OCZ Vector 256 GB Review: An SSD Powered By Barefoot 3

Test Setup And Benchmarks

We suspect that a shift to Windows 8 is going to affect our storage benchmarking to some degree. However, making the shift is also going to require a lot of re-testing, which we don't have done quite yet. As a result, we're sticking with our Windows 7-based platform today.

Test Hardware
Processor
Intel Core i5-2400 (Sandy Bridge), 32 nm, 3.1 GHz, LGA 1155, 6 MB Shared L3, Turbo Boost Enabled
Motherboard
Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3
Memory
Kingston Hyper-X 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1333 @ DDR3-1333, 1.5 V
System Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s
Tested DrivesIntel SSD 320 300 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: 1.92

Intel SSD 320 80 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: 1.92

Intel SSD 330 180 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 300i

Intel SSD 330 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 300i

Samsung 830 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: CXMO

Samsung 830 64 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: CXMO

Crucial m4 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s Firmware: 0309

Crucial m4 64 GB SATA 6Gb/s Firmware: 0009

OCZ Vertex 3 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.15

OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.22

OCZ Vertex 3 60 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.15

OCZ Agility 3 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.22

OCZ Agility 3 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.22

OCZ Agility 3 60 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.22

OCZ Vertex 4 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 1.5

OCZ Agility 4 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 1.5

OCZ Agility 4 128 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 1.5

OCZ Vertex 4 64 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 1.5

Samsung 840 Pro 512 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: DMX02B0Q

Corsair Neutron GTX 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: M206

OCZ Vector 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 1.02
Graphics
Palit GeForce GTX 460 1 GB
Power Supply
Seasonic 760 W, 80 PLUS Gold
System Software and Drivers
Operating SystemWindows 7 x64 Ultimate
DirectX
DirectX 11
DriverGraphics: Nvidia 270.61
RST: 10.6.0.1002
Virtu: 1.1.101
Benchmarks
Tom's Hardware Storage Bench v1.0
Trace-Based
Iometer 1.1.0
# Workers = 1, 4 KB Random: LBA=8 GB, varying QDs, 128 KB Sequential, 8 GB LBA Precondition
PCMark 7
Storage Suite
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  • "In the real world, it's almost a certainty that you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between them (or a number of the nearly-as-fast but tangibly less expensive models featured each month in Best SSDs For The Money)."

    This, This, This. All SSDs are pretty amazing at this point for me, the average user. What I care fare more about is - Are they reliable. At the moment, it still seems that Intel holds the reliability crown. Reviews like this are great, for sure, but they don't answer the most important question sadly.
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  • gnesterenko"In the real world, it's almost a certainty that you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between them (or a number of the nearly-as-fast but tangibly less expensive models featured each month in Best SSDs For The Money)."This, This, This. All SSDs are pretty amazing at this point for me, the average user. What I care fare more about is - Are they reliable. At the moment, it still seems that Intel holds the reliability crown. Reviews like this are great, for sure, but they don't answer the most important question sadly.


    Let's make one thing clear. Endurance, reliability, durability, they all refer to different things.

    When it comes to reliablity, everything we know is rather anecdotal. There are no published RMA rates (only return rates and for a 500 sample size), so its rather flawed. Second, two users subject their SSDs in different ways. The first may have more random data in their workload. You can't make an evaluation that drive x failed for user y therefore its bad. What you do matters. Unlike HDDs, performance and characteristics of the drive change based on what you do to it. Since no two users do the same thing with their system, the only real way to test this out is to get a few thousand SSDs, subject them to the same workload in a big data center for a few years. I'd love to do this but naturally, it's really not feasible. :)

    Cheers,
    Andrew Ku
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  • So basically all good SSD's are constrained by the SATA3 interface. I cant wait for the direct PCIE interface(express pcie ?) to become standard.
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  • Do these drives (specially the Samsung 840) support TRIM in RAID 0 arrays or this is a property related to the chipset?
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  • HupiscratchDo these drives (specially the Samsung 840) support TRIM in RAID 0 arrays or this is a property related to the chipset?


    That's a mobo thing. You're going to want a 7-series chipset from Intel.

    Cheers,
    Andrew Ku
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  • Jebus Samsungs are such strong contenders on all fields..
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  • i dont care how much slower the crucial m4 is compared to the new kids on the block, I will keep stocking them for myself and company, since that is the only one that has never failed me.
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  • 315048 said:
    i dont care how much slower the crucial m4 is compared to the new kids on the block, I will keep stocking them for myself and company, since that is the only one that has never failed me.


    Glad to hear the m4s are working out for you! Indeed, they have a pretty good track record.

    Cheers,
    Andrew Ku
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  • So should I buy some of thier stock now...? It can't get much lower than them going out of business from the lawsuits... :/
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  • I just hope that there won't be as many firmware updates with this drive. I got tired of that with my past 2 OCZ SSD's (Vertex 3 & Vertex Turbo). It was way too often, almost as much as my GPU drivers. That being said, they both have given me no issues whatsoever and run like champs. I see a 256GB Vector in my future.
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  • didnt ocz assure you last time it was their own controller until they were forced to admit they lied? now im guessing that even a company as shady as ocz wouldnt be dumb enough to try to pull the same stunt twice. i personally wouldnt touch a new ocz controller. if they can prove its stable and not a beta product that requires 10 firmware updates to become a stable consumer grade product then maybe i would consider it if the performance/price was better then the competition. that said im all for continued firmware development/support and i know there is no such thing as perfect bug free code but that is what validation testing is for and its unacceptable to release unfinished/broken products. otherwise ill take my chances with intel/samsung/crucial.
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    With so much drama in the LBC, it's kinda hard being a company selling SSDs.


    Best quote ever!!!
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  • It makes me very glad to see companies putting more time and effort into their SSDs rather than letting Sandforce do it for them. I have a Vertex 4 and it's a very impressive drive - I had my doubts about buying one but it's definitely impressed me so far. I am really interested to see what Bigfoot can do.
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  • I'll stick with Mushkin's Chronos Deluxe, best performance/price I've found in any SSD.
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  • It amuses me how many people say they'll stick with a particular model/brand of SSD because *insert reason*, as if
    they've actually run statistically valid tests on a whole range of SSDs from which to draw any valid conclusion. :D
    As Andrew said, everyone uses their SSDs in different ways. What works for one person may be invalid for
    someone else.

    Ian.
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  • I am just waiting for the inevitable scandal. Seems everything OCZ sells is tainted with lies and I see no reason why they will break with tradition this time. The specification of this drive will at some point turn out to be outright lies, again. A decade of dishonesty seems to be a constant with OCZ.
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  • BrightCandleI am just waiting for the inevitable scandal. Seems everything OCZ sells is tainted with lies and I see no reason why they will break with tradition this time. The specification of this drive will at some point turn out to be outright lies, again. A decade of dishonesty seems to be a constant with OCZ.


    Mind pointing out their lies?
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  • if only Vertex would have released before the Samsung 840Pro....
    Now, its Samsung's reliability vs OCZ's dubious past.
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  • mayankleoboy1if only Vertex would have released before the Samsung 840Pro....Now, its Samsung's reliability vs OCZ's dubious past.

    I assume you mean Vector?
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  • Hmmm.... Neither OCZ nor Indilinx had their own fabricating facilities. Previous versions of the Indilinx controllers were manufactured by Marvell. Has that changed?
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