REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
Speaking to the new OCZ Vector 150 enthusiast SSD just wouldn’t seem right without considering OCZ’s background as well. From day one, they have been the dark horse of the SSD arena and many employees still with the company today have weathered the good and the bad. That’s the price paid for pushing forward and being an innovator in a new technology that many believed wouldn’t succeed. How did they do? I wish I had a penny for every time someone said they were closing their doors, being sold or, as with the most recent rumors, were considering sale of their consumer SSD division. If that information were reliable, anyone not grabbing that sale, just for the Barefoot 3 controller alone, would have to be nuts!
Like just about every introduction before it, OCZ is introducing a dynamite SSD to the consumer that will push things forward once again; enter the OCZ Vector 150 enthusiast SSD. Not only does it have the industry leading performance that has become the OCZ trademark, but also, it pushes that much further with a promise of great steady state and mixed workload performance. As reviewers, OCZ pretty much dared us to push the Vector 150 well past what many might consider the norm for a consumer SSD, and they are better for it. Displaying sustained IOPS in excess of 21K through 12 hours of 4K random write testing, and living to tell about it, pretty much guarantees that this SSD is a workhorse.
OCZ seems to have upped the ante on the vector 150 from all angles. Not only have they covered typical and sustained performance, but also OCZ once again went with a five-year warranty that speaks to 50GB host writes per day with typical consumer use. They have added 256-bit AES encryption, built the Vector 150 in a slim 7mm form factor, and even included migration instructions and a copy of Acronis True Image HD cloning software in the package. Pricing seems to be the only factor left for consideration.
MSRP is listed at $130 (120GB), $240 (240GB) and $500 (480GB) which is a tad high when we look at SSD pricing lately. Then again, I don’t think OCZ has ever had a release where demand didn’t exceed supply and retailers bumped pricing up just a bit. Checking the internet even now for those retailers trying for that early sale, we found a price tag on the 480GB capacity just over 6 bills. Yikes! Retailers will have the Vector SSD for sale at the time of this report and perhaps the price will surprise us just a bit.
Also, check out the OCZ Vector 120GB SSD Report at Technology X!