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OCZ's Vector 180 Moves Closer to Launch

OCZ Vector 180 looks retail ready, sexy and is one fast consumer SSD!
By: Chris Ramseyer | Storage News | Posted: Jan 9, 2015 11:50 pm

CES 2015 - I'm not sure how much we can talk about the Vector 180 SSD since we're under NDA until *cough* mid January or thereabouts.




From what we can tell the Vector 180 looks ready for prime time action. Armed with the Barefoot 3 M00, the same used in the original Vector and Vector 150. The new 180 model differs from the previous models in two ways. The first is the NAND flash. Now armed with Toshiba A19 MLC NAND. The A19 is Toshiba's second generation 19nm flash that has a smaller die size (19mm x 19.5mm vs. first generation 19mm x 26mm). The smaller die size means Toshiba can produce more die per wafer, a move that reduces cost.




The new Vector 180 also increase the capacity size to 1TB of raw flash, 960GB after OP. The 128GB capacity size was also removed, still leaving OCZ with three capacity sizes, 240GB and 480GB rounding out the selection.


On the surface the Vector 180 looks like previous Vector models...




Flipping the drive over reveals power capacitors that mitigate host power loss events. OCZ calls the feature Power Failure management Plus (PFM+).


Performance should tip the SATA 6Gb/s scales at 550 MB/s sequential read, 530 MB/s sequential write speeds with random 4K reads topping 100K IOPS. The random 4K write IOPS are at a claimed 95,000 IOPS or as fast or faster than any other SATA-based consumer SSD on the market today.

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