suppliers will price match...
Edited by: "TheMev" 10th Nov 2011
Great price - glad to see it really go below £1/1Mb eBuyer have it on their site at the same price, plus you get 3% QuidCo
Excellent deal. Picking one up right now to throw into this Asus UL50at laptop I got from another HUKD Deal.
Same price @ Dabs, for those people in Scotland who *^^&* eBuyer won't give free shipping to.

Edited by: "djfluff" 10th Nov 2011
brookheather

Already posted a month ago at this … Already posted a month ago at this price:http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/ocz-120gb-vertex-plus-series-2-5-solid-state-drive-99-99-delivered-dabs-1022720



Actually six weeks ago, so fair game for a re-post. I know there have been a few issues mentioned with these OCZ SSDs, but under £100 for a 120GB drive can't be bad, especially in these days of rising mechanical hard disk prices. Heat added.
TheMev

I expect most suppliers will price match...



Amazon are normally one of the first to leap on the price matching bandwagon, but they're still £130 at the moment:

amazon.co.uk/OCZ…8-1
andyken

I know there have been a few issues mentioned with these OCZ SSDs, but … I know there have been a few issues mentioned with these OCZ SSDs, but under £100 for a 120GB drive can't be bad, especially in these days of rising mechanical hard disk prices. Heat added.



What issues are there ? I was searching for the issues when I came accross this thread. Could you point me in the right direction ?

Thanks

Edited by: "waterden" 10th Nov 2011
I wish that SSD manufacturers would start giving Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) rates.
alebastra

I wish that SSD manufacturers would start giving Mean Time Between … I wish that SSD manufacturers would start giving Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) rates.


It's 1.5 million hrs, just under specifications in the original post.
waterden

What issues are there ? I was searching for the issues when I came … What issues are there ? I was searching for the issues when I came accross this thread. Could you point me in the right direction ?Thanks



Type ocz ssd reliability into google and you'll find some interesting reading. It looks like quite a few problems were caused by early adopters not really knowing what they were doing and setting them up/using them wrongly (e.g. defragmenting, which you should never do to an ssd). Other problems have been subsequently addressed with a firmware update.

Bear in mind that if you are looking to stick an ssd into a computer/laptop that's more than 3 years old or so, it may not work at all. I read all the hype about ssds and bought one for my 4 year old desktop and the system couldn't recognise it properly. Had to buy a new motherboard (and memory) in the end, so cost a lot more than I originally anticipated. Now works well and has speeded up booting and opening programs, but was it worth (effectively) over £150.00? Frankly no.
Good deal if you want the least reliable SSD you can get.
Aardark

Good deal if you want the least reliable SSD you can get.



Got any figures on reliability / failure rates? All I see is anecdotal, no comparisons with other manufacturers.
Anybody know whether this is the new 25nm NAND or older 34nm flash model?
I had a Vertex 2. Died completely, without warning 4 months in, wouldn't even recognise the drive in the bios of both the PCs I tried it in.

OCZ have an awful RMA policy too. They won't cover the shipping for returns and you have to pay to have it shipped by recorded delivery to the Netherlands, cost me £20. Not to mention, as the drive was impossible for me to wipe, I had to trust OCZ with my data.

So yeah, I won't be buying OCZ (or sandforce) again.
Poor hard drives if you have the money invest in either Intel or Corsair better reliability
I've had 1 of these die after 5 months, currently going through the RMA process which they've agreed to send me a replacement. It looks like it'll take about 2 weeks from reporting to getting the replacement. If you do get 1 make sure to back up regularly. Speed of the drive is awesome.
250/160mb/s?? wow thats slow for an SSD, better off getting the agility 3 £20 more.. loads up in like 20 seconds whereas this would take 40 maybe 50 seconds. and 7200 rpm drives are like 100mbs anyway lol
@RandomUsername
Random read/write are what matters really, not sequential.
mikerr

@RandomUsernameRandom read/write are what matters really, not sequential.



this is 4,800 iops and agility 3 is 80,000 lol..
tek-monkey

Got any figures on reliability / failure rates? All I see is anecdotal, … Got any figures on reliability / failure rates? All I see is anecdotal, no comparisons with other manufacturers.



2010 failure rates are quoted on here:

foliovision.com/201…ity

Interestingly, someone mentioned Corsair for being more reliable. According to the stats in there .... not much. Intel and Kingston (the newer models at any rate .... older ones require a firmware update) are the ones to go for apparently.

I just stuck a 96gb Kingston SSD in my netbook and I'm well happy with it. Memory was already maxed out and it has dedicated GFX so short of soldering on a new processor, thats about as good as it's gonna get.
dont know about the 3 year old or so pc not being able to use one, ive got one working on an old amd semperon
irradiated

dont know about the 3 year old or so pc not being able to use one, ive … dont know about the 3 year old or so pc not being able to use one, ive got one working on an old amd semperon


I slapped a 40Gb intel SSD in the crappest PC I could find in our office (Aging p4 with 1GB). What a difference ! Made it out-perform some of the core 2's we have
tek-monkey

Got any figures on reliability / failure rates? All I see is anecdotal, … Got any figures on reliability / failure rates? All I see is anecdotal, no comparisons with other manufacturers.


Here's another source in addition to what was already posted: hardware-revolution.com/bes…11/
Great price for a useful amount of storage. I've got the smaller capacity version of this and while it might not be the fastest SSD, if you're switching your primary drive to this, your machine will fly!
djfluff

I slapped a 40Gb intel SSD in the crappest PC I could find in our office … I slapped a 40Gb intel SSD in the crappest PC I could find in our office (Aging p4 with 1GB). What a difference ! Made it out-perform some of the core 2's we have



I don't mean to be rude, but that's the sort of rubbish that is perpetuated about SSDs all the time.

An SSD cannot make an old Pentium 4 out perform a Core 2 Duo. Yes it can make it boot faster and make programs open quicker, but it will not increase the system's overall speed or processing power.
Edited by: "andyken" 10th Nov 2011
i think he maybe means in everyday use, not actual number crunching video edits etc
this is what an ssd does to a system, makes it much snappier than one without therefore appearing to be quicker, in everyday tasks, than much higher specced non ssd machines
andyken

Amazon are normally one of the first to leap on the price matching … Amazon are normally one of the first to leap on the price matching bandwagon, but they're still £130 at the moment:http://www.amazon.co.uk/OCZ-Vertex-120GB-2-5-inch-Internal/dp/B003NE5JCO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320921520&sr=8-1



That's for a Vertex 2. This is a Vertex Plus.
andyken

I don't mean to be rude, but that's the sort of rubbish that is … I don't mean to be rude, but that's the sort of rubbish that is perpetuated about SSDs all the time.An SSD cannot make an old Pentium 4 out perform a Core 2 Duo. Yes it can make it boot faster and make programs open quicker, but it will not increase the system's overall speed or processing power.



Whilst it doesn't increase the overall processing power I think that boot time and program access time are valid measures of system performance, don't you?
I would spend the extra £30 and get one of these....

http://www.****/products/120gb-corsair-force-sries-3-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-sandforce-read-550mb-s-write-510mb-s-85000-iops-pc

Considerably faster 85,000 iops and I understand the failure issue on the sandforce controller is resolved in the latest firmware.

It's on Scan not sure why it got cencered?




Edited by: "voicon" 10th Nov 2011
becareful with this company, most of their stuff must be grey products. You might find out that after the first year warranty direct with them, you will be then required to send your drive in the other side of the world to get attention and also pay for the postage if you want it back as it will be considered OUTSIDE OF SERVICE AREA, same as it is happened with my samsung drive. I consider this a very dubious business as they do not say exactly which is which unless you possibly ask . I would always suggest to get written confirmation before you purchase anything from them, especially Hard Drives. In few words, most of their stuff must not be from an official UK genuine origins. Not really worth in order to save few pounds
I had corsair with thr latest firmware and still had freezing issues occasionally. it has improved from twice a day to once a fortnight but was still occuring so sent it back and bought crucial. not as fast but works a treat anyway. so good ive ordered another one for my netbook. much more expensive though so heat for a price
RandomUsername

250/160mb/s?? wow thats slow for an SSD, better off getting the agility 3 … 250/160mb/s?? wow thats slow for an SSD, better off getting the agility 3 £20 more.. loads up in like 20 seconds whereas this would take 40 maybe 50 seconds. and 7200 rpm drives are like 100mbs anyway lol


This is a SATA2 drive, obviously it's going to be slower than a SATA3 drive, dur. So, it's not 'slow', it's just the SATA II drive speeds.

voicon

I would spend the extra £30 and get one of … I would spend the extra £30 and get one of these....http://www.****/products/120gb-corsair-force-sries-3-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-sandforce-read-550mb-s-write-510mb-s-85000-iops-pcConsiderably faster 85,000 iops and I understand the failure issue on the sandforce controller is resolved in the latest firmware.It's on Scan not sure why it got cencered?


Not really much point getting a more expensive faster SATA III drive if whoever is buying it only has SATA II motherboard
Edited by: "onion86" 10th Nov 2011
onion86

Not really much point getting a more expensive faster SATA III drive if … Not really much point getting a more expensive faster SATA III drive if whoever is buying it only has SATA II motherboard



not strictly true, your buying newer tech which will still be getting firmware updates/improvements so depending on the price diff id buy the newest all the time
oh and if you upgrade in the near future its one less thing to buy again, unless you build a complete new system each time

Edited by: "irradiated" 10th Nov 2011
Its a nightmare updating the firmware on these. Without new firmware the SSd will keep checking your disc and corrupt data
Its really worth paying the extra £30 and getting this one

ebuyer.com/268…-bk

At double the read and write speed.
Anthony2oo5

Its really worth paying the extra £30 and getting this … Its really worth paying the extra £30 and getting this onehttp://www.ebuyer.com/268693-corsair-120gb-force-3-ssd-cssd-f120gb3-bk-cssd-f120gb3-bkAt double the read and write speed.



force 3 are awful, had one before had to return it because it was faulty, agility 3 is better
andyken

I don't mean to be rude, but that's the sort of rubbish that is … I don't mean to be rude, but that's the sort of rubbish that is perpetuated about SSDs all the time.An SSD cannot make an old Pentium 4 out perform a Core 2 Duo. Yes it can make it boot faster and make programs open quicker, but it will not increase the system's overall speed or processing power.


The PC's in question do not perform any CPU/GPU intensive tasks. MS office & web based programs / browsing or thin provisioned apps. Of course SSD's don't increase processing power, but they do improve a system's overall speed.
Edited by: "djfluff" 11th Nov 2011
abigsmurf

I had a Vertex 2. Died completely, without warning 4 months in, wouldn't … I had a Vertex 2. Died completely, without warning 4 months in, wouldn't even recognise the drive in the bios of both the PCs I tried it in.OCZ have an awful RMA policy too. They won't cover the shipping for returns and you have to pay to have it shipped by recorded delivery to the Netherlands, cost me £20. Not to mention, as the drive was impossible for me to wipe, I had to trust OCZ with my data.So yeah, I won't be buying OCZ (or sandforce) again.



Mine died with the "red light of death" last week at 50 weeks old. No chance to recover any data, but fortunately I had a 1 week old backup that I could put on a retired drive. Scan have been very quick with the RMA turnaround and should get a replacement very soon. Not sure I would buy another OCZ by choice though. Why did you have to send to Netherlands?

Good backup discipline saved me a huge load of agro, if you have an SSD get into the habit folks because there is generally no warning of problems.
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