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OCZ Vertex 460 SSD Conclusion

IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested which may differ from future versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.

Our first rating is Performance, which compares how effective the OCZ Vertex 460 SSD performs in operations against competing SATA-based solid state drive storage solutions. For reference, OCZ specifications suggest 540 MB/s maximum reads and 525 MB/s write speeds from the 240GB Vertex 460. In our storage benchmark tests this solid state drive performed up to and beyond this speed, producing results that compared with fastest SATA-based products previously tested. ATTO Disk Benchmark tests proved the 240GB OCZ Vertex 460 SSD was good for delivering 553/534 MBps peak read/writes speeds. Linear testing with AIDA64 Disk Benchmark produced 488/458 MB/s, placing performance above Vertex 450 levels.

The OCZ Vertex 460 solid state drive sent to us for testing is advertised to deliver up to 85,000 random 4KB read IOPS, and 90,000 random 4KB write IOPS. Using Iometer operational performance tests configured to a queue depth of 32 outstanding I/O’s per target across 100% of the drive, our benchmarks produced 82,374 combined IOPS performance – not quite the highest SATA-based test results we’ve obtained but still near the top. In the 4K 32QD tests using AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark, the 240GB OCZ Vertex 460 SSD performed to the level of an enthusiast storage solution, but did not outperform its predecessor.

Taking these results together, it’s clear that OCZ have designed their Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller inside the Vertex 460 SSD series to deliver superior performance and reliability in real-world usage scenarios. Compared to other SSD products that utilize toggle or asynchronous NAND flash components, the synchronous NAND flash components used in the OCZ Vector series resist performance degradation as storage capacity is filled and represent the future of consumer-level solid state drives. Not only are these components fast, but they maintain better performance throughout the product’s lifetime.

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Solid State Drives are low-visibility products: you see them just long enough to install and then they’re forgotten. Like their Hard Disk Drive counterparts, Solid State Drives are meant to place function before fashion. Anything above and beyond a simple metal shell is already more than what’s expected in terms of the appearance. OCZ Storage Solutions has created a sleek 7mm profile with appealing finish on their Vertex 460 series SSDs. As solid state storage controllers become faster and more advanced, heat dissipation through the enclosure walls may demand that chassis designs become more beneficial than they previously needed to be. For now, the thermal transfer pad that joins the metal chassis to an Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller suits it nicely.

Durability is the strongest feature credited to the entire SSD product segment. SSDs are not prone to mechanical failure, but if any Vertex 460-series solid state storage product does happen to fail during the 3-year warranty period, end-users may contact OCZ Storage Solutions via their company website or extensive support forums. Fortunately, there’s also a toll-free telephone number (800-459-1816) for free technical support and customer service questions. OCZ has been proven to be one of the best companies in the business when it comes to customer service, and replacement parts are often sent with priority delivery.

As of March 2014, the OCZ Vertex 460 SSD series is available online in the following capacities and prices:

  • 120GB (VTX460-25SAT3-120G) – $99.99 (Amazon | Newegg)
  • 240GB (VTX460-25SAT3-240G) – $189.99 (Amazon | Newegg)
  • 480GB (VTX460-25SAT3-480G) – $359.99 (Amazon | Newegg)

The OCZ Vertex 460 SSD series reflects OCZ Storage Solutions’s dedication towards product reliability, and the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller delivers usable I/O performance rather than simply generating fast file transfer speeds. Consumers have been brainwashed into thinking SSDs are all about transfer speeds despite the importance of operational input-output performance. Most of us use our computers to actually do and store things, instead of just moving data across an empty drive. The new Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller produces fast SATA 6 Gb/s speeds while generating impressive IOPS performance to support massive concurrent transactions like those a database server might require. Additionally, the use of 19nm Toshiba NAND flash components ensure that power-users never have to wait for their programs to open or data to be fetched.

With solid state drive technology finally nearing mainstream adoption, products like the OCZ Vertex 460 help to improve performance while delivering increased longevity. Equipped with 19nm NAND flash components that will help drive down costs, and a storage controller that secures data with AES-256 encryption, Vertex 460 shares several features (and performance metrics) with OCZ’s less-expensive Vector 150 SSD. While the chances are very good that Vertex 460 will outlast the computer system its installed into, the product’s three-year warranty will ensure that consumers are well protected. Benchmark Reviews recognizes the OCZ Vertex 460 SSD with our Silver Tachometer Award, earned for high-end performance and durability.

Pros:

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+ Outstanding 553/534 MBps read/write speed with ATTO
+ Random 4K read/writes produced 82,374 IOPS
+ Indilinx Barefoot 3 processor offers native TRIM support
+ Automatic AES-256 data encryption
+ 3-Year OCZ product warranty support
+ Offered in 120/240/480GB storage capacities
+ Lightweight compact storage solution
+ Resistant to extreme shock impact
+ Low power consumption may extend battery life

Cons:

- Expensive enthusiast-level product
– Performs similar to OCZ Vector 150 SSD
– OCZ Vector 150 includes a 5-year warranty

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.00
  • Appearance: 9.25
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 7.25

Final Score: 8.8 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.

COMMENT QUESTION: Which brand of SSD do you trust most?


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