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OCZ Technology 128GB Vertex 4 Series SATA 6.0 GB-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SSD) With Industrys Highest 120K... by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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OCZ Technology 128GB Vertex 4 Series SATA 6.0 GB/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SSD) With Industry's Highest 120K...
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 939 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 3.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.6   average
Quality4.6   average
Speed4.4   average
Packaging4.3   average
Raid4.1   average
Firmware3.8   above average
Installation3.8   below average
Reliability3.8   below average
Adapter3.6   below average
Read3.5   average
Write3.5   below average
Boot3.4   below average
Warranty3.4   below average
Reliable3.3   below average
Service3.3   below average
Cost3.2   below average
Windows3.1   below average
Case2.9   below average
Controller2.8   above average


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Adapter

Adapter:
"Apparently there has been some confusion as to which adapters will work with the Vertex 4."
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"So if you have some sort of custom case that depends on using normal screws, you might have a problem with this adapter.2) I didn't know this initially, but you'll get even better performance with Windows 7 if you enable AHCI mode on your motherboard."
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"One thing i missed, but it does come with a 3.5 adapter (i accidentally bought it separately for 8 bucks."
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"Fantastic product, includes 3.5-inch adapter, the producer is perfect and runs dramatically in speed and stability is Awesome!"
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"But overall is good i'm happy... i'm using with thunderbolt adapter it gives 350 mb sn scores."
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"Lightning fast and really happy with it so far, easy to mount and even came with an adapter for 3.5."
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"Installed easily, bought a separate 3.5 to 2.5 adapter, but the SSD came with one, so I have an extra adapter now."
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"- Very easy to set up, comes with 3.5 inch adapter although i don't think i'll need it, I did however need the screws that came with it as i accidentally threaded one of mine."
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Boot

Boot:
"So after 6 months of use the ssd decided to malfunction and it would no longer boot up or get recognize, i send the drive to the preferred OCZ data recovery company and guess what!"
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"In one year, I've had two drives that have gone bad, both gradually failing to boot and then eventually failing outright."
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"The hardrive has good performance but using it as the boot drive in windows eight, it has serious problems when you have multiple programs open that are using the hard drive."
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"Yesterday I've powered on my PC , and the that message appeared again System boot failed."
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"So weird having to 'worry' about what to install on the boot drive when my previous boot drive was a SATA 1 TB HD heh."
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"Cloned my boot 128 3GB s SSD drive with no problem."
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"Boot times, as well as shutdown are now super fast."
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"Pretty fast, combined with an UEFI BIOS, my PC boots in about 4 in my A10-5800K DDR3 8GB 2400MHZ system without overclocking."
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"The hardrive has good performance but using it as the boot drive in windows eight, it has serious problems when you have multiple programs open that are using the hard drive."
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"If you are looking for a great way to turbo boost applications, boot faster and make your computer run quite....This is a great way to improve performance of any computer!"
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"I am happy having consistent Boot up and Shutdown times of less than 10 seconds."
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Case

Case:
"It has been in several well ventilated, well powered desktop tower CPU cases, and has had the same failure mode of going offline and corrupting data."
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"Regardless, installing this drive into my case couldn't have been easier and the spacer feels very solid."
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"Watch the videos, because removing the cover, small screws and antennas inside the case are a bit tricky if you are not comfortable with that sort of task and you could damage your Mini and void your warranty too."
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"Also, beware that OCZ likes to sanitize remove posts that draw attention to the frequency of this problem across many users or try to make a case that it's a product problem - they've removed a number of my posts for those reasons, and I doubt I'm the only one."
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"Finally, I have time machine setup so that in case the controller on the drive fails I can quickly recover everything in the case drive needs to be replaced."
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"It has been in several well ventilated, well powered desktop tower CPU cases, and has had the same failure mode of going offline and corrupting data."
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"Usually you see the pros and cons listed for things but in this case the Pro is: Good solid SSD for a low price."
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"I've heard SSDs tend to wear down over time, so I'm keeping a good backup just in case this drive dies, but I'm one year into using this SSD as of Dec 2012, and I cannot detect any difference."
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"I'm inclined to believe this is more or less the case with other companies as well - I think the Samsung 840 Pro has a 5 year warranty also - but it's nevertheless disappointing."
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"arrived on time, came in a nice case, worked, is fast, sped up my booti'm not going to write a russian novel on this, let's just say it was all i expected it to be"
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Controller

Controller:
"the kind of failure this drive had was one of the worse you could get, nand controller burned, so now i need to pay 3K $ (yes 3000 us $) to do an attempt of recover my data."
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"This is the first time that I have purchased a SATA III 6 Gb s device that was not backwards compatible with my SATA II 3.0 Gb s controllers."
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"the data is there but the controller is dead so no one can access the data."
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"in terms of write speed, where it might be the fastest of the current crop of SATA III drives, it appears to be incompatible with some of the new mSSD controllers that are part of the ivy bridge chipsets on new HP laptops (in this case a DV-7QE-7000)."
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"Ultimately, they cited the issues with the NVidia MCP79 controller as the problem."
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"Finally, I have time machine setup so that in case the controller on the drive fails I can quickly recover everything in the case drive needs to be replaced."
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"Make sure to have the correct SATA driver and use a controller that takes full advantage."
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"- buy a bigger size (128GB or more)- always keep a good amount of free space on the drive, to let the controller deal with space, wear-leveling... well."
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"It's the only brand with it's own controller, and best yet it has a 5 year warranty!"
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"If you have any other controller, this would probably be the best SSD you can buy."
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"Samsung has a great SSD Memory Controller and provides excellent SSDs that have a great reputation for reliability."
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Cost

Cost:
"For me it's not even an valid option anymore to get my money back (not that I could anyway) since I've spent over $250 in shipping costs for sending the faulty drives back to US (from Europe) or directly to the european branch in the Netherlands (twice)."
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"The only negative thing about SSD right now is the cost per GB."
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"Instead of using the clone software, I install Win7 from scratch which cost a lot of time but avoided the alignment problems."
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"pages of user complaints about this and people trying the most obscure technical things, and a useless drive that cost $600 and is as useful as a brick."
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"Cost has dropped to where it is reasonable."
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"I'm not a TECH pro but I know a little and I run a business, so I need something that works and the less it costs, the best."
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"In the past I believed that RAM upgrade was the best cost effective upgrade, but I can only say tell you that with this SSD you will be impressed once again."
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"I've had the Vertex 4 for a month now and the difference in performance is well worth the extra cost."
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"Completely worth the cost, this is an outstanding product!"
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Firmware

Firmware:
"The problem was not the operating system, drive, or any of the firmware involved."
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"I haven't been able to update the firmware using the Mac software (tried unsuccessfully), but it has worked flawlessly."
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"As I stated above I was unable to upgrade the firmware for whatever reason."
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"I attempted to update the firmware for the drive, however when starting up with the firmware disk, I got an error."
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"I gave up with updating the firmware, although I am a little disappointed with the lack of Mac support options on OCZ's website.12 30 2012 - Downgrade to 3 StarsI got the flashing question mark folder again."
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"I haven't been able to update the firmware as of yet."
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"Haven't needed to update firmware and no problems so far."
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"The instructions were extremely helpful, but you no longer have to update the firmware on the drive as of 3 21 13.Great product, the speed is noticeable! "
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"OCZ website is very informative on all steps and checklists (find the SSD ABC Guide there if confused with any of the below).1) FIRMWARENote that by default OCZ recommends to always install the latest firmware (FW) for BIOS and SSD (this is different from some other devices' manufacturers, who often don't recommend to upgrade FW if everything already works ok)."
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"PROS: The drive installed easily and was at the most current firmware release, so the OS install could happen immediately."
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"I am hoping that future releases of the firmware are easier to apply successfully."
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Installation

Installation:
"However, my drive did fail within a month of installation."
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"Regardless, installing this drive into my case couldn't have been easier and the spacer feels very solid."
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"The only downside is that the installation instructions aren't as clear as they could be."
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"Installation: I had some minor difficulty installing the drive due to this being my first attempt to modify a laptop and getting used to Windows 8."
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"very fast no problem installing, very solid have used for over a month."
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"installation was no problem, i used macrium reflect to clone my disk."
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"I bought another one after installing this one because it was such a good deal! "
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"Very easy installation and transferring of OS and other programs was very easy."
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"Works great and had no issues installing it."
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"At this point you should be able to remove the CD and boot into your old Windows 7 installation on your new drive."
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"So far (a few days since the installation) am very satisfied."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"(Note that the formatted capacity of this drive is reported as 238GB by windows - this capacity difference is expected after you format the drive since some of the drive space is used when you format)The OZC drive itself is packaged well (bonus since I hate wasteful packaging) and it installed and worked straight out of the box without any issues."
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"Packaging and installation are easy."
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"The package arrived perfect, and though not yet been proven, I hope it works well on the pc I'm putting together."
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"Its super fast, very nice packaging, Very nice appearance."
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"The packaging is beautiful as well."
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"Arrived early, well packaged, and the SSD firmware was upto date."
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Price

Price:
"Lost all my data as I did not enough make it to do a backup...the company replaced it but I had to pay for return freight I am computer professional an expected more for the quality hype and price of this unit...disappointed!"
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"Only downside is that the price is still a little high."
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"I can boot to desktop in Win 8 in seconds and have not had any issues at all, great drive, good price, I would recommend to anyone wanting one of the best and faster ssd's out there now."
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")Build:ASUS Rampage Extreme IV Mobo16GB Corsair 2333Mhz Quad Channel RAMEVGA NVidia 680 GTX 2GB Video CardCorsair c70 Case (Olive Drab)Intel Core i7-3930K Hexa-Core Processor 3.2 Ghz 12 MB Cache LGA 2011 (Light OC to 3.85Ghz)Corsair H100 Liquid Coolingx2 256GB Vertex 2 in Raid 0Windows 7 Pro 64-bit OSGames load extremely fast (Seen in comparison when playing online games .vs opponent machines in SC2 and BF3) Office apps open nearly instantly and my boot time is less than 11 seconds after P. O. S. T. With a 5 YEAR Warranty and recent price drops, it's hard to beat."
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"According to price has not good performance."
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"This is the time to buy, the prices are down, and the problems are gone (If you pick the right controller)."
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"Great product at a decent price - good service."
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"$399 is a good price for an SSD that provides a 5-year warranty and this much speed."
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"Great price"
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"Good product for a good price."
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"I am waiting to get 480gig when the prices are reasonable."
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Quality

Quality:
"Lost all my data as I did not enough make it to do a backup...the company replaced it but I had to pay for return freight I am computer professional an expected more for the quality hype and price of this unit...disappointed!"
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"The quality and price was great!"
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"Just as described , fit the needs that I had in minds , quality is good and service was fast."
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"The price point is perfect for the quality your getting."
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"Good build quality."
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"Excellent quality, reliability, and speed for the money."
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Raid

Raid:
"I literally just installed mine yesterday to replace a teetering Raid array of 3 year old HD's that was waiting to fail (2 x 2 drive Raid 0 arrays that relied on each other to boot - if any one of the 4 drives died - no boot).It's nice to know I have something under the hood that doesn't rely on motors, ball bearings, actuators and spinning wheels."
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"purchased 2 to run on raid 0. runs perfectly."
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"Note two things if you (plan to) use the RAID mode (if confident that you are not using RAID in your system, simply set your chipset to AHCI mode and go to (3) below).a) If your SSD will be non-RAID'ed but other drives in the system will be RAID'ed."
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"they be pretty darned fast in raid 0, no problems or issues of note so far...ocz support has the secure erase feature, and can flash the firmware easily if need be...i'm pertty happy with them..."
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"By reliable I mean it doesn't fail after a few weeks or months (I have them both in RAID 0 for 6 months already), as many many many other SSD do."
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Read

Read:
"I've read that OCZ is out of business so buyer beware with regard to warranty."
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"I took away 1 star only because I paid a little more for a drive that included a mount, only to have it be useless for my configuration (and many others too once I read some reviews).Love the drive itself, but the mount... that's another story."
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"Who can complain about 392MB s write speeds and 402MB s read speeds of the drives."
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"I received this drive and was able to put data on it, but unable to read it effectively, opening larger film scans in photoshop caused errors in the TIFF file."
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"Upon a speed test I found that write speeds were about 470mbps and the read would jump from 200 - 300 then down to 100 and finally return an error."
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"Good product, fast and quiet but I've read that there may be some instability failure issues with OCZ drives, have to wait to see when they crashes."
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"this harddrive works perfect on my mac book bro mid 2011450 MB read450 MB write."
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"It's read speeds, while fast, are nothing spectacular aside from sequential read, which hits very high speeds as well."
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"I get an great read write speed and boot up is very fast."
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"Note: WEI rating is not very informative, if you get an average figure, don't be upset (you can google to read more about WEI).After your WEI update is complete, Windows 7 must have set up all proper regimes to support your SSD."
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Reliability

Reliability:
"Like many of the other 1 star reviews, I've had problems with the reliability of this drive."
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"Voila, all the reliability problems were solved 100%."
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"(I just bought a new Samsung 840 Pro, top performance and they have better reliability in theory, no complains of suddent death from the users it seems."
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"That's a big hike ....I'll post an update on reliability after 6 months (sooner if the SSD fails!"
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"High-Performance DesignMLC Flash Memory3.5' SSD Adapter for DesktopsSATA 3 (6 Gbs)Trim SupportIndilix InfusedThe OCZ Vertex 4 SSD Series was designed ad built with unparalleled performance, reliability and endurance in mind."
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"I can't wait for reliability to step up, and I'll be able to use an SSD without worry."
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"No setup problems , Time will tell on reliability."
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"WOW - I would recommend this to anyone looking for speed, dependability, and reliability."
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"I have an OCZ Vertex 3 Hi IOPs 64GB SSD that has been running 24x7 for over a year as a C: drive without reliability problems."
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Reliable

Reliable:
"I have buy a pair of 128gb vertex 4 and a 256gb vertex 4, the 256gb ssd are running OK (for now), but the other 2 ssd, 128gb with 2 years of use both of them have fail, but I think that this is not a reliable storage unit."
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"fast and reliable.. though I was worried when."
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"It's dead quiet, extremely fast, and so, far reliable."
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"This drive is quite an upgrade over rotating hard drives in terms of performance, but unfortunately it has not been reliable for me."
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"OCZ hasn't had the great reputation for reliable SSDs, but since they acquired Indilinx and stopped using the SandForce controller they have gained a lot of the SSD market back and have far more reliable SSDs."
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"Vertex 4 SSDs are innovatively engineered to deliver industry-leading file transfer rates and superior system responsiveness, all while providing a more durable, reliable and energy efficient storage solution compared to traditional hard drives."
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"THE POINT OF IT ALL1.This is a good drive but it's not very reliable, making it a long-term risk, and other reviews have shown that after several months more than a few of these drives begin to die.2."
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"Bought the slower, yet seemingly more reliable wd velociraptor - so far so good."
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"My laptop has always been reliable, but still pretty slow, even after upgrading from 4 to 8GB of RAM."
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"By reliable I mean it doesn't fail after a few weeks or months (I have them both in RAID 0 for 6 months already), as many many many other SSD do."
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Service

Service:
"This happened early 2013, but I will not forget the lousy, unresponsive, defensive customer service I got from OCZ."
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"They emailed me back saying they were not able to provide the service."
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"And so begins the long, frustrating experience of OCZ's customer service and warranty policies."
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"Their customer service support is that frustrating."
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"If it works, it's great, and if not well, hey at least Amazon has great service for returns!"
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"Great product at a decent price - good service."
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"Excellent product, service and value."
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"Just as described , fit the needs that I had in minds , quality is good and service was fast."
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"Of course once the Samsung dies I'm pretty sure I'll have some fun with their customer service."
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"Customer service was right--it wasn't the drive's fault."
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Speed

Speed:
"Great performance, any problem so far, about 2 years ago!"
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"Only had this 1 ssd in my system, used it as a boot drive and for steam, i must say it was very fast but failed after about a year (purchased 23 2 13) ocz sold to Toshiba i believe but back then i was warned, shoulda known better..."
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"fast and reliable.. though I was worried when."
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"Although the size is not great for all uses but just for performance and stability it is my one and only choice."
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"It's dead quiet, extremely fast, and so, far reliable."
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"If you only have one drive, you will find yourself running out of space quickly, which will likely compromise the speed I am so happy with."
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"I bought it for around 190 $ and It really worth every cent .I've never had any problem with it and still performing very well as if it were day one .I'm Very satisfied with this SSD and can't be happy more ."
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"Excelent performance, enough space for system and main apps"
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"Works great and is fast."
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"fast and no problems in Linux when properly configured"
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"Perfect speeds."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"I've read that OCZ is out of business so buyer beware with regard to warranty."
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"And so begins the long, frustrating experience of OCZ's customer service and warranty policies."
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"I'm inclined to believe this is more or less the case with other companies as well - I think the Samsung 840 Pro has a 5 year warranty also - but it's nevertheless disappointing."
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"Better to have a computer that always works than one that works just a bit faster but only sometimes.================= EDIT a year later ===========================I got fed up with all the failures so I contacted the company for an RMA (the warranty is super long for this product)."
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"After my 2nd OCZ SSD failure I told myself I was done with OCZ, but the 5 year warranty convinced me to give them another try."
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"Watch the videos, because removing the cover, small screws and antennas inside the case are a bit tricky if you are not comfortable with that sort of task and you could damage your Mini and void your warranty too."
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"Worked well until it died 2.5 years short of its 5 year warranty period."
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"$399 is a good price for an SSD that provides a 5-year warranty and this much speed."
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"I was a little wary picking this particular SSD but it also comes with a pretty comprehensive warranty where they will replace the drive drive for several years after you buy it."
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"I dont know if it has warranty but I was so pissed I went to Best Buy and bought a decent 1TB HD and thats what I am using right now."
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"I wasn't that worried because of the generous 5 year warranty that's supposedly giving everyone this awesome peace of mind."
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Windows

Windows:
"The hardrive has good performance but using it as the boot drive in windows eight, it has serious problems when you have multiple programs open that are using the hard drive."
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"The boot speed on Windows 7 is so fast it is scary."
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"Install windows w o any problem, also Linux and works super fast."
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"because it's blazing fast , I'm coming from an intel v25 40GB SSD as my old boot drive ...HOWEVER ..... it seems to have problems with windows 8 , or maybe it's windows 8 that has problems with it ....."
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"Installation: I had some minor difficulty installing the drive due to this being my first attempt to modify a laptop and getting used to Windows 8."
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"Booting up in under 5 seconds from cold to Windows 8.1 Pro is great."
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"I purchased this SSD in October of 2012 and i have to say this drive is running perfectly 7.9 on the windows experience which doesnt really mean anything i have read some reviews saying this drive dies in about 1-6 months well thats not true i have had mine for clean over a year with no issues what so ever given i am an IT specialist and maintain my drive and know how to make them last but this drive is not bad it is a perfect drive for any laptop (custom modded Alienware m17 r4 here) but i would not recommend for a desktop mainly due to the size is something to consider however for my particular laptop i can hold 2 hard drives so dropping two of these into it makes transfers (i render videos and edit music files) extremely fast."
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"Had a nice SATA II drive before with 4 GB DDR 2 and windows 7 (64 bit)."
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"Was able to copy my windows image and mac image to the new SSHD with little effort."
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"The hardrive has good performance but using it as the boot drive in windows eight, it has serious problems when you have multiple programs open that are using the hard drive."
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Write

Write:
"Who can complain about 392MB s write speeds and 402MB s read speeds of the drives."
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"Ssd are in and this is my fourth ssd and it revitalises semi old laptops makes new micros small factor form cpus quite and quick and if your picking ssds this one is a premium choice .Other than geeking out on ahci and doing write and speed testsOn the worst rig I have with sata2 it still does an easy 250 read and write and have seen some 500 with the new boards."
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"I was worried about the 5 Billion writes in a week."
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"However, the sequential write is the one weakness of the Vertex 4."
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"This is because my Thinkpad SL400 uses SATAII, which does not offer the best read write rates that would take full advantage of the Vertex 4's synchronous nand flash, which is the only difference between this model and the Agility 4."
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"It has a 500MB s read and write, how could you go wrong with a five year warranty too?"
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"I waited a little while for writing this review (6 months).Satisfied with this SSD performance and expecting to write an update for the year of use."
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"I have since used other SSD's that are faster when it comes to write speeds, but it has still been a very good SSD"
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"Most impressive with this drive are actually its sequential and Random 512KB write speeds, which are much faster than most other comparably priced drives."
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"I get an great read write speed and boot up is very fast."
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"read, write... all good."
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