Reviews and Problems with OCZ Vector Series VTR1-25SAT3
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OCZ Vector 256GB Solid State Drive
12 May 2013
Conclusion: TRIM Performance: While SSD's offer many benefits, there are some downsides to using flash memory. One of the biggest issues people run into is performance degradation. Over time, an SSD will run out of fresh blocks and will have to write over data the file system has marked as deleted. This procedure is very complicated and can slow an SSD's write speeds considerably. To fix this problem, most manufacturers have added TRIM support to their SSDs.
Pros: Available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities, Excellent sequential read and write speeds, Good random read and write performance, Performs equally well with compressible and incompressible data, Good looking, ultra-slim design, SATA 6Gb/s interface, Synchronous NAND flash, Large DRAM cache, Supports TRIM and idle background garbage collection, Includes a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter bracket, Includes Acronis True Image cloning software, 5 year warranty
Cons: Pricey, Does not support hardware based encryption
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Summary: OCZ has been a pioneer in the solid state drive field for more than four years now. Some of their models, like the high-performance Vertex and mainstream Agility series are in their fourth generation design. In purchasing Indilinx, OCZ brings controller manufacture in-house, and for the first time allows them to offer a product different from all the other "me-too" SSD makers.
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.
Pros: Industry-leading 5-Year OCZ product warranty support, Impressive 559/536 MBps read/write transfer speeds, Random 4K writes produced 57,398 IOPS at 50% capacity, Indilinx Barefoot 3 processor offers native TRIM support, Automatic AES data encryption, Offered in 128/256/512GB storage capacities, Lightweight compact storage solution, Resistant to extreme shock impact, Low power consumption may extend battery life
Summary: Final Thoughts
If the Vector was the last ditch effort of a dying company it would be a valiant one, but I don’t see OCZ going anywhere. The Barefoot 3 controller is what OCZ has been working towards for the past few years. This is why they made the acquisitions they did and I am sure it is going to pay off. Up until now OCZ used other companies technologies in their solid state drives, much like everyone else in the space.
Pros: Great performance, Solid data transfer performance, Acronis True Image software included, Does not have the incompressible data issue like SandForce drives, 5 year warranty
Summary: OCZ's Vector SSD is an excellent new drive that will provide positive momentum to OCZ, which has recently been plagued by poor business news. This drive's in-house Indilinx controller and its cheap, readily available synchronous NAND flash also lead to better margins for OCZ by ensuring cheap production costs. In our testing, we see the Vector 256 GB cruise past most other drives, no matter which controller they use.
Pros: Very high performance, Stable steady-state performance, Supports TRIM, 5 -year warranty, 7 mm thin - Ultrabook compatible, Acronis TrueImage HD license included
Conclusion: The OCZ Vector Series VTR1-25SAT3-256G 256GB internal solid-state drive features the new Indilinx controller, and some strong performance, but it's one of the more expensive SSDs in its category.
Pros: Strong overall performance, particularly in random workloads.
Conclusion: Up to the point where I got the Vector on our test bench, the Vertex 4 was one of the yard sticks so to say that we marked all other drives on the market against, based on its performance all round and no matter what we threw at it. The Vector though has now re-written the rule book and it looks like we’ve got ourselves a brand new yard stick to measure against.
OCZ Vector 256GB SSD review: with Indilinx Barefoot 3
27 November 2012
Excerpt: Today OCZ launched a new SSD series under the name Vector. OCZ is aiming at the high-end segment with these, more or less as a follow-up to the existing Vertex 4 series. The interesting part about the new SSD is the controller, as the Indilinx Barefoot 3 has been developed by OCZ themselves. Hardware.Info tested the Vector to find out whether it can hold its own against the other fast SSDs that recently came out.
Summary: OCZ Technology have finally finished their own groundbreaking hardware platform for solid state drives – Indilinx Barefoot 3. And they have every intention to reshape the market by launching their first SSD series based on it called OCZ Vector. Will they succeed?