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OCZ Vector (256GB) review

OCZ Vector SSD (256GB) - A Challenger to Marvell & SandForce

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Overall rating 8/10
Performance:
8.5
Features:
7
Value:
6.5
THE GOOD
Impressive performance in most tests
Read/write performance were equally consistent
In-house developed controller and firmware
THE BAD
No frills or accessories
Commands considerable premium over other high-end SSDs


Results - AS SSD Benchmark

AS SSD Results

AS SSD is a benchmark that uses non-compressible and completely random data. What this means is that the drives using the SF-2281 controller cannot compress the data first, which takes away one of the strong advantages of this controller. Therefore this is a useful benchmark because drives that use the SF-2281 don't gain an upper hand.

OCZ has not revealed specifics about how their new controller works, but the results here are encouraging. Sequential read speed was amongst the highest while sequential write speeds broke records, managing 484.69MB/s, 6% faster than the previous highest record, which, incidentally, was achieved by the OCZ Vertex 4.

Elsewhere, the Vector claimed top honors in the 4k, 64 threads workloads, and was also stunning in the simulated copy work loads too. If this is any indication of the Vector’s overall performance, OCZ could have a winner in their hands.