Specifications, Pricing and Availability
OCZ's in-house Barefoot 3 controller is already the consumer champion when it comes to writing data. The read performance is just behind Samsung's 840 Pro, but only by a small margin in the 256GB capacity class. Read performance degrades when the MLC flash is dirty, but not nearly as much as write performance. If you are choosing between one and the other, I'd take an increase in write performance. OCZ addressed this issue with new steady-state performance numbers. OCZ claims Vector is the new consumer steady state winner, up to 26K IOPS on the 480GB model. It's an impressive number, one that tips on some enterprise SSDs toes.
Vector 150 comes in three capacity sizes. In this review, we're focusing on the 240GB, but later in the day we'll publish a full review of the 120GB capacity size too. The largest capacity size, 480GB will follow as soon as we can source one.
There are several improvements with this new release over the original model. This handy chart above shows some of them, but none are bigger than the endurance claim. The new flash takes Vector 150 to 50GB writes per day for five years. With that level of endurance, Vector 150 is the first consumer SSD I'd consider using for Usenet downloads / decompression.
We've talked a lot about the flash, but the controller hasn't changed much. Not that it needed to either, given the performance of the original version. Toggle2 compatibility is a firmware update. The Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller on Vector 150 is the same M00 revision used on the original Vector. That said, it appears the inclusion of AES-256 encryption was also some type of software update as well.
By the time you read this, Newegg, Tiger Direct, Amazon and others should have Vector 15 listed on e-tail sites. The MSRPs are as follows - 120GB for $129.99, 240GB for $239.99 and 480GB for $499.99. The retail kits ship with a five-year warranty, desktop adapter bracket, screws for mounting, Acronis software key (software downloaded from OCZ's website), paper manuals and a sicker for proclaiming your love for OCZ.