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OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5IN SATA3 Indilinx 560MB/S Read 430MB/S Write Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD

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Subject: I would not buy an OCZ Vertex 4 again. I recommend you stay away.
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Zabby Feb 02, 2013 02:25 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I have had TWO drive failures since April 2012.

The RMA address is in the United States making it expensive and time consuming to ship (unlike many hard drive manufacturers). I have now had to do this twice, at significant cost.

It also took OCZ three weeks to mail me a new drive after my defective drive arrived at their RMA location.

If you Google search about the Vertex 4's reliability (or lack thereof), you may find that my experiences are not isolated.

Topic URL: http://forums.ncix.com/forums/topic.php?id=2588794

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Kramy Feb 02, 2013 02:52 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I've had two OCZ SSDs fail as well. (out of 3 purchased) Definitely not the most reliable manufacturer of drives.

I disagree with your other statements. I live in a small town, so it costs about ~$14.50 to ship dead drives to Ontario (usually where the DHL/UPS forwarding addresses are), or ~$9.50 to California. When I shipped an SSD it cost $2.20 instead. (Remember, these things are shock immune like RAM)

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Yoinkerman Feb 02, 2013 03:06 PM Reply | Bookmark
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These are definitely small enough to put in a bubble package

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XtremeDay Feb 02, 2013 03:12 PM Reply | Bookmark
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1 out of millions and millions sold looks like you just have bad luck :)

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Lsi Feb 02, 2013 07:59 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I've had Agility 3, Vertex 3, Vertex 2, Vertex, and multiple Petrols fail so no I wouldn't say this is an isolated case. Vertex 4 is Marvell-based like my multiple Petrols that failed (one of which they replaced with a Petrol that had nand chips falling out of its chassis when I opened the blister pack), but I wasn't impressed enough with its PCMark performance to buy more than 1. OCZ's reliability with their Marvell-based drives has been very, very spotty although their badly written "Indilinx infused" firmware has been a significant factor. I've used many more of their SF-based ones and their reliability is generally good. Sadly I am quite familiar with OCZ's SSD RMA process vs not being familar with Plextor, Mushkin, Crucial, Corsair or Intel's despite having bought and sold a significant volume of those other brands.

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My drive info...

I sure as hell am no fan of OCZ though.

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Zabby Feb 04, 2013 10:02 AM Reply | Bookmark
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There's a lot of posts online and on NCIX forums complaining about OCZ SSDs and the Vertex 4. To people posting their drive info I would like to make two points.

Even if a drive has a horrible reliability, say 30% failure rate, you're still probably going to have a good drive yourself.

Second, you are posting the expected lifetime of your NAND flash. What happens when these SSDs suddenly die, as I understand it, is that the Indilinx controller chip craps out. I ran a test like that not long before my drive failed and it showed similar numbers.

As for shipping - that's weird that some people find it cheaper to ship to California than to the GTA, this is not my experience. Also, if you're shipping things for two bucks, you aren't using a trackable package. Do you guys think this is a waste of money for RMAs?

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Stiles Feb 04, 2013 10:36 AM Reply | Bookmark
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I dont use it for expected lifetime, just for reads/writes.

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Ultimate Guy™ Feb 04, 2013 12:50 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I bought an OCZ Octane SII drive and the first 3 of them failed within the first week. Complete garbage. I will never buy another OCZ product again. I was lucky that I was able to convince the store I was dealing with to let me exchange it for a much more reliable Intel drive.

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Lsi Feb 04, 2013 02:18 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Yes the Octane SII was a confusingly named Marvell-based async drive like the Petrol (but with a SATA2 interface) with similarly severe reliability problems due to firmware. Most async Marvell based "Indilinx-infused" drives had major reliability issues (Petrol, Octane SII, and Agility 4) and I basically stopped even evaluating them after the Petrol issues. I've haven't had the same problems with the Octane (SATA3 version) which has sync flash vs async, but the Octane was basically a marginal version of a Crucial M4 / Plextor M5S architecture.

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Draaax Feb 04, 2013 03:41 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I question the accuracy of SSDlife. I use it as well, on two computers, but I have only ever seen it read 100% ... does anyone have a screenshot showing anything different?

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Ryan_M May 08, 2013 11:41 AM Reply | Bookmark
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I just pulled a 97% on mine. I was having some speed woes and during a benchmark of a new RAID drive bay I decided to benchmark the Vertex 4 and YEOW is it hurting!!

HD Tune: OCZ-VERTEX4 Benchmark

Transfer Rate Minimum : 64.7 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Maximum : 184.1 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Average : 99.7 MB/sec
Access Time : 0.1 ms
Burst Rate : 87.7 MB/sec
CPU Usage : -1.0%

Going to be testing a few solutions before panic sets in.. :P

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Meistras kokteilis May 08, 2013 11:51 AM Reply | Bookmark
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most companies use atto to show you drive speeds.

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SuPa DoNkEy May 08, 2013 12:14 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Agility 3 and Vector owner here. No problem so far. I hope mine doesn't crap out.

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Kame May 08, 2013 01:05 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I have purchased a Vertex 2 and a Vertex 3 for family computers and they still run fine. The Vertex 3 used to BSOD and check file system often but that was remedied by an obvious firmware upgrade.

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Ryan_M May 08, 2013 03:53 PM Reply | Bookmark
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The 1.5 FW makes a big difference if you are using more than 50% of the disk.
HD Tune: OCZ-VERTEX4 Benchmark

Transfer Rate Minimum : 146.6 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Maximum : 226.5 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Average : 214.1 MB/sec
Access Time : 0.1 ms
Burst Rate : 84.0 MB/sec
CPU Usage : -1.0%

Getting the drive upgraded to the 1.5 FW was a freaking nightmare, and in the end I actually had to use a spare test-bench PC to boot off the OCZ supplied ISO.

I'm lucky in that I have all the tools for cloning, so I didn't lose anything but an afternoon of time.

One shortcut I found was the test bench machine has a nice chipset, so I was able to pop the SSD out while running, leave it for 30 seconds, and then plug it back in without issue. This saved me a reboot.

UPDATE: If you flash the SSD with new firmware it WILL lose all the history for the device and you will be back to "100%" health. I could see shady folks doing this and then flogging the drive in 'good as new' condition even with a year+ of use. Bummer.

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Sourtimer May 08, 2013 04:49 PM Reply | Bookmark
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OCZ SSDs are garbage. Their memory was garbage and their PSUs are garbage.

Want an SSD, get a Crucial, Samsung or Intel. Ignore the rest. I've had three OCZ SSDs fail on me, gave up on them.

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