I recently installed the OCZ Vertex 4 SSD on my MacBook Pro (MacBook Specs Below), and I have to say this is one of the best SSD’s out in the market. The OCZ Vertex 4 is very different than the Vertex 3 which used the popular Sandforce controller, the Vertex 4 uses OCZ’s homegrown controller, the Indillinx Everest 2 controller. The Vertex 4 has been working terrifically since I installed it, it reduced my usual 28 to 30 second boot time to 12 to 18 seconds. The best part is that the Vertex 4 didn’t change the battery life of my MacBook Pro.
OCZ promises 550 MB/s read, and 475 MB/s write. I got about 420 MB/s to 440 MB/s write speed which wasn’t really close to what OCZ promises but it was good enough for me, but on the other hand the read speed was as promised where it would be 430 MB/s to 450 MB/s read speed every time i tested the drive.
The Vertex 4 comes in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB models, and it has a 2.5″ form factor, if you have a desktop that uses a 3.5″ bay then there is no problem, the Vertex 4 comes with a 3.5″ bay adapter so you can screw the 2.5″ SSD on it and make it have a 3.5″ form factor. OCZ promises 120,000 IOPS on all the sizes besides the 64GB model where it has 85,000 IOPS. The Vertex 4 has a SATA III / 6Gbps interface, where it also is backwards compatible with SATA II / 3Gbps.
You’re wondering what’s the price of this beast, well the starting point comes in at about $139.99 all the way up to $639.99. I’m going to be providing links below for you to get the SSD if you’re interested.
MacBook Pro Specs:
- 15″ Early 2011 Model
- 8GB RAM
- Intel Core i7 2.2 GHz Sandy Bridge Processor
- OCZ Vertex 4 512GB SSD
Links to buy the Vertex 4:
- Amazon: http://amzn.to/KO38nm
- Ebay: http://bit.ly/KTYcQ1
- Newegg.com: http://bit.ly/JGviqV
- TigerDirect.com: http://bit.ly/K0r904
- CompUSA: http://bit.ly/Jv9CwH
- CtiStore (Only place that has the 64GB model): http://bit.ly/LIYNG5