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Old 12-10-2009, 05:30 PM   #1
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Cool 120GB OCZ Vertex SSD - v1.1 to v1.3 firmware benchmarks and guide

An opportunity came to buy a brand new shrink wrapped 120GB OCZ Vertex SSD off ebay for a nice price of AUD$425 saving me AUD$130! It came with v1.1 firmware, so needs updating to v1.3 firmware. So decided to make a guide out of it benchmarking the 120GB OCZ Vertex SSD first on v1.1 firmware, then benchmarking the drive on v1.3 firmware.





120GB OCZ Vertex SSD - v1.1 firmware flash update to v1.3

Flashing v1.1 to v1.3 firmware I touch the recommended preparation steps which include:
Step 1. Boot to DOS mode with USB flash drive you prepared earlier and run FWUPDATE command. You'll be prompted to select Yes or No to detect Vertex SSDs on your system.


Step 2. Once your Vertex SSD is detected, you'll be prompted to select the drive number to flash. In this case select number = 1


Step 3. FWUPDATE will flash your Vertex SSD to v1.3 and report the following:


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Benchmarks are done as non-OS 120GB Vertex SSD in IDE mode as Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit RTM is installed on 750GB Samsung SATA in IDE mode right now. Will do AHCI mode OS tests later.

System:
120GB OCZ Vertex SSD format and configuration


Edit: Apparently only Defrag and Drive Indexing were disabled, Superfetch was still enabled for below benchmarks





HDTune 2.55


v1.1 vs v1.3

Transfer Rate:
Min = 227.7MB/s vs 181.0MB/s
Max = 228.6MB/s vs 228.7MB/s
Avg = 228.2MB/s vs 215.6MB/s






Everest Ultimate 5.30.1909


Read suite v1.1 vs v1.3

Linear Read Begin = 244.3MB/s vs 227.8MB/s
Linear Read Middle = 244.3MB/s vs 244.3MB/s
Linear Read End = 244.3MB/s vs 244.3MB/s
Random Read = 252.1MB/s vs 253.2MB/s
Buffered Read = 242.9MB/s vs 244.6MB/s
Average Read Access = 0.08ms vs 0.08ms



Linear Write v1.1 vs v1.3
Seems Block size was different on v1.1 = 128KB on v1.3 = 64KB ?

Min = 187.3MB/S vs 185.9MB/s
Max = 219.3MB/s vs 188.6MB/s
Avg = 216.3MB/s vs 182.5MB/s



Random Write v1.1 vs v1.3
Block size same for both 64KB

Min = 122.4MB/s vs 112.7MB/s
Max = 258.7MB/s vs 266.0MB/s
Avg = 213.2MB/s vs 211.7MB/s



Buffered Write v1.1 vs v1.3



AS SSD Benchmark 1.2.3556.18595
Probably lower than expected 4K results due to IDE mode instead of AHCI ?

v1.1 vs v1.3

Seq Read = 223.58 vs 225.45
Seq Write = 131.86 vs 136.18
4K Read = 28.68 vs 28.84
4K Write = 8.72 vs 8.62
4K-64K Thrd Read = 30.43 vs 30.66
4K-64K Thrd Write = 8.35 vs 8.18
Access Time Read = 0.135ms vs 0.134ms
Access Time Write = 0.497ms vs 0.505ms
Read Score = 81 vs 82
Write Score = 30 vs 30
Overall Score = 162 vs 163



Copy Benchmark

Seems v1.3 firmware had improvements especially in Game copy test.

v1.1 vs v1.3
ISO = 75.23MB/s vs 79.67MB/s
Program = 61.94MB/s vs 63.47MB/s
Game = 78.47MB/s vs 90.09MB/s



Iometer
- 4K Random Write, 512K Sequential Read/Write


Using OCZ provided configuration and setup files at http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/fo...ad.php?t=60947

4K Random Write v1.1



4K Random Write v1.3



512K Sequential Read v1.1



512K Sequential Read v1.3



512K Sequential Write v1.1



512K Sequential Write v1.3



ATTO Benchmark

Slower write speed on v1.3 firmware it seems.

v1.1 vs v1.3


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Old 12-10-2009, 05:32 PM   #3
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I'll revisit v1.3 tests with AHCI instead of IDE mode later on. OCZ apparently has v1.4 official firmware coming very soon as well
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As allways great comparison eva ! exellent simple guide taboot

Thnks ! FW 1.4 to come soon
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Hey mate glad to see you decided to join the forums.. welcome

Thanks.. looking forward to v1.4 firmware

Edit: Apparently only Defrag and Drive Indexing were disabled, Superfetch was still enabled for above benchmarks

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Initially forgot to disable Superfetch for v1.1 vs v1.3 firmware benchmarks, but now with Superfetch disabled on v1.3 firmware look at the difference

IDE Mode

v1.1 - Defrag and Drive Index disabled, Superfetch enabled (left)
v1.3 - Defrag and Drive Index disabled, Superfetch enabled (middle)
v1.3 - Defrag and Drive Index disabled, Superfetch disabled (right)




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