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OCZ Vertex 450 256GB SSD Review - OCZ Vertex 450 256GB SSD

OCZ Vertex 450 256GB SSD Review
The rapid drop in 25nm flash availability and slow ramp up of 20nm production puts OCZ in a tough position. Vector availability is about to get scarce and Vertex 3.20 can't be profitable at less than $1 per GB. OCZ needs a higher profit product with the flash available today and it has to be faster than SandForce to sell, enter the new OCZ Vertex 450. (NASDAQ:OCZ)
| SSDs in Storage | Posted: May 23, 2013 12:45 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: OCZ Technology

OCZ Vertex 450 256GB SSD

 

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Back to black. The Vertex 450 product package says more than it seems.

 

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For the most part the Vertex 450 package is standard OCZ. You get a fair amount of product details and everything important comes with larger font.

 

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The drive was protected from the other components inside the package. The desktop adapter bracket is on the other side of the foam so it's almost impossible to damage the drive during shipping.

 

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Not that you could hurt the new 7mm case OCZ is using these days. The drive is one of the heaviest on the market today and it's not because of the components on the inside. The case is dense, no expense was spared and the person inside the company calling for reducing the building material didn't win their fight. I've picked up brass knuckles that were lighter than this drive. Well, not really, but if you smacked someone with this drive, the prosecutor would give you the same charge, Vertex 450 is a dangerous weapon.

 

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The 7mm z-height form factor uses the same mounting positions as standard notebook drives so you can mount Vertex 450 in any computer that use a 2.5" drive at this time.

 

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Jumping inside the latest Vertex, we found an Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller. This is the new M10 stepping with a slightly lower clock speed and new power optimizations.

 

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There are sixteen Micron 20nm NAND flash chips, eight on each side.

 

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It will be interesting going forward to see if the new Vector 150 uses the same M10 stepping or if it will continue with M00.

 

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We found two Micron MT41K256M8DA-125M chips on the PCB, but the PCB actually has space for three DRAM buffer chips. The Micron buffer chips are DDR3L-RS chips, low voltage (1.35v) and run at 800MHz. The capacity, both chips combined is 512MB for the 256GB Vertex 450.

 

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We've wrote a handful of reviews already of product with 20nm NAND. The Intel 335, Crucial M500 and ADATA SX900 (2013 revision) come to mind. Vertex 450 has higher performance specifications than all of those drives and of course, the Indilinx Barefoot 3 is a unique controller.

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