Conclusion: As a system drive with the operating system and applications running from the OCZ Vertex 450, this SSD is pretty hard to fault. Its excellent reading performance ensures that applications launch very quickly, and writing performance is outstanding across the board. The BareFoot 3 M10 SSD controller that powers the OCZ Vertex 450, is maybe a down clocked version of the original BareFoot 3, but it still packs a mighty punch.
Pros: Silky smooth operation as a system drive., Excellent sequential reading and writing performance, even at very low queue depths., Outstanding 4K random reading performance at high queue depths., Outstanding 4K random writing performance at low and high queue depths., TRIM support under Windows 7 and Windows 8., Completely silent operation., Fast operating system start-up and shutdown times., Windows 8 compatible Acronis HDD cloning software included., Very competitivel...
Cons: Nothing worth mentioning at this price point.
Conclusion: First and foremost the elephant in the room. Is OCZ as a company still going to be around to take care of the consumers who have purchased OCZ products? The short answer is yes it is after being purchased by market giant Toshiba. How long the brand will remain a viable entity is, however, still up for debate, but all warranties will be honored (we are told).
Summary: It’s “real world” performance, though, as measured by PCMark Vantage was top-of-the-list, with it smokin’ the Samsung 840 and Seagate 600 drives. Overall, this is a great drive and is fast across the board. But like the Seagate 600 , it’s too expensive. For this price, you can get an SSD with a 5-year warranty and more performance, like a Samsung 840 Pro.
Pros: More than enough speed; very solid build; OCZ firmware tools.
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, Good sequential and random read and write performance, Performs equally well with compressible and incompressible data, SATA 6Gb/s interface, Synchronous NAND flash, Large DRAM cache, Supports TRIM and idle background garbage collection, AES 256-bit encryption, Includes a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter bracket, Includes Acronis True Image cloning software, 3 year warranty
Conclusion: In the introduction of this review, we have set out to find out "what the fudge is this crap" about the OCZ Vertex 450 256GB. I mean, what is it? It is not the 450th generation of the Vertex line. But if it was, and if Winston Churchill was writing this review today, he would have said, "Let us therefore brace ourselves to our storage drives, and so bear ourselves, that if OCZ and its engineering team last for four hundred and fifty years, men will still say, this was...
Excerpt: OCZ Vertex 450 256GB Review Manufacturer: OCZ UK price (as reviewed): £179.99 (inc VAT) US price (as reviewed): $219.99 (ex Tax) The Vertex 450 is OCZ's new addition to its second tier SSD series and the upgrade to the Vertex 4 , while the Vector still occupies the top spot in OCZ's line-up with higher speeds and a longer warranty.
Summary: OCZ's Vertex 450 is a worthy replacement for the Vertex 4. It uses OCZ's own Indilinx Barefoot controller we first saw on the OCZ Vector. The Vertex 450 matches the Vertex 4 in terms of performance, but comes at significantly reduced pricing. Performance is also in the range of typical SandForce drives, but falls a bit short compared to the latest and greatest from Toshiba and Samsung.
Pros: Solid performance, Good MySQL enterprise 48 threads results, Acronis drive migration software included, 7.5 mm thin—Ultrabook compatible, Supports TRIM, 3-year warranty
Cons: More expensive than comparable drives, Not as fast as other high-end drives (which are more expensive, though)
Conclusion: Since I have been reviewing SSDs, there is one particular brand that as been at the forefront of my testing and who are always willing to send me the latest revision of their most popular drives. This is of course OCZ and since I took a look at the Vertex 3 nearly two years ago, I’ve seen a number of Vertex drives since.
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: Outstanding 552/521 MBps read/write speed with ATTO, Random 4K read/writes produced 87,323 IOPS - best tested!, Indilinx Barefoot 3 processor offers native TRIM support, Automatic AES data encryption, 3-Year OCZ product warranty support, Offered in 128/256/512GB storage capacities, Lightweight compact storage solution, Resistant to extreme shock impact, Low power consumption may extend battery life
Summary: OCZ refreshes the venerable Vertex 450 line of SSDs with its Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller and 20nm Micron MLC NAND. The new Barefoot 3 BF3-M10 controller is the same controller featured on the flagship OCZ Vector, yet with a slower clock speed. Will this slower controller allow OCZ to gain a foothold in the value market?