The OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" SSD
Just like any other solid state drive, the 3.5" Vertex 2 is pretty plain on the outside. The top cover that we see here is made from plastic with a dark smoke finish. It would have been really cool to put a clear cover on the SSD so users can see the inside, but smoke is what we got.
The rest of the drive casing is made from aluminum. On the bottom we found standard mounting points for the 3.5" form factor standard.
Here we see that the new 3.5" Vertex 2's height. The drive is thinner than standard desktop drives, but that won't be an issue for 99% of users. I am leaving a small amount of play in that statement since I don't have every imaginable configuration possible, but I tried the drive in several without issue.
The SATA power and data connectors are where they should be as per the SATA specification.
The side of the drive has all of the standard mounting points as well. At one point Maxtor and later Seagate released traditional platter drives in this same size.
This is where things get interesting. Here we see the controller side of the Vertex 2. There are 16 flash memory chips on this side, the same amount found on the 2.5" drive in total.
Here we see the other side; I call it the Supercap side. There are another 16 flash chips on this side. What this tells us is that OCZ is using flash modules that are less dense for the 3.5" drives. This should allow OCZ to manufacture the drives at a lower cost depending on the prices of flash at the time.
There is also a possibility of a performance increase since more flash is being read and written to at the same time. That is really what we are here to see, so let's get right to it!