OCZ Vector 256GB SSD full review

The OCZ Vector is a very fast SSD, its 7mm height is suitable for thin-and-light laptops, and at 256GB it has 16GB more capacity than much of the competition. However, it carries a high price per gigabyte. See all storage reviews.

OCZ's latest drive, the Vector, utilizes the company's new IndiLinx Barefoot 3 controller in conjunction with 25nm, IMTF (Intel Micron Flash Technologies) MLC NAND. Said NAND is rated for 550-MBps sequential writing and 530-MBps writing, as well as 95,000/100,000, 4KB write/read operations per second. Whatever the numbers, the Vector is fast.
OCZ's Vector is almost as fast as Samsung's pricier 840 Pro, and the warranty is just as long.

In fact, the Vector was the only model in our December 2012 SSD tests to give the Samsung 840 Pro a run for its money. The competition was fierce, with the 840 Pro nosing past the Vector's 489.1 MBps combined overall read/write performance by a mere 7.1 MBps.

OCZ Vector performance tests


OCZ Vector performance tests

Test by test, the Vector did well. It wrote our 10GB file/folder mix at 424.5 MBps and read the data back at 406.3 MBps; it wrote our single large 10GB file at 654.3 MBps, and read that back at 471.2 MBps. The drive’s average write performance was a whopping 541.5 MBps, and its average read performance was 438.8 MBps. Each of those transfer rates ranked second or third in the roundup.

OCZ expects the 256GB Vector to fetch £210 at retail (82p per gigabyte), and that’s what it was going for online. OCZ ships the drive with a mounting bracket and screws, and if you look in the included manual, you’ll find a serial number for Acronis True Image to aid in cloning your old drive to the Vector.

The OCZ Vector isn't cheap, but it is extremely fast. It also provides 16GB more capacity than its main competitor, the Samsung 840 Pro, and it comes with an equally long five-year warranty.

OCZ Vector review: SSDs explained

Installing an SSD in your PC, be it a laptop or a desktop, is one of the easiest and most effective ways to boost the machine's overall performance. The change won't be merely noticeable—it will startle you. Your system will boot more quickly, windows and menus will jump open, and programs and data will load much, much faster.

In case you don't know what an SSD is, the acronym stands for solid-state drive—that is, solid-state as in no moving parts, and drive as in the fact that an SSD appears as a hard drive to your computer. But instead of storing data on one or more spinning platters, an SSD writes and reads data to and from nonvolatile flash memory. In addition, an SSD contains a controller that's analogous to the memory controller in your PC's CPU or core-logic chipset.

Many vendors sell SSDs, but the devices are far from equal. Flash memory and controller technology have both advanced so quickly that what was fast last year is now second-class. The drives you might find in the bargain bin will be faster than a consumer-grade mechanical hard drive, but they won't deliver the astounding performance boost you'll be looking for.

The memory/interface controller is a major factor in determining each SSD's performance.


OCZ Vector 256GB SSD: Specs

  • Solid state drive - internal
  • 256GB
  • 25nm multi-level cell (MLC)
  • Ultra Slim Line
  • Serial ATA-600
  • 69.75x99.7x7mm
  • 115g
  • MTBF: 1,300,000 hours
  • 1 x Serial ATA-600 - 22 pin Serial ATA
  • Power Consumption (Active/Idle): 2.25 Watt/0.9 Watt
  • Acronis True Image HD
  • 3.5-inch bay adapter
  • VCCI, C-Tick, BSMI, FCC, RoHS, KCC
  • 5 years warranty

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