The battle between the Vector and the Samsung SSD 840 Pro has been closely contested ever since the Indilinx-based drive arrived late last year, though when push comes to shove OCZ could be on the losing end. As it stands today the SSD 840 Pro series is slightly cheaper and slightly faster in our real-world tests. Therefore it makes sense that today OCZ is releasing a second SSD series based on a slightly modified version of the Barefoot 3 controller that is designed to be more cost effective.
Known as the Vertex 450, this new SSD uses the ‘Barefoot 3 M10’ controller, which features a power-optimized clock generator and runs at a slightly lower clock speed. The latter helps improve yields and thus drives costs down. Additionally, the modified Barefoot controller supports 20nm lithography NAND and AES-256 encryption.
The OCZ Vector 256GB SSD model packs read and write speeds of 550MB/s and 530MB/s. All Vector models are loaded with 25nm IMFT NAND synchronous flash memory. The Vector SSD series is rated to deliver 20GB of writes per day for 5 years, which equates to a total of 36.5TB’s of written data. OCZ also provides a full 5-year warranty.
The OCZ Vertex 4 Series 64GB model packs read and write speeds of 460MB/s and 220MB/s. The 128GB version is much faster with 550MB/s reads and 420MB/s writes. The 256GB and 512GB models feature the same 550MB/s reads, but writes are boosted to 465MB/s and 475MB/s, respectively.
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