Review: OCZ Vertex 450 256GB SSD

Posted October 5, 2013 by Sam Chen in Reviews

The Vector’s Baby Brother

ocz-vertex-450-256gb-ssd-custom-pc-review-2OCZ’s Vertex line of SSDs has had a pretty long and pretty interesting history. Starting all the way back in 2008, the earliest Vertex carried the original Indilinx Barefoot controller, which was quite successful due to the great performance of the Barefoot controller at the time. Shortly after, OCZ introduced the Vertex 2 followed by the Vertex 3, which featured multiple iterations of the powerful SandForce controllers that has shaped the standard in SSD performance today.

After OCZ’s acquisition of Indilinx back in 2011, they put their new acquisition to good use, taking the company’s experience and applying it via custom firmware designs to Marvell controller hardware coming out with the Indilinx Everest 2 powered Vertex 4. Several months later, we saw the release of the OCZ Vector carrying the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller, which shaped up to become the first controller produced completely in house from the Indilinx acquisition – sans Marvell or SandForce hardware underneath.

OCZ Vector Specifications

Manufacturer OCZ Technology OCZ Technology OCZ Technology
Model Vertex 450 Vertex 450 Vertex 450
Capacity 128 GB 256 GB 512 GB
Controller Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10
NAND 20nm IMFT Synchronous MLC 20nm IMFT Synchronous MLC 20nm IMFT Synchronous MLC
Sequential Reads 525 MB/s 540 MB/s 540 MB/s
Sequential Writes 290 MB/s 525 MB/s 530 MB/s
Interface SATA 3 6GB/s SATA 3 6GB/s SATA 3 6GB/s
Warranty 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years

This of course leads us OCZ’s latest offering, the OCZ Vertex 450, which we’ll be reviewing today. The OCZ Vertex 450 is the newest SSD in OCZ’s lineup and for the most part is an update of sorts to the already successful Vertex 4. On the controller side, OCZ has moved away from their short lived time with the Marvell hardware based Indilinx Everest 2 controller in favor of the completely in house designed Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller. For those who follow along with SSD technology, the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller is the same exact controller used in flagship OCZ Vector SSD, which was released early last year. Along with the updated controller, the latest Vertex is also getting MLC NAND produced on IMFT’s latest 20nm process versus the older 25nm IMFT MLC NAND found on the older Vertex 4 and the Vector.

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