Joe, Firmware 2.09 Thottled the SF-2281 to reduce instability (stuttering/bsod's) experienced by range of users having good representative cross section of motherboards, various generations of intel chipsets, various 3rd party (ie: Marvell & other) raid controllers and I estimate 70% native sata2 (3.0Gbps) and 30% native sata3 (6.0Gbps) - all this represents 4-7 weeks realworld global USER experience with Vertex3 & recently vertex3 max iops as posted on over 38 forums globally... OCZ Forums represents 50% of all forum postings and frankly the speed with which OCZ, posted for download, several Sandforce written Firmware Updates strongly demonstrates a significant number of v3/v3max user complaints.
I attempted to install v3max boot drive & (4) v3max raid array to Asus Maximus IV Extreme, i7-2600K & Asus GTX580 (both cpu & gpu water cooled) - I originally purchased (11) v3max having original f.w. & updated (2) times - after several days of w7 os reinstalls, driver updates, bios default changes, I stopped and returned ALL ocz ssd's for full refund. During this time there were NO overclocking attempts - although I absolutely will o.c. this motherboard build for actual daily use...
Please consider that imposing Thottling on the SF-2281 immediately negates the highly publicized core specifications and invalidates the hype regarding sata3 (6.0Gbps) design spec; as this has still NOT resolved stutter/bsod events on motherboards in realworld having native support and default function of sata3 interfaces - the intel native sata3 experiences enough problems, the marvell sata3 doesn't work.
And these issues are not limited to OCZ brand ssd's having Sandforce SF-2281 controllers, but also others, albiet in proportionally smaller numbers.
Candidly the Sandforce SF-2281 is not supporting Sata3 interfaces UNDER REALWORLD CONDITIONS EXPERIENCED BY SSD USERS.
This is not "railing", this is reality and tolerance of occasional ssd stuttering/BSOD's is complete denial - the Sandforce SF-2281 SSD/NAND Controller is Either Stable or it is Unstable AND UNUSABLE, EXCEPT FOR BENCHMARKS. The stuttering/BSOD's are random events occuring on various motherboards.
OCZ is aggressively marketing Enterprise SSD's, so OCZ certainly understands the meaning of "Stability" and "Interface Compatibility".
Thanks for considering my comments.
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on Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:15 am, edited 1 time in total.