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OCZ Vector SSD Review – Indilinx Barefoot 3 Becomes Reality

OCZ VECTOR CASING AND COMPONENTS

The exterior of the OCZ Vector is of a heavy metal with an attractive black and blue face design with buffed rounded edging.  The base plate is secured by four screws that allow access to the printed circuit board (PCB).

One might notice the sticker on the top right screw that would immediately invalidate the warranty if damaged in any way.  We were one of the first to publish pictures of SSD interior components, a practice that met to the dismay of some manufacturers originally, however, we believe a first hand look is key to understanding the operation of a SSD.

The heart and soul of the OCZ Vector is OCZ’s own Indilinx Barefoot 3 IDX500-MOOBC controller and it is surrounded with eight modules of IMFT 25nm MLC synchronous 16GB NAND flash memory. It is not uncommon for companies to use their own branding on IMFT memory and it is also considered to be a cost saving measure in end price.

There are eight memory chips on each side of the PCB for a total of 256GB of RAW memory.  Without getting too technical, the total available capacity to the user is 238GB once the drive has been formatted, hence, the advertised capacity reflects that of total memory on the device.

Last but not least, there is a module of Micron DDR3 256MB SDRAM Cache memory on each side of the PCB.

SUSTAINED PERFORMANCE AND DURABILITY

Something we don’t often see in consumer SSDs is the characteristic of sustained performance which happens to be well described in that of the OCZ Vector. Their statement that, ” Each Vector will undergo an advanced and strenuous factory burn-in procedure before shipping to customers.” is a very refreshing thought to many and eliminates FOB (fresh out of box) results as we see in just about every SSD today.

Although typically, solid state drives might experience a drop in performance at some point, the Vector appears to be similar to only the Intel 520 and maintains steady state performance right from the get go.  OCZ’ proprietary advanced flash management also provides for the delivering of up to 20GB host writes per day for five years.  This is reflected in the warranty where it is listed at five years or 36.5TB writes, whichever comes first.

About Les Tokar

is a technology nut and Founder of The SSD Review. His early work includes the first consumer SSD review along with MS Vista, Win 7 and SSD Optimization Guides. Les is fortunate to, not only evaluate and provide opinion on consumer and enterprise solid state storage but also, travel the world in search of new technologies and great friendships. Google+
  • http://www.custompcreview.com/ Sam Chen

    Excellent as always, Les! Can’t wait to get mine in for testing!

  • Cape Dave

    I am very excited about this drive! Maybe it will be my next ssd.

  • dravo1

    Geeze, SandForce is getting kicked to the curb with this one. Do you think this will send toggle NAND to the sidelines for good?

  • HAMAD ALRAMTHAN

    What about this V. OCZ Vector Turbo

    • http://www.thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

      Eh?

  • Cape Dave

    Les, I took a chance and bought the 512GB from your Amazon link! I hope I like this drive!

    • http://www.thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

      You will and thanks! Need any help at all, send me a note as you have my email! Congrats…the long wait is finally over!

      • Cape Dave

        Yes, I just had a feeling about this drive. Bought a few shares of OCZ yesterday as well. They are very cheap :) But I am betting that this drive keeps them as a major player. And like you, I believe SSD’s are a HUGE market. And I always thought them buying Indilinx was a great idea. And this drive is the culmination of that.

      • http://www.thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

        Ya…shares are a pretty safe bet at this point…too bad I couldnt jump on that train.

      • Cape Dave

        Well, I only got 85 shares. Becasue I blew all my other $$$ on… AMD! Which I really hope makes a comeback :) I am really betting that OCZ learned from their earlier mistakes. It did take awhile for this drive to appear. It is also my first 512GB drive.

      • Cape Dave

        I bought 350 more shares of OCZ. I am betting that this drive is going to be a BIG winner. I hope I am right.

      • Cape Dave

        Got the disk today. Cloned it with no issues. Seems to be working just fine. Cannot seem to find the toolbox software online. Seems to top out at the Vertex drive.

      • http://www.thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

        Congrats Dave!!!

  • MikeGR7

    Les halo! First post here. Excellent review. Well i still side with 840 pro but OCZ did some serious job here. One question do you disable LPM before testing? Any opinion on that?

    • http://www.thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

      LPM as in CStates? I feel a bit embarassed that I dont know the definition eheh. If it is power management, check out the results in our forums here AFTER I disabled the C States…Actually I am going to give you the whole thread as my benches were only the first!!!

      http://www.thessdreview.com/Forums/ocz/3131.htm

      • MikeGR7

        LPM is SATA “Link Power Management”. Just registered btw.

      • MikeGR7

        Well looks like a strong boost with c states! On par with the 840pro. Well i won’t cancel my order for the sammy though!

  • MikeGR7

    Check this link. http://forum.crucial.com/t5/Solid-State-Drives-SSD/Solution-C300-Disk-Freeze-ups-in-Windows-7-solved-for-me/td-p/38766

    It looks like an important performance factor ignored by many. Maybe a note for the optimization guide? Trust me i felt embarassed more than once from your knowledge of ssd’s! Lol I’m a gpu knowhow guy. Your name is not wikipedia after all!

  • Felipe

    Hello Les, tanks for the review! Great as aways! I would like to know what SSD do you recommend between the Samsung 840 Pro 250GB and the OCZ Vector 240GB? I don’t understand so much about technical specifications, but I wan’t the very best available on the market at this moment! I’ll buy two SSDs to use on RAID 0, because of that I can’t do the wrong choice, since I’ll spent a good amount of money on this.

    • http://www.thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

      Neither of these drives could be he wrong choice and I haven’t settled on a favorite just yet as they are so close in performance and both have five year warranties. Either is the right pick for your needs.

      • Felipe

        Hi Les! Just bought two of those for RAID0! I’m in love with this SSDs ehe but I’m having a little problem. The write-back cache on IRST can’t be enabled =( Do you have any ideas to help me to enable that? The IRST version is 11.7.0.1013. One more thing: can I enable the TRIM function with this version of IRST? (if yes, how can I do that?)Thanks a lot!

  • John Le

    Hello Les, it is very good review but what about the DRAM Controller and two of the DDR3 256MB DRAM. Cache? how it it work? what is the advantage of this function?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Watkins/629637578 Daniel Watkins

    How good is the IOPs with SATA 3Gb/s? That would be good to know for people that have older laptops and want to buy the Vector for their old laptop but want to eventually upgrade their laptops.

    • kwhite802

      Pretty much any SATA III spec’d SSD will saturate the SATA II bus. Real world performance will float around 230MB/s . If you’re on a SATA II limited system, you can either save $ by buying a lower end SSD like an Agility 3 or know that with a 5 year warranty this SSD will be waiting with a performance jump when migrated to a newer system.

  • alan1476

    Its been 3 months, the Samsung Pro can be had for 100.00USD less than the Vector in the 512gb flavor. No contest Samsung every time. If both prices were equal, I would probably have a harder time deciding.

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