When one considers replacing or upgrading their computing machine, the main areas of focus are often the processor (CPU), graphics processing unit (GPU), and RAM. All three components undoubtedly play a large role in the overall performance of a machine, but the hardware storing user’s files is often overlooked. Most laptops and desktops today are built and shipped with what’s known as a hard disk drive (HDD) thanks to their large capacities at reasonable prices, but as time has progressed, the far more advanced technology of a solid-state drive (SSD), has become more affordable. Solid-state drives have matured to the point where speeds against a hard disk drive are not even worth comparing, but how does this benefit your computer’s performance exactly? Read more to find out and learn how you can accelerate your hardware with OCZ’s very own Vertex 4 product line. Read more for my review.
The purpose of both a hard disk drive and solid-state drive is to store a user’s files including videos, photos, audio, documents, etc. Essentially your entire computer lives off of your drive and is constantly reading and writing to the hardware, so whenever you launch an application, render multimedia projects, and even play video games, the performance is heavily reliant on the storage technology embedded within the machine. If you are involved in producing videos, music, or anything media intensive, there is a great chance you own a MacBook Pro providing the tools and power needed with great efficiency to ensure you stay on the top of your game. As an owner of a MacBook Pro myself, I was recently turned onto a new idea and thanks to the amazing team over at OCZ Technology, I have given the idea a run, and what I have to share with you is astonishing.
Digital media has become the new standard within the world of computing. Think of the last time you actually used your disc drive and even if it was recent, I promise you that what you achieved could have been completed in an alternative fashion. Do you own a MacBook Pro with a DVD/CD drive that you never use, but wish you could put to use to enhance the performance of your machine and store more files? I couldn’t be more proud to inform you that this is possible and will rejuvenate your computing experience, even if you have the latest MacBook Pro on the market.
OCZ Technology, founded by a group of highly skilled overclockers back in 2002, is known for their high-performance storage media, but with their Vertex 4 SSD product line, they have reinvigorated storage speeds, yet again. Backed by an industry-leading five-year warranty, advanced NAND flash management, leading IOPS (input/output operations per second), and outstandingly low latency mixed with a wide range of capacities, the Vertex 4 line offers an optimal solution for any user looking to adopt the solid-state technology.
I am reviewing two 256 GB Vertex 4 SSDs configured in a RAID-0 configuration within my late-2012 model MacBook Pro. Now you may be asking yourself, how can you configure a RAID-0 in a MacBook Pro when there is only one slot for a drive? Thanks to OWC’s Data Doubler, users are able to simply replace the CD/DVD drive embedded in their machine to allow for a second drive which can be partitioned to create a RAID-0 configuration. RAID-0 evenly splits data evenly throughout the two drives striped to allow for accelerated speeds and double the amount of storage. So how much of a performance jump does such upgrade make? Rather than providing a cluster of graphs and benchmarks, below I have provided a few tests I ran before and after during real world situations to provide a more beneficial assessment.
Standard 5400 RPM MacBook Drive
Two OCZ 256 GB Vertex 4 SSDs (Configured RAID-0)
Nick’s Gaming View Video Render
24 minutes and 36 seconds
13 minutes and 21 seconds
Full Launch of Bioshock 2 (All video intros playing fully)
1 minute and 16 seconds
As you can see, without any upgrades besides the equipped 5400 RPM drive to the RAID-0 powered by two 256 GB Vertex 4 SSDs, the performance enhancements are quite noticeable, especially during video rendering and editing. While editing graphic intensive productions featuring a healthy amount of video and audio layers, the editing process went from freezing often to being almost 100% seamless, allowing me as a video editor and producer to be more efficient with my work.
Are you looking to speed up the performance of your machine but still manning a standard hard disk drive? Now is the time to upgrade to OCZ’s Vertex 4 drives and prevent your storage device from being the bottleneck of your entire computing rig.