OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD Review
Posted by Heath Coop on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 9:46am
Founded in 2002, San Jose, California-based OCZ Technology got their start in the RAM memory market. In 2007, they decided to expand their product line and acquired PC Power & Cooling, whose products included power supplies. When the solid state drive technology started to emerge, OCZ was there too. In September 2010 OCZ announced the RevoDrive, which was one of the first bootable PCI-E drives for the enthusiast market. In 2011 OCZ acquired Indilinx Company and PLX Technology's Abingdon R&D department. This allowed them to design many of the SSD components in-house. OCZ developed a reputation for outstanding SSD performance and looked to be unstoppable.
However, by 2013, the outlook for OCZ looked quite different. Competition from companies like Samsung eroded OCZ's market share and profits suffered because of it. As 2013 starting coming to a close, it looked like OCZ would have to cease operations. At the same time, Toshiba was looking to enter the SSD market in a big way and it decided to purchase OCZ. Toshiba, which already manufactured NAND Flash that is used in SSD's, would now be able to manufacture almost every component needed for SSD production themselves.
Today we are taking a look at the OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD. This is OCZ's first product after the Toshiba acquisition. It uses the company's own Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 controller, a slightly under-clocked version of the Barefoot 3 M00 controller used in OCZ's flagship Vector 150 SSD. The Vertex 460 uses the same Toshiba 19nm Multi-Level Cell (MLC) Flash as the Vector 150 SSD. It also features a sizable 512MB DDR3 SDRAM buffer like the the Vector 150, but operating at 1333MHz, instead of 1600 MHz. It appears that Toshiba is looking to enter the SSD market with a bang.
OCZ's take on the Vertex 460
Make the shift to next generation OCZ Vertex 460 SSD.
Combining OCZ’s own controller design with the latest generation of flash, Vertex 460 keeps your computing experience ahead of the game. A faster, snappier, and more reliable system is what you can expect from a high-performance yet value-minded Vertex 460 upgrade.
It’s storage for your multimedia, multitasking world
The OCZ Vertex 460 Series delivers the performance, productivity, and energy efficiency your system is craving. Say goodbye to lag and get a computing experience worthy of your time.
Performance that matters
Do you write a lot of data? Vertex 460 delivers leading write speeds that you won’t get with any other solution. No fancy behind-the-scenes tricks, just pure storage performance.
Reliability and durability from the inside out
With quality SSD technology built into every drive, the Vertex 460 Series is built to provide years of hard drive-humiliating performance. Ditch that spinning HDD for some storage peace of mind.
Capacity: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB
Dimesions: 99.7 x 69.75 x 7mm
Controller: Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10
Storage Media: Toshiba 19nm Multi-Level Cell (MLC) Flash
Operating Voltage: 5V
Power Consumption: Idle: 0.6W, Active: 2.70W
Operating Temperature: 0°C ~ 70°C
Storage Temperature: -45°C ~ 85°C
Shock Resistance: 1500G/0.5ms
Vibration (Operational): 2.17Grms (7-800Hz)
Vibration (Non-operational): 16.3Grms (20-2000Hz)
Certifications: UL C/US, FCC, CE, C-Tick, KCC, BSMI, VCCI, WEEE
- SATA 6Gbps/3Gbps/1.5Gbps connection options
- BCH ECC corrects up to 44 random bits/1KB
- Idle Time Garbage Collection
- Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) Support
- Fully compliant with ATA/ATAPI-8 Standard Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
- AES-256 Encryption
- Supports TRIM
- Rated for 20GB/day of host writes for 3 years under typical client workloads
- 3-Year Warranty, Toll-Free Tech Support, 24 Hour Forum Support
Max Read (ATTO): 540MB/s
Max Write (ATTO): 525MB/s
Random Read Speed (4K, QD32): 85,000 IOPS
Random Write Speed (4K, QD32): 90,000 IOPS
Steady-State Random Write Speed (4K, QD32): 21,000 IOPS