So, where does Vector 150 land in the grand scheme of things? Compared to the previous version when it comes to benchmarks, the two drives are nearly identical. Some benchmark wins go to the older model, and some to the new Vector 150 model. When it comes to the feature set, Vector 150 is a superior product. The real question issue though has nothing to do with OCZ at all, but with the fab companies who are pushing prices to new lows.
When it comes to performance, Vector and Vector 150 are very close and it really depends on the application. When it comes to real-world performance, no one really cares because we're talking about hundredths and thousandths of a second. The SATA 3.0 spec only allows for so much and we've been butting up against that maximum so much for a while now. TRIM and garbage collection keep performance high after some a bit of idle time, but as with all SSDs, they slow slightly when you keep a lot of data on them. I suggest purchasing the next size up from what you will use to ensure you drive stays fast all of the time.
Feature wise, Vector 150 has a leg up on the previous Vector and over many SSDs on the market today. The 50GB writes per day for five years is a great feature. We shy away from telling readers to use SSDs for Usenet, but Vector 150 is one of the first consumer SSDs we would actually recommend. The only SSD I've managed to kill from real use was a Usenet target drive, but it's pretty rare for me to go through 50GB a day. That would be equivalent of a Blu-Ray ISO per day. 256-big AES compliant encryption is also a great feature if you use Wave or other supported software.
Another feature OCZ briefed us on, but we didn't discuss today is sustained performance over time. Our next revision of the TweakTown test suite is nearly complete, but we're still a couple of weeks out due to validation time. We know how other drives perform using SNIA's methodology. If OCZ's claims of 21K IOPS in steady state hold true for the 240GB model, then Vector 150 is knocking on the door of several enterprise drives costing much.
Cost - now we're getting to what really matters to many end users. At $239.99, the Vector 150 240GB is not cheap and most likely will never compete with the Samsung 840 or 840 EVO that have taken a large chunk of market share. OCZ previously had a large section of the consumer SSD market share, but that dropped to a sliver of what it once was. A report released from DigiTimes says NAND flash prices will fall due to less demand. The same story goes as far as predicting a NAND flash oversupply in 2014. On one hand this is good news for OCZ, they can purchase NAND flash and make drives, but at the same time, companies that can make NAND and drives won't hold the drives in warehouses, they will sell them at reduced prices. OCZ is getting caught outside with a tornado headed its way. That tornado is Samsung and although Vector 150 has many superior features, the price will be higher.
Stay tuned, we'll have a review of Vector 150 120GB published on TweakTown in a couple of hours.
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