• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Storage Size: 128GB
  • Controller: Indilink BareFoot 3
  • Form Factor: 2.5 inches
  • Interface: SATA III 6.0Gbps
  • Pros:
  • Stable and fast speeds
  • Large storage options
  • Cons:
  • Not as fast as some of the more higher end options

Storage And Speed Combined

We’ve seen a number of OCZ SSDs coming into our offices now, and that’s wonderful. More often than not their SSDs not only come in large capacities, but they’re also consistently fast and aren’t too expensive, making them one of the best considerations for new and existing SSD users. They’ve come up with a new high capacity SSD this time around as well: the OCZ Vector.

As mentioned, the OCZ Vector is one of the brand’s high capacity offerings, with storage sizes that come in the form of 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. Build quality is no issue here as the chassis is made from solid aluminium, which does make it a bit heavier than some of the more plasticky builds that we’ve encountered recently.

OCZ has also gone away from SandForce controllers and have opted to use Indilinx’s BareFoot 3 NAND controller, (this is quite a big deal, as we’ll explain why in a short bit). As with all new generation SSDs, the Vector is made to be compatible with SATA III 6.0Gbps controllers, which allows for extremely fast boot-ups and software execution.

We ran a few benchmark tests as well as some real-world performance tests with the Vector, and we must say that we’re very impressed with what we saw. Benchmark performances saw the Vector hit 500MB/s sequential read speeds and 300MB/s sequential write speeds, with real life performances see it hit 70-80MB/s in terms of random write speeds.

What made it even more impressive is the fact that the speeds are all consistent across the board, mostly thanks to the new in-house-built Indilinx BareFoot 3 controller, which does away with the compression methods that is used to make transfer speeds look fast, but unstable.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The OCZ Vortex SSD is one of the better-performing SSDs we’ve had in terms of both speed and stability. The only issue that we predict that anyone could have in procuring this SSD is that the price will see a significant jump when getting the models with higher storage capacity.

(previously published in issue May 2012)

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