OCZ Vector 150 SSD Review: Little has changed in a year

By Steve Walton on November 7, 2013, 10:00 AM
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The Vector 150 is an evolutionary step forward for OCZ's enthusiast series, improving the original Vector's endurance and security by supposedly being able to withstand 150% more writes along with providing AES-256 encryption. By focusing on those features, OCZ left us with the impression that speed wasn't a priority, but that hasn't prevented the company from boasting about breaking performance barriers.

OCZ says its Vector 150 series offers better sustained and mixed workload results than its first Vector and while we'll test those claims shortly, for now it's worth noting that the company's pricing certainly seems to reflect a speed boost at no less than $1.00 per gigabyte. The 120GB model is set at $130 ($1.08/GB), the 240GB version is fetching $240 ($1.00/GB) and the 480GB Vector 150 is going for $500 ($1.04/GB).

By comparison, OCZ's performance series Vertex 450 is priced at $230 for 256GB ($0.89/GB), while Samsung's 256GB SSD 840 Pro is only $0.83/GB and a TLC-equipped 840 Evo of the same size costs a mere $0.66/GB. We're skeptical about OCZ being able to justify the Vector 150's price, but the company has surprised us with knockout performance in the past so it only seems fair to expect big things from their latest drive.

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wastedkill said:

Page 4 says higher is better but I thought the less seconds waiting was better o.O or am I missing something that normal hard drives are better?

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Page 4 says higher is better but I thought the less seconds waiting was better
And you are correct.

lipe123 said:

Damn everyone beat me to the page 4 thing haha.

Another thought though; its really strange that in all the synthetic benchmarks the new vector 150 does very well, much better than the 840 evo in a lot of them. In the real world tests it did.. average though.

Shows how you cannot really trust the synthetic benchmarks.

JC713 JC713 said:

I really think OCZ has lost its way. Once the pioneers of SSDs, now the runner up.

gamoniac said:

MSRP is always higher. We will see the real price when it hits online stores.

ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

MSRP is always higher? I can tell you haven't been shopping for an R9 290x

Guest said:

As an OCZ drive owner and a stock owner, I wonder: what happens to that 5 year warranty when the company goes bankrupt sometime this year?

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

As an OCZ drive owner and a stock owner, I wonder: what happens to that 5 year warranty when the company goes bankrupt sometime this year?
bankrupt?

Is that a projection or do you know something I don't?

GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

I have a OCZ Vertex 3 120gb and a Samsung 840 Pro 512. The Samsung is in my desktop and the OCZ is in my laptop, both perform very well and I used to think OCZ was the best. In my book though, I would take a samsung anyday at this point, the price to performance and the just solid feeling (no pun intended) of the drives in action feels the best. I wish OCZ could really make some more strides forward again.

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