|OCZ Vector Solid State Drive|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 09 January 2013|
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OCZ Vector SSD Conclusion
IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested which may differ from future versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.
Our performance rating considers how effective the OCZ Vector SSD performs in file transfer operations against competing solid-state storage solutions. For reference, the 256GB model is specified by OCZ to produce up to 550 MB/s read speeds and 530 MB/s writes. In our storage benchmark tests the OCZ Vector SSD (256GB model VTR1-25SAT3-256G) performed slightly above these speeds. Our test results demonstrated that OCZ's Vector SSD was good for delivering 559/536 MB/s peak read and write speeds using ATTO Disk Benchmark SSD speed tests. Linear file transfers with Everest Disk Benchmark produced 484/378 MB/s, which exceeds performance of the OCZ Vertex 4 and OCZ Octane SSDs. Transfer speeds were very fast overall, and among some of the best we've recorded.
The 256GB OCZ Vector SSD sent to us for testing is advertised to deliver up to 100,000 random 4KB read IOPS and 95,000 random 4KB write IOPS... which is greater than any past SATA-based SSD that OCZ Technology has offered. Using Iometer operational performance tests configured to a queue depth of 32 outstanding I/O's per target across 100% of the drive, our benchmarks produced 60,052 combined IOPS performance. Using OCZ's own suggested test configuration, which more accurately represents an SSD with 50% data fill, the random 4K write test produced 57,398 IOPS. In 4K 32QD tests using AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark, the OCZ Vector SSD excelled well past the competition by a very sizable margin.
Taking these results together, it's clear that OCZ have designed their Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller inside the Vector SSD series to deliver superior performance and reliability in real-world usage scenarios. Compared to other SSD products that utilize toggle or asynchronous NAND flash components, the synchronous NAND flash components used in the OCZ Vector series resist performance degradation as storage capacity is filled and represent the future of consumer-level solid state drives. Not only are these components fast, but they maintain better performance throughout the product's lifetime.
Solid State Drives are low-visibility products: you see them just long enough to install and then they're forgotten. Like their Hard Disk Drive counterparts, Solid State Drives are meant to place function before fashion. Anything above and beyond a simple metal shell is already more than what's expected in terms of the appearance. OCZ Technology has created a sleek 7mm profile with appealing finish on their Vector series SSDs. As solid state storage controllers become faster and more advanced, heat dissipation through the enclosure walls may demand that chassis designs become more beneficial than they previously needed to be. For now, the thermal transfer pad that joins the metal chassis to an Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller suits it nicely.
Construction is probably the strongest feature credited to the entire SSD product segment, and OCZ products seldom offer exception to this rule. Solid-state storage is by nature immune to most abuses, but add a hard metal shell and the chance of failure is reduced to internal component defects. If any Vector series SSD product happens to fail during the 5-year warranty period, end-users may contact OCZ via the company website or extensive support forums. Fortunately, there's also a toll-free telephone number (800-459-1816) for free technical support and customer service questions. OCZ has been proven to be one of the best companies in the business when it comes to customer service, and replacement parts are often sent with priority delivery.
As of January 2013, the OCZ Vector SSD is available online in the following capacities and prices:
The OCZ Vector SSD series reflects OCZ Technology's dedication towards product reliability, and the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller delivers usable I/O performance rather than simply generating fast file transfer speeds. Consumers have been brainwashed into thinking SSDs are all about transfer speeds even though operational input-output performance is the most important metric. Most of us use our computers to actually do and store things, instead of just moving data across an empty drive. The new 400MHz Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller produces impressive SATA 6 Gb/s speeds while generating IOPS performance to support massive concurrent transactions like a database server might require. Additionally, the use of 25nm synchronous NAND flash components and large 512MB cache buffer ensure that power-users never have to wait for their programs to open or data to be fetched.
OCZ is so confident of their Vector SSD that five years of warranty support go above and beyond what we've seen offered for their other product lines. Vector does cost a bit more than other recently launched solid state products, however this difference is offset by the product's performance, stability, and warranty features. Benchmark Reviews recognizes how well the OCZ Vector SSD delivers useful performance for power users and enthusiasts while still topping our performance charts in several tests, proudly earning our Golden Tachometer Award.
+ Industry-leading 5-Year OCZ product warranty support
- Expensive enthusiast-level product
Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
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