Toshiba-owned OCZ Storage Solutions announced on Tuesday that Origin PC is now offering its Vector 150 Series of SSDs as an option for custom-built gaming laptops and desktops. Compared to traditional hard drives, these SSDs promise 175 percent faster game installations, 190 percent faster game level loading, and 345 percent faster game file copying.
Taking a peek at the Vector 150 Series specs, this family is offered in three capacities: 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB. For the 120 GB version, the sequential read speed is 550 MB/s and the write speed is 450 MB/s. Random read speed is 80,000 IOPS, the random write speed is 95,000 IOPS, and the Steady State random write is 12,000 IOPS.
As for the 240 GB and 480 GB versions, they both have sequential read speeds of 550 MB/s and sequential write speeds of 530 MB/s. They also have the same random write speed of 95,000 IOPS, but the random read speed (90,000 and 100,000 IOPS) and Steady State random writes (21,000 and 26,000 IOPS) are slightly different, respectively.
"We are pleased that our Vector 150 SSDs are now qualified and an available option for Origin's widely respected line of custom-built, high-performance PCs and workstations for the computer gaming industry," said Ralph Schmitt, CEO for OCZ Storage Solutions. "The Vector 150 Series is an ideal fit for Origin's 'elite' systems, as it delivers industry-leading sustained performance across all capacities to help provide the ultimate gaming experience."
The OCZ Vector 150 SSDs are already a part of Origin PC's customized engine. When configuring the "Genesis" gaming desktop, customers will see the 120 GB Vector 150 SSD as a $69 upgrade from the default storage option, the 240 GB drive for $165, and the 480 GB version for $389. Other drive options include Samsung's 840 Evo Series, Origin PC's "approved" SSD, and even Intel's 730 Series.
Toshiba purchased OCZ Technology Group back in January. The latter company remained as a separate entity, but was renamed as OCZ Storage Solutions. However, the deal meant that Toshiba could scoop up OCZ's enterprise and client SSD businesses. In turn, OCZ would have access to Toshiba's NAND and combine it with the company's proprietary controllers, firmware and software.
"OCZ is a major player in the high-performance SSD market and continues to raise the bar with their latest high-performance Vector 150 Solid State Drives," said Kevin Wasielewski Origin PC CEO and co-founder.
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Or less. I worked at a shop and we built 12 systems for use in the store (PoS, HR and tech use) and we put in all OCZ 60 and 120GB SSDs. Within about 3 months we started having issues ranging from the SSDs dropping from the SATA controller (and this was on Intel SATA controllers, not a crappy Marvell one) to them not being detected at all ever again. All 12 of them started doing this.
We ended up replacing them all with Intel 320s and never had an issue again.
So jimmysmitty, was it _Vector_ units you put in your systems that had issues?
If not then don't post FUD. Vectors are very good SSDs indeed. And what happened
with the models you used? Did you get them replaced by OCZ? What caused the
issue? So many of these sorts of instances were with older V1/V2 models due to
fw bugs which were later fully fixed, but people keep on posting about them even
though it's largely irrelevant to V4s and Vectors.
That sucks. :\
Funny you should mention that; the only OCZ product I ever had a problem with was one of their 1kW
PSUs. Sent it back for a refund; stuck to Thermaltake Toughpower since then & never looked back.
But for SSDs, OCZ is fine; the key is, for the older models that are IMO any good (Vertex2E, Vertex3,
Vertex4), make sure the fw is up to date before using them, then they should be A-ok. I would not
though recommend the lesser models like the Solid.
Btw, a curious thing, I've hardly ever seen anyone on a forum say they have an Agility4. I wonder why?
I acquired one just for testing, it works pretty well. Seems though it's the Agility3 which remains
surprisingly popular on eBay.
I've owned my five Vertex3 120GB SSD's since they came out years ago. None of them has ever failed or caused a problem.
Must be something special they did with the Vertex series. /shrug
Who knows, maybe the units that caused problems were from a bad batch,
or only the very early fw version was liable to mess things up, something
like that, though I have a feeling most of the issues were with Vertex2s
and other pre-V3 editions. Can't quite remember now.
Either way, peoples' experiences do seem to vary widely, but the most
important thing is that all of these problems were related to models prior
to the Vertex4. All the models from the V4 onwards were really good.
However, it's only human nature to adopt the approach of once bitten,
I didn't state these specifically but you can imagine that having 12 of them fail like I stated puts a bad taste in your mouth. It was a bit ago bit I think they were the Vertex 3s and they were all up to date with firmware (I always do that and check my current SSD monthly along with other drivers/BIOS updates). They were all on the same motherboard with the same CPU (except the tech stations which had a bit higher end model for more SATA ports but still a Intel 6 series chipset) etc and they all did this.
Maybe we got a bad batch but in the end we stopped selling OCZ because beyond that we had more customer returns with them than we did with most other brands we sold.
If it happened on one or two I wouldn't have cared but 12 along with ones going bad that customers bought? That makes me stick to other brands.