OCZ Vector 256GB SSD review: with Indilinx Barefoot 3

First SSD from OCZ with proprietary controller

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The new Vector SSDs are equipped with 25 nm flash memory from the Intel/Micron factory. The 256 GB and 512 GB models have a maximum read speed of 550 MB/s and a maximum write speed of 530 MB/s. OCZ claims that the SSDs can achieve up to 100,000 random 4k read IOps, and 95,000 4k write Iops, which is state-of-the-art performance. The 128 GB model is a little slower, with 400 MB/s for writing, but the same for reading.

OCZ Vector 256GB

OCZ Vector 256GB

OCZ claims that the Vector SSDs stand out because they can offer high performance continuously, not just incidentally. To verify that claim we added an extra test, which we'll explain in a bit.

The Vector SSDs measure 6.75mm in height, which means they'll fit in laptops with a 7mm height limit. These SSDs are very heavy compared to the competition, and that's due to their casing. The OCZ Vector 256GB we tested weighs 115 grams, while a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB only weighs 51 grams. It does add another 64 grams to your notebook.

Included with the Vector is a 3.5-inch installation bracket and data migration software from Acronis. The warranty is five years, at 20 GB writes per day. That level of use is probably more than any typical user will ever achieve.

OCZ is positioning the Vector as a high-end SSD for its performance and its reliability, and this is reflected by its price tag. The American RRP is $149 for the 128 GB model, $269 for the 256 GB model and $559 for the 512 GB model. That's not nothing, even costing more than the Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB and Plextor M5 Pro 256 GB.

OCZ Vector 256GB

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