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SandForce SF-1200: Does Lower Capacity Mean Lower Performance? (Page 3)

Chris Ramseyer | Jun 21, 2010 at 11:08 pm CDT - 1 min, 28 secs time to read this page
Manufacturer: My Digital Discount

The OCZ Technology Vertex 2

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It's a Vertex three way, and we were just talking about Cloud 9.

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Here we see the two extremes, the 60GB Vertex 2 on the left and the 240GB on the right. On this side of the PCB we can see that the two drives look identical. The same PCB is used for both; this is what I refer to as the Super Cap PCB since it is the same one that went out with the SF-1500 enterprise drives that use a capacitor on the other side, part of the 1500's enterprise feature set. We will have a full review of the revised and now headed to retail Vertex 2 Pro in a few weeks if all goes as planned.

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These two drives are identical for the most part. I had to keep the aluminum cover with each PCB or I couldn't tell them apart. This is the 60GB model.

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The 240GB model is shown here. The only difference we could see on this side was the model number on the flash chips. With both drives using 16 total, it only makes sense that the flash model numbers would be different.

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On the back side of the PCBs we get confirmation that both models do in fact have 16 NAND flash modules. This means that the full channel capabilities of the SF-1200 are used on both the 60 and 240GB model. Since I had already dissected the 100 and 120GB drives in previous articles, I can say for certain that they also use the Super Cap PCB and 16 flash modules.

Now that we have seen the inside of the Vertex 2 drives from top to bottom, it is time to verify if the 60, 100, 120 and 240GB drives all share equal performance.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chris Ramseyer

Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

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