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

Test Setup

Test Setup

The drives tested on our new storage testbed, has the following system specifications:

  • Intel Core i5-2400 (3.1GHz)
  • MSI Z68A-GD80 (Intel Z68 chipset)
  • 2 x 4GB DDR3-1600 memory
  • MSI GeForce 8600 GTS
  • Windows 7

The list of SSDs tested are as follows:

  • OCZ Vector (256GB)
  • OCZ Agility 4 (256GB) (Firmware 1.5.2)
  • OCZ Vertex 4 (256GB) (Firmware 1.5)
  • Transcend SATA III SSD720 (256GB) (Firmware: 5.0.2)
  • Intel SSD 335 Series (240GB)
  • Intel SSD 520 Series (240GB)
  • Plextor M5 Pro (256GB) (Firmware 1.01)
  • Kingston HyperX SSD (240GB)

In this review, the new OCZ Vector will face stiff competition from the likes of Intel, Transcend and Plextor, who make some of the quickest SandForce and Marvell SSDs around. We will also be looking closely at how it performs against its own kind, the Vertex 4 - OCZ’s previous flagship. An OCZ Agility 4 was also added to the mix to give us an overview of OCZ’s current lineup of consumer-grade SSDs.

The list of benchmarks used are as follows:

  • AS-SSD benchmark 1.6.4
  • HD Tune Pro 4.6
  • CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1
  • PCMark 7
  • PCMark Vantage
  • Iometer (version 2006.07.27) 
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

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