Guys, just wondering why a lot of you are recommending vertex 4? vertex 4 slows down when you are beyond 50% capacity, and it toggles from “performance mode” to ‘”storage mode”. Basically your drive will have a significant reduce of performance, you can Google storage mode vertex 4 if you want, all reviewers mention it, Toms Hardware, Anandtech etc.
Hmm OCZ already released a statement about it.From what I understand since Vertex 4 doesn’t have a manually triggered GC unlike Samsung ( Samsung Magician ) were you can manually trigger GC.. So after 50% of it’s capacity is full the GC will free up as much Nand as it can to maintain performance mode..So yes it does slows down but NOT permanently only when you are benchmarking/transferring huge sum of files & GC is triggered but I think after Firmware 1.5v this has been optimized.
With normal usage patterns the Vt4 128 is about the fastest 128GB drive out there right now…
So NORMAL USAGE PATTERNS…what are they?
You use the drive normally, you do not sit there running IOmeter or other benchmarks to fill then drive then test it…you run an OS on the drive and during a normal work session the drive and system are allowed to IDLE for at least 10 mins…often 1 reboot per session can also help the drive.
Now the mechanics of why you need to follow this usage pattern I can not tell you. Yes you can write that avi file to the drive you pulled off the video camera, yes you can pull the mp3’s off the mp3 player to the system just as you would do with any other file or app you download or transfer, please just consider if using the 128 and you run drives that are near full all the time you are not running the drive in its best state for it to give its best performance.
So to finish, normal use,running an OS, playing games, surfing the net, writing docs, running music software etc etc is all what we expect you to do, it is normal use pattern and the drive is designed to work best when in this pattern. Just consider the smaller Vtx4’s such as the 128 have limits, you can help the drive by storing static data off the drive such as on cloud servers online or on a spare storage HDD. The 256 and 512’s do a lot better due to the amount of Nand and how it is configured on the controller….
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