OCZ Vector SSD Review – Indilinx Barefoot 3 Becomes Reality


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).

blankOne 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.


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.


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

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

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

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    What about this V. OCZ Vector Turbo

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

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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!

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        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.

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

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        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.

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        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.

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        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.

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    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?

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    Check this link. https://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!

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    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.

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      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.

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        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 One more thing: can I enable the TRIM function with this version of IRST? (if yes, how can I do that?)Thanks a lot!

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    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?

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    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.

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      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.

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    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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