OCZ's New Indilinx Everest 2 Controller And Vertex 4 SSD Bring Blazing Fast Random Read Speeds

Brad Chacos

The hardworking folks over at OCZ have been busy little beavers today: not only did the company announce its new and improved Indilinx Everest 2 controller for SSDs, but it's also gone ahead and unveiled a new Vertex 4 SSD line to show off the new controller's chops. If the numbers being tossed around in OCZ's multiple press releases are any indication, the Indilinx Everest 2 and Vertex 4 should be big improvements over their predecessors.

First, the controller itself: the Indilinx Everest 2 rocks a 400MHz dual-core processor and a 6Gbps SATA 3.0 interface. OCZ says the controller features "a highly parallel and pipelined hardware design with extremely efficient data management algorithms" and the company's new Ndurance 2.0 NAND memory management tech, all of which combines into an SSD bundle that OCZ claims has virtually zero (0.4 ms) latency, "unsurpassed speeds" and a long lasting life. So long, in fact, that OCZ is tossing a 5 year warranty in with the Vertex 4.

Spec-wise, the Indilinx Everest 2-powered Vertex 4 SSD line rocks max sequential read/write times of 535/475 MB/s, respectively, and a maximum random I/O IOPS of 120k. The max random 4k read/write IOPS are 95K and 80k -- not too shabby at all, considering the Vertex 3 has a max random read IOPS of 60k. Though, to be fair, the Vertex 3 also has slightly higher max sequential read/write speeds than the Vertex 4 -- though it isn't based around an Everest controller.

What does that mean in real life? "In typical use case scenarios, the Vertex 4 outperforms the Vertex 3 by as much as 400 percent," OCZ boasts in its press release. We'll be the judge of that!

Here are more Indilinx Everest 2's specs, taken from the press release:

  • Broadest NAND flash support, including 1x nm and TLC
  • Up to 8 NAND flash channels with up to 16-way interleaving per channel
  • HyperQueueing and Native Command Queuing (NCQ), with a queue depth up to 32 commands, and algorithms to optimize the order in which read and write operations are executed
  • Up to 8 Gb (1 GB) of 800 MHz DDR2/DDR3 DRAM cache support
  • Multi-Level ECC with 128-bit correction capability per 1 KB of data
  • RNA Redundant NAND Array to protect against catastrophic NAND flash failure
  • True end-to-end data path protection performs data integrity checks at every juncture where data is transmitted, received, processed and stored to ensure that corrupted data will be detected and not propagated
  • Power fail protection and optional Supercap support prevents data loss in the event of a power failure
  • Auto encryption and AES-256 encryption to protect and secure data
  • Additional flash management techniques such as TRIM, background garbage collection, dynamic and static wear-leveling and advanced flash defect management

The Vertex 4 and its new controller look pretty sweet on paper and will launch later this month in 128GB, 256GB and  512GB flavors -- presumably for much more than those budget-priced Intel 330 SSDs that are also right around the corner. Any thoughts?

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