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teksimple
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Registered: ‎05-06-2012
Location: Honolulu
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OCZ Vertex 4 512GB SSD on W520 guaranteed BSOD--BEWARE!

Just wanted to make a quick post to let prospective W520 upgraders know about Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) problems that occurrs when using a the 512GB Vertex 4.  This is an issue that affects more than just Lenovos (Alienware in particular). When resuming from sleep, the W520 will BSOD 100% of the time.  I have posted on the OCX forums along with others.  I went ahead and returned the Vertex 4 after I bought it from Amazon, since no amount of troubleshooting would fix it.  I am replacing it with the Samsung 512GB since there are many people on the forum who have had success with that. 

 

Bottom line: don't buy a Vertex 4 until Lenovo or OCZ come out with a fix, unless you don't mind testing manufacturer's stuff for free!

W520 CTO BIOS rev 1.37. Core i7-2760QM, 32GB PC3-10600, NVidia Quadro 1000M, Samsung 830 512GB, SanDisk pSSD-S2 32GB, x64 tri-boot: Win2k8R2, Fedora 17, Ubuntu 12.04
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fldevs
Posts: 19
Registered: ‎05-04-2012
Location: Tampa, FL
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Re: OCZ Vertex 4 512GB SSD on W520 guaranteed BSOD--BEWARE!

Thanks a ton for the post!  I'm about to add some ssd goodness into my w520 and the Vertex 4 was near the top of the list!

Lenovo W520 | 15.6" HD+ | Intel i7 2720QM | 16 GB DDR3 | nVidia Quadro 1000M | Sammy 840 Pro 256gb | Stock 7200rpm 500GB in an ultra bay | Lenovo Mini Dock 3 Plus
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ColonelONeill
Posts: 7,075
Registered: ‎12-26-2009
Location: Toronto
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Re: OCZ Vertex 4 512GB SSD on W520 guaranteed BSOD--BEWARE!

I assume you tried the Link-State Power Management patch?
W520: i7-2720QM, Q2000M at 1080/670/1340, 21GB RAM, 500GB HDD, FHD screen
X61T: L7500, 3GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
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huberth
Posts: 539
Registered: ‎07-08-2009
Location: USA
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Re: OCZ Vertex 4 512GB SSD on W520 guaranteed BSOD--BEWARE!

A new firmware came out today:

 

http://www.storagereview.com/ocz_vertex_4_ssd_review_firmware_v14rc

 

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W520 4270CTO i7-2820QM Quadro2000M 1920x1080 Display 16GB RAM 2x240GB Intel 510 SSDs (RAID 0) - BIOS 1.42 - PCMark7:4,568
Samsung Series 9 15-inch NP900X4C-A03US - PCMark7: 4674
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huberth
Posts: 539
Registered: ‎07-08-2009
Location: USA
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Re: OCZ Vertex 4 512GB SSD on W520 guaranteed BSOD--BEWARE!

Benchmark comparision with Samsung 830 etc:

 

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5719/ocz-vertex-4-review-256gb-512gb/7

 

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W520 4270CTO i7-2820QM Quadro2000M 1920x1080 Display 16GB RAM 2x240GB Intel 510 SSDs (RAID 0) - BIOS 1.42 - PCMark7:4,568
Samsung Series 9 15-inch NP900X4C-A03US - PCMark7: 4674
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Jimbo
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Registered: ‎10-26-2008
Location: Los Angeles
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Re: OCZ Vertex 4 512GB SSD on W520 guaranteed BSOD--BEWARE!

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I would go with Intel for reliability:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-reliability-failure-rate,2923-9.html

My next machine, which will be 17" Ivy Bridge/Kepler w/120Hz 3D display, will have dual Intel SSDs in RAID0, with probably an mSATA SSD for backup. And if you keep data/docs on a separate partition from the system partition, then you seldom need to backup the system (I dump my data/docs to a NAS each day, which itself is backed up).

The problem with less reliable SSDs is that SSDs tend to fail completely and with no warning, unlike hard drives. So, if avoiding downtime is important to you, then you want one of the more reliable SSDs. Overall, the more reliable SSDs (the orange line & dotted line in the chart, which should include the Intel 520-series SSDs) now appear to be more reliable than hard drives, under heavy use, according to that article.

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But, as with any computer-related product nowadays, I would make sure that users say that the current firmware/drivers are stable with your computer, before buying.