OCZ Technology Vector 256GB SSD Review

OCZ Technology Vector 256GB SSD Review

OCZ Techonology's acquisition of Indilinx has paid off for them with the stellar performance of the Vertex 4 SSD, and taking it a step further, their new Vector series SSDs.  Having the ability to design the drive's controller has allowed OCZ the nimbleness and flexibility to tune their drives to be faster and have more balanced performance than their primary competitors.  In addition to leading the speeds in almost every test, the balanced performance is huge in differentiating it from its similarly-priced sibling, the Vertex 4.


OCZ Technology Vector 256GB SSD

The Vector Series delivers a new industry-leading solid state storage solution for the high-end consumer and workstation user. Meet the storage expectations you didn't know you had.


Vector delivers the industry's fastest performance. Rated for 100,000 random read and 95,000 random write IOPS to deliver ultimate responsiveness and a better overall computing and workstation experience than any other storage solution.


Vector redefines reliability and offers a premium SSD solution designed from the ground up for enhanced stability, quality, and durability.


Get consistently faster sustained speeds with the complete spectrum of file types and sizes, including both compressible and incompressible data for balanced, long-lasting performance like no other drive out there.


Built to last, Vector maximizes drive life with low write amplification, efficient garbage collection, and an advanced suite of NAND flash management to provide years of hard drive-humiliating performance that is second to none.


With a sleek 7mm housing, Vector's slim z-height ensures compatibility with the latest thinner form factor notebooks. Alloy casing lends style that matches your taste for modern storage.



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Available Capacities 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
NAND Components MLC
Interface SATA III / 6Gbps
Form Factor 2.5 inch; ultra-slim 7mm
Dimensions 99.7 (L) x 69.75 (W) x 7mm (H)
Weight 115g
Controller Indilinx Barefoot 3
Performance Optimizations TRIM, Idle Time Garbage Collection
Power Consumption Idle: 0.9W  Active: 2.25W
OS Compatibility Windows, Linux, Mac OSX
Included Contents Acronis cloning software registration key*;
3.5" desktop adapter
Warranty 5-years
  128GB 256GB / 512GB
Sequential Read1 550 MB/s 550 MB/s
Sequential Write1 400 MB/s 530 MB/s
4k Random Read2 90,000 IOPS 100,000 IOPS
4k Random Write2 95,000 IOPS 95,000 IOPS

1. Maximum sequential speeds are determined using ATTO,
2. 4KB random performance was achieved with Crystal Disk Mark, 1000MB test file size, QD32


Included Accessories

OCZ Vector 256GB Review - Included Accessories

Inside the pretty standard package is an equally-standard "payload."  A swanky sticker allows you to let everyone know where your heart lies (I haven't decided if I like this better than their "My SSD is Faster Than Yours" stickers).  Also included in addition to the SSD drive itself is a leaflet of warranty info and basic instructions and a 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch drive adapter for installing into standard hard drive bays.  OCZ has also bundled a copy of Acronis® True Image  to keep your documents and files revisioned and safe.

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