This has to be the most important overlooked part of SSD benchmarking and I wish more review sites would include it. There has been so many misinformed people and bashers out there confused about OCZ's performance and storage mode when in fact this is an issue with EVERY SSD when filled over 50% capacity. If you check the review of the Vector on the hardwarecanucks website, page 11 you will see the Vector AND Vertex crush every other drive listed when filled with 50%+ capacity. Nobody leaves there SSD empty so these are more realistic numbers to go by. This shows how ridiculously good the BF3 is compared to whats out there and there will be more performance increasing firmware updates to come and these numbers are WITHOUT using faster 24nm Toshiba toggle nand. I wish they included the 840 Pro to how the drive performs over 50% full.
"The Barefoot 3 controller is nearly everything we could possibly want to see in a next generation controller. It offers blistering performance, can take care of itself without capacity being lost to over provisioning and most importantly it remains fast for the long haul. ******This last point is the linchpin in the Barefoot’s potentially market dominating equation. While the Vector 256GB may not have topped our charts when empty, it actually blasted ahead of every other drive available when there was actual data housed on it. To us, that’s even more important than initial performance since no one keeps their brand new drive completely empty.******** "
I am sure the folks at Drobo and other Oems understand that. It is just a matter of time before a max iops/premium version is availible that use 19 or 20nm toggle NAND and that other Dram slot is filled in conjunction with further optimized FW. The Vertex 4(non-Micron version) is significantly faster than when it was released.
yeah I'm sure they could have done this but felt 25nm is more proven and reliable and that's what they are focused on now. They didn't want to take the chance of using new technology sort of like the Sandforce 2xxx debacle and felt its safer to let the other manufacturers test it out first. A downside to using 25nm is that it draws more power(i think) so I'm sure the next-gen Vector will use the same nand used in the 840 Pro. I'm sure they will also slap on another micron dram chip since there is an empty spot for it on the pcb board. A "Vector 2" will be faster and more power-efficient.
I was pretty shocked at these numbers lol I mean the Corsair Neutron GTX is considered right up there with the Vector performance wise on most sites but when you see this bench, its huge drop off after it hits 50% really shows how incredible the BF3 really is. The future is going to be bright for OCZ my friends.