OCZ Vertex 450 (256GB) - Vector Jr. Arrives


Test Setup

Test Setup

The new OCZ Vertex 450 was tested on our updated testbed. The main changes are the faster Core i5-2500K processor and a newer Z77 motherboard which has native Thunderbolt connectivity.

  • Intel Core i5-2500K (3.3GHz)
  • ASUS P8Z77 Pro Thunderbolt (Intel Z77 chipset)
  • 2 x 2GB DDR3-1600 memory
  • MSI GeForce 8600 GTS
  • Windows 7

A point to note is that we have also revised our testing methodology of SSDs. Mainly, we have trimmed down the list of benchmarks used and also included real world timing tests. By combining benchmarks with real world tests, we think that this will give users a more complete picture of how they can expect an SSD to perform.

The list of benchmarks used are as follows:

  • AS-SSD benchmark 1.7.4739
  • CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1
  • PCMark 7 (Storage suite)
  • Iometer (version 2006.07.27)
  • Timing Tests (Cold start, Reboot, Apps Launching)

It will be interesting to see how the Vertex 450 will match against its bigger sibling, the Vector. Also, we are including results from some of the top drives in the market today, such as the Intel SSD 520 Series, Samsung SSD 840 Pro, and the Corsair Neutron GTX. Here is the full list of drives tested:

  • OCZ Vertex 450 (256GB)
  • OCZ Vector (256GB)
  • Seagate 600 (256GB)
  • Corsair Neutron GTX (256GB)
  • Samsung SSD 840 Pro (240GB)
  • Intel SSD 520 Series (240GB)
7.5
Performance
8.5
Features
7
Value
7.5
The Good
Good overall performance
Installation bracket provided
In-house developed controller and firmware
The Bad
Slightly disappointing performance on Iometer
Priced a tad too closely to the Vector