OCZ Vector 256GB SSD review: with Indilinx Barefoot 3

First SSD from OCZ with proprietary controller

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Introduction

Today OCZ launched a new SSD series under the name Vector. OCZ is aiming at the high-end segment with these, more or less as a follow-up to the existing Vertex 4 series. The interesting part about the new SSD is the controller, because the Indilinx Barefoot 3 has been developed in-house by OCZ. Hardware.Info tested the Vector to find out whether it can hold its own against the other fast SSDs that recently came out.


The Vertex 4 SSD has been out for more than a year. When it first appeared, OCZ claimed that they were built around a controller they had developed themselves, called the Indilinx Everest 2, as Indilinx had been acquired a year before by OCZ. It appeared that this wasn't the whole truth, because the Everest 2 was actually a new generation Marvell controller equipped with Indilinx firmware. After the issues with its SandForce-based Vertex 2 and Vertex 3 SSDs, this news didn't make the company more popular.

The past few months the company seems to have reinvented itself. New management, new products and a new attitude, according to OCZ. From now on it will be all about quality and reliability, and this should be reflected by their products.

OCZ Vector 256GB

With the new Vector SSDs OCZ claims to have do everything to ensure reliability. The SSDs have been tested by a large group of beta tester for an extended period of time, and each Vector that rolls off the assembly line is extensively tested.

The controller is new, in name the Barefoot 3 is the successor to the controllers developed by Indilinx that were used by the first-generation OCZ Vertex SSDs. The new controller is a completely new generation, however, developed by the engineers that OCZ acquired from Indilinx and PLX.

The Vector SSD will be available in three capacities: 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB. OCZ wants compete with the Samsung 840 Pro and the Plextor M5 Pro. Hardware.Info tested the 256 GB model.


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