Specifications, Pricing, and Availability
OCZ's new Vertex 460 replaces the 450 model we reviewed back in May. The capacity sizes are the same: 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB. OCZ used the same M10 version of the Barefoot 3, but the flash is now from Toshiba, a move we applaud. Toshiba's 19nm MLC flash uses 64Gb dies and is considerably faster than IMFT's 20nm with 128Gb dies in lower capacity SSDs. OCZ claims sequential read performance for the 120GB model at 530 MB/s. The sequential write performance is 420 MB/s, and 4K IOPS comes to 80K read and 90K write.
OCZ put together a nice slide showing the feature list for the Vertex 460. Some of this we'll cover in the next slide. OCZ again used the alloy case for Vertex 460, so the drive has a 7mm z-height. Internally, the drive has 256-bit AES encryption but does lack eDrive and TCG Opal support.
Here we see the current OCZ 2.5-inch product line up. The Vector 150 recently replaced the original Vector, uses the Barefoot 3 M00 controller, and pairs it with Toshiba 19nm Toggle MLC rated for 50GB per day of data writes to the flash. Vertex 450 and Vertex 460 both use the slower clocked Barefoot 3 M10 controller. The difference between these two drives is the new 460 uses parent company Toshiba's 19nm MLC and the 450 used IMFT 20nm flash. The new 460 model has higher performance specs sprinkled here and there.
The Vertex 460 is very close to the Vector 150 performance wise, but the warranty drops to three years for the 460, and the endurance rating is only 20GB per day.
OCZ checked all of the right boxes for performance, and now we get to look at the price. OCZ's MSRP of $99.99 is the current price at Newegg for the 120GB model. That price is $10 more than Samsung's 840 EVO bare drive price but $24.99 less than the EVO 120GB with a desktop accessory package. OCZ includes a key for Acronis, so you can copy the data from your existing drive to the Vertex 460, a desktop adapter bracket, screws for mounting the drive, and a sticker for your PC.
PRICING: You can find the 120GB Vertex 460 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The 120GB Vertex 460 retails for $99.99 at Amazon.