OCZ usually targets consumers and enthusiasts with its memory products, but the company is straying off the beaten path with its new Vertex EX solid-state drives. These 2.5" SSDs are purportedly "designed to meet the stringent demands of server environments and enterprise applications," and they have the performance ratings to show for it.
According to OCZ, Vertex EX drives can reach top transfer speeds of 260MB/s for reads and 210MB/s for writes. Sustained writes are a little slower at 100MB/s. If you're looking for a frame of reference, Intel's X25-E Extreme SSD can reach sustained sequential read and write speeds of 250MB/s and 170MB/s, respectively.
The Vertex EX line may have lower sustained write speeds than Intel's best, but it does offer higher capacities—all while using similar single-level-cell flash instead of the pedestrian multi-level-cell variety. Whereas the X25-E can only store up to 64GB, the Vertex EX comes in 60GB and 120GB flavors. (Incidentally, OCZ says the 60GB drive has a top write speed of only 200MB/s.)
The new OCZ drives also have 1.5-million-hour Mean Time Between Failures ratings, and OCZ covers them with a two-year warranty. Intel has an advantage there, too, since the X25-E has three-year coverage.