Obviously the big story for the new OCZ Vertex LE is the blow out pricing OCZ gave My Digital Discount so they could offload the rest of the existing stock and take these parts off their books. Truth be told, any number of e-tailers could have snatched these up, matched prices with Newegg and sold them for more money. Fortunately for everyone looking to purchase a SandForce class SSD, My Digital Discount was the company to take advantage of the remaining stock deal, knew enough about SSDs (from reading TweakTown I hope) to have these reprogrammed to consumer friendly extended capacity units and will sell them under the high volume, low price business model.
This is the first time a 120GB SandForce class SSD has breached the 300 USD price barrier. Hell, I don't think you can find many Indilinx Barefoot drives in 128GB capacity for less than 300 USD. Users looking to spend less but still retain high speeds can opt for the 60GB Vertex LE at MDD for 149.99 and notebook users looking for more high speed storage from a single drive should take a serious look at the Vertex LE 240GB at MDD for 549.99. All deals can be found on My Digital Discount's Vertex LE webpage here.
The MDD Vertex LE is not the launch version with early beta and then RC like firmware. These are MP release drives; personally I would consider them to be OCZ Vertex LE 2, but no one is going to a new product line for roughly 500 pieces. The 60, 120 and 240GB extended capacity SKUs were added the night before I wrote this article, so confusion would be avoided when My Digital Discount lists their sale and this article is published.
When it comes to performance our 240GB sample proved to be a close contender to the OCZ Vertex 2 with equal capacity. Internal testing at MDD has shown the 120GB Vertex LE in similar standing with the Vertex 2 120GB drive. The Vertex 2 is a little faster across the board, but the Vertex LE can be faster when reading data in high queue depth situations. Truth be told, most users won't be able to see the performance differences we were able to see in the benchmarks, the results are just too close and anyone coming from a traditional platter drive will be amazed at the speeds.
If you need clarification to that fact, just go back and see the benchmarks of the Vertex 2 and Vertex LE while comparing them to the Western Digital VelociRaptor. If you are planning on benchmarking your drive for bragging rights, then spend the extra money on a Vertex 2. If you are looking for real world performance increases while saving money, then the Vertex LE from My Digital Discount is a helluva deal no matter what capacity you choose.