OCZ Storage Solutions has just announced the release of their Vertex 460A. The original Vertex series has been a stellar product with a history that spans back to the original version with the first-gen Indilinx Barefoot controller. The new version leverages Toshiba's latest A19 MLC NAND flash. The A19nm process geometry is the second generation of Toshiba 19nm MLC. The new version also features the Barefoot 3 controller and sequential speeds of 545/525 MB/s read/write (480GB model). Random speeds also top out at 95,000/90,000 random read/write IOPS, respectively, but performance varies depending upon capacity, as noted in the graphic below.
The Vertex 460A features an endurance rating of 20GB of writes for the three-year warranty period. OCZ is providing their new ShieldPlus warranty, which provides advance shipping and covers return shipping costs if there is the need for an RMA. The new Vertex also features Acronis True Image for cloning an existing installation to the SSD, and a 3.5" desktop adaptor. OCZ recently launched a new online shop, and we expect units to be available there shortly.
The new Vertex comes in 120, 240, and 480GB capacities and also offers toll-free tech support. Chris put the original Vertex 460 through the testing gauntlet, and the SSD received the TweakTown Editor's Choice Award. The switch to the newer process shouldn't yield huge variations in performance, as a matter of fact the specifications are very similar. Head over to the OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD Review for a closer look at the previous model, which should be indicative of performance experienced with the new model.