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News OCZ releases Vertex, Agility, Solid2 firmware update

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by brumgrunt, 28 Mar 2012.

  1. brumgrunt

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  2. greypilgers

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    What a ridiculous update. Some performance boost on some models but with a guaranteed loss of capacity? Just another reason to buy an M4.
     
  3. Edwards

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    Well, that's what over provisioning is: extra space in reserve on the disk to reduce write amplification.

    In fact, if you did the same on an M4 it would speed it up too. What a ridiculous comment.
     
  4. greypilgers

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    Not a ridiculous comment - a ridiculous update, and for the following reasons:

    Destructive
    Only applicable to a restricted number of a particular model
    Reduces the capacity on an already reduced capacity drive due to overprovisioning.

    Why don't they use 90% of the drive space for overprovisioning, and sell people a 256Gb SSD with 8Gb of free space? That'll be really fast!

    The M4 doesn't need overprovisioning to be fast. At least when you buy a 128Gb M4 you basically get 128Gb (near enough anyway). Also the updates are not destructive, they apply to all M4s and there is no reduction on your capcity to boot!

    :p
     
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    What about the people who have an ocz drive at the moment? Surely they will want the higher speed?

    Edit: just read the article fully :) and that is actually rather a lot of over provisioning for not a lot of gain :/
     
  6. west

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    Bad update?
    you lose about 5.3% of space and gain 28% sequential write speed!
    Doesn't sound like a bad deal to me - especially since I got my SSD because it's FAST, not big.
     
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    I suppose it all depends upon your point of view - with this type of drive, expecially with this update, there is quite a large reduction in capacity over the M4 et al (total space loss approx 17% of the drive for 128Gb), meaning that the realistic Gb per £ ratio is much reduced, and I don't believe the increase in speed averaged out across all situations is worth sacrificing all that capacity.
     
  8. west

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    well you've payed for your drive already, if you don't think the upgrade is a good idea then you don't have to use it. if you think it would be a good idea then great news, there it is!
    seems like a not-lose, win situation to me. whats so bad about that?
     
  9. docodine

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    Cool, this might apply to me.
     
  10. west

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    PS: you can get the same random write performance boost by formatting your drive with this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDDerase

    It resets all flash cells so they don't have to be erased before a write operation (making random write slow at times - slowing your SSD significantly over time, even with TRIM enabled).
     
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