REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
You may have noticed that we compared the new OCZ Vertex 460 SSD to OCZ Vector 150 on several occasions within this report. There is a reason. Given exception to the fact that OCZ has revised the Barefoot 3 to the Barefoot 3 M10, these drives are pretty much a twin of one another; same Toshiba memory, same Micron DRAM cache and same Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller…add the revision. Although we find this a bit odd, it isn’t necessarily such a bad thing. Perhaps OCZ is trying to get away from the Vector and stay with the tried and true Vertex name… Who knows?
One thing is for certain though and that is the fact that both the Vector 150 and the Vertex 460 are probably two of the toughest non-enterprise SSDs we have tested to date. That’s a fact. I mean…there are SSD manufacturers out there that would cringe at the thought of putting their consumer SSD through just under 14 hours of the toughest testing around. Let’s face it…that’s what enterprise SSDs are made for.
There is a very distinct difference between the Vertex 460 and the Vector 150 though, and that is the price. Where we originally found the Vector 150 just walking the line of that $1/GB mark, the Vertex 460 is well below that and that is great news for the consumer. Even at first release, OCZ’ MSRP for the Vertex 460 is right at the .74/GB point and that is a definite benefit to the consumer…and maybe even some small businesses.
All in all, OCZ has put together another great SSD and, coincidentally, our reporting of this falls on the same day the courts have approved Toshiba’s purchase of OCZ SSD assets. We believe the Vertex 460 is very deserving of our Top Value Award, not taking away the fact that it is an upper tier SSD that we still consider to be a workhorse.