OCZ Vector 150 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 Vector 150 SSD performs in operations against competing SATA-based solid state drive storage solutions. For reference, OCZ Technology specifies the Indilinx Barefoot 3 BF3-M00 controller capable of 550 MB/s maximum reads and 530 MB/s write speeds. In our storage benchmark tests the 240GB OCZ Vector 150 solid state drive (model VTR150-25SAT3-240G) performed up to this speed, producing respectable results that compare the fastest SATA-based products previously tested. Our benchmark tests proved the 240GB OCZ Vector 150 SSD was good for delivering 559/534 MBps peak read/writes speeds using ATTO Disk Benchmark. Linear testing with AIDA64 Disk Benchmark produced 496/362 MB/s, placing performance near Vertex 450 levels.
The OCZ Vector 150 solid state drive sent to us for testing is advertised to deliver up to 90,000 random 4KB read IOPS, and 95,000 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 88,299 combined IOPS performance – the highest SATA-based test results we’ve obtained. In the 4K 32QD tests using AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark, the 240GB OCZ Vector 150 SSD outperformed every other enthusiast storage solution except the original OCZ Vector and 480GB Crucial M500 SSDs.
Taking these results together, it’s clear that OCZ have designed their Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller inside the Vector 150 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.
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 Technology has created a sleek 7mm profile with appealing finish on their Vector 150 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 Vector 150-series solid state storage product does happen to fail during the 5-year warranty period, end-users may contact OCZ Technology 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 December 2013, the OCZ Vector 150 SSD series is available online in the following capacities and prices:
The OCZ Vector 150 SSD series reflects OCZ Technology’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 even though operational input-output performance is the most important metric. 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, the OCZ Vector 150 uses improved performance and increased longevity to achieve top ratings, while 19nm NAND flash components will help drive down costs and the controller secures data with AES-256 encryption. Chances are very good that the Vector 150 SSD will outlast the computer system its installed into, but the product’s five-year warranty will help ensure that consumers are still well protected. Benchmark Reviews recognizes how well the OCZ Vector 150 SSD series delivers operational performance to power users by topping our IOPS test results, proudly earning our Golden Tachometer Award.
+ Outstanding 559/534 MBps read/write speed with ATTO
+ Random 4K read/writes produced 88,299 IOPS – best tested!
+ Indilinx Barefoot 3 processor offers native TRIM support
+ Automatic AES-256 data encryption
+ 5-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
- Expensive enthusiast-level product
- Performance: 9.25
- Appearance: 9.25
- Construction: 9.50
- Functionality: 9.00
- Value: 8.00
Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
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