OCZ Vertex 450 Review: Vector-like Performance For Less

By on May 23, 2013, 7:59 AM

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.

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VitalyT VitalyT said:

Nice product update. I might at last try OCZ for the first time, if they stay in the league.

There were talks of Samsung readying the 850 series. I wonder what happened to it...

PC nerd PC nerd said:

I don't think I'd ever risk spending money on an OCZ SSD, when I can buy from Samsung and rest easy knowing how reliable they are.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I have used the Vector 256GB SSD for about 6 months now and it has worked flawlessly. Fast as hell too... I wouldn't have any problems recommending it to friends.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

I've used the Vertex 4 256 Gb for almost a year now. It's still a gem with absolutely no problems. I'll use OCZ drives anytime.

Guest said:

I have had a 256 Vertex 4 since it came out... Never have had an issue. Extremely fast, great SSD IMO. But in 3 Years will the Samsung be running and my OCZ in the Trash? Probably won't find out, most likely will get a new SSD by then anyway...

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

If the price drops some I'll jump on these - but they've gotta get some larger capacity drives on the list. For now, my 2 * 512GB Vertex 4s are fine but running out of space.

JC713 JC713 said:

Nice product update. I might at last try OCZ for the first time, if they stay in the league.

There were talks of Samsung readying the 850 series. I wonder what happened to it...

I may try out a OCZ also for the first time for my Haswell build. I usually use Samsung storage (so I think I may buy a 840 Pro depending on pricing). As for the 850 series, Samsung just released firmware for the 840 Pro, so they probably are delaying the 850 and upgrading the 840 instead.

jeffz6 said:

I have used the Vector 256GB SSD for about 6 months now and it has worked flawlessly. Fast as hell too... I wouldn't have any problems recommending it to friends.

Like any HDD, its all personal experience with failures. But I have had 3 OCZ ssd's, and 2 have failed. I think all hardware has a hit and miss ratio.

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

I think all hardware has a hit and miss ratio.

That's true though yours seen much more miss than hit. They wouldn't happen to be early OCZ SSDs would they?

Guest said:

I have a OCZ Agility 3 and Vertex 4 and never had a single problem (over two years period).

Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

Running a couple of Vertex 3s and they have been flawless so far. Would say even if they were both to fail tomorrow I would have zero regrets but I would have an excuse to upgrade

MrBungle said:

I've have an Agility 2, Agility 4, Vertex 4 all of them work great (the agility 2 has been through 3 computers and still going strong) I wouldn't hesitate to buy another OCZ drive.

Guest said:

That was a couple of years ago. The latest OCZ Vector and Samsung 840 drives seem to do just fine. We haven't experienced any problems, zero defects after the first 4 month for over 120 installed drives (80 OCZ Vector 256GB/ 40 Samsung 840 Pro 256GB). We replaced 3 and 2 year old Vertex 2 and Vertex 3 drives which had a failure rate of about 5 in 100 every month or two.

Guest said:

I've got two Vertex 2, then two Vertex 3 and now two Vertex 4 without having any issues ! I'll take two Vertex 450 in my next rig without hesitation !

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