OCZ Vertex 450 SSD Review (256GB) – Back To The Start With Indilinx Success

TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL

Our analysis today will be conducted with our Asus Z77 Premium Test Bench. Clicking on any pictures or benchmarks will bring up a more easily viewable high resolution image.

In testing, our main objective 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.

Test Bench

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.

TSSDR Test Bench Details

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. In addition, we would also like to thank HighPoint for their contribution of the RocketStor 5322, RocketRAID 2711 and their External Mini-SAS to Esata cabling. Through this configuration we are able to benchmark all notebook and mSATA SSDs, whereby achieving identical performance as a direct system connection, yet we simply hot swap from the external storage dock.

BENCHMARK SOFTWARE

The software we will be using for today’s 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 OCZ INDILINX BF3-M10 CONTROLLER

The Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller was designed in-house and first used in the OCZ Vector SSD.  This controller features a power optimized clock generator and runs at lower clock speeds, improving yield and cutting costs for the end user.

Barefoot 3 M10 Controller

The BF3-M10 supports 20nm NAND flash memory, enables AES-256 encryption and provides for high sequential performance, high IOPS and long term sustained performance, regardless of file type.

OCZ Vertex 450 Indilinx Controller

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Any clue as to when will a new LSI Sandforce generation of consumer SSDs will reach the market – they seem long overdue…

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The SF-2000 Rev B, which is a low power version of the original, has been announced in the last few days but no news on any new version controller.

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Thanks.

Maybe they’ll take some more time, like Indilinx took from Vertex 1 to Vector products… but it is a pity as it would create more competition.