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OCZ Vector 256GB SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Nov 27, 2012 5:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: OCZ Technology

OCZ Vector 256GB SSD




Here we get our first look at the actual drive. Just like the Vertex 3 Max IOPS, the drive has some reflective silver lettering that makes taking a picture difficult. In person the drive looks amazing, but looks aren't really a reason to purchase a SSD. It does look really good, though.




The case is all aluminum, no plastic on this flagship.




Vector is a 7mm Z-height and even with the reduced size the drive is very sturdy. We've noticed on some 7mm drives the case is flimsy and can even be bent rather easy, not the OCZ Vector. This drive could survive the baseball bat test.




OCZ includes a desktop adapter bracket and it offsets the drive to the left for easier cable management.




Here we get our first look at the insides of Vector and the Barefoot 3 controller. Barefoot 3 is an 8-channel controller. There are eight NAND flash chips on each side of the PCB and spaces for three DDR2/DDR3 chips. The 256GB Vector uses dual 256MB DDR3 chips.




Vector has quite a few power regulation components and it makes for a pretty dense array of components on the PCB. This isn't a low cost offering as you can imagine by the number of surface mount components.




Barefoot 3 uses the IDX500M00-BC on the controller.




OCZ is purchasing NAND wafers and packaging 25nm IMFT flash. We expected to see 20nm IMFT synchronous flash on this release, but OCZ choose to go the safe route and use proven 25nm synchronous flash.

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