OCZ Vector SSD Review – Indilinx Barefoot 3 Becomes Reality

TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL

Our analysis today will be conducted with our Asus Z77 Premium Test Bench.

In testing, our main goal is to obtain results as pure and as accurate as possible and we want to ensure that no anomalies slip through. Simply put, we want to provide you with the absolute best results the tested hardware can provide. Repetition in testing is standard and, if necessary, we may conduct specific tests in Windows 7 safe mode to ensure the OS has little to no influence on the end result.

In order to validate and confirm our findings, testing is supported by industry accepted benchmark programs. All results are displayed through capture of the actual benchmark for better understanding of the testing process by the reader.

We would like to thank ASUS (P8Z77-V Premium), Intel (Core i7-3770K), Crucial (Ballistix), Corsair (H100) and Be Quiet (PSU/Fans) for supporting the build of our Z77 Premium Test Bench.

BENCHMARK SOFTWARE

The software we will be using for todays analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal DiskMark, AS SSD, Anvil Storage Utilities and PCMark Vantage.  We rely on these as they each have a way of supporting one another yet, at the same time, adding a new performance benchmark to the total picture.  Much of the software is free and can be downloaded simply by clicking on the linked title.

THE INDILINX BAREFOOT 3 CLOSE UP

OCZ’s new IP is the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller that has a model number of IDX500M00-BC. Here we have a bit of a close up view of the controller first hand:

CRYSTAL DISK INFO VER 5.0.5

Crystal Disk Info NORMALLY provides some excellent information about the SSD itself to include its health, product information, power on information as well as the characteristics of the SSD. We can see that the SSD is capable of TRIM as it is not grayed out as with APM and AAM.

While we have a bit of space, here is a quick shot of the IMFT ‘OCZ branded’ memory of the Vector.  Clicking on any of our pictures in this article will provide a higher resolution picture.

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

Cape Dave
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Cape Dave

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

dravo1
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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
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HAMAD ALRAMTHAN

What about this V. OCZ Vector Turbo

Les@TheSSDReview
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Eh?

Cape Dave
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Cape Dave

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

Les@TheSSDReview
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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
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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.

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

Cape Dave
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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
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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
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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.

Les@TheSSDReview
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Congrats Dave!!!