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OCZ Vector 180 960GB SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Mar 24, 2015 9:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: OCZ Storage Solutions

OCZ Vector 180 960GB SSD

 

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The package for Vector 180 follows the tradition set by other OCZ products in the past.

 

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OCZ printed the specifications and some of the features on the back of the package. This is useful in a retail environment when shopping for a SSD and allows customers to compare products.

 

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Inside, we found a desktop adapter bracket, screws for mounting, three paper manuals, one with the activation code for Acronis True Image and the SSD.

 

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Here we get our first look at the Vector 180. Our sample was an engineering test unit at point so it was well used. The retail drives will not have scratches on the top cover.

 

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Vector 180 use the same metal case that other OCZ products have in the past. The case is a bit heavy, but it also doubles as a heat sink for the controller.

 

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This side of the PCB doesn't reveal too much. The capacitor is on the other side. The Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller is in the middle of the other components.

 

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There are sixteen NAND flash packages total, two DRAM packages and the bright orange capacitor that provides buffer flushing power in the case of a host power fail event.

 

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Vector 180 uses the original M00 version of Barefoot 3. This version has a higher clock speed than the M10 version used on the Vertex series SSDs from OCZ.

 

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The flash is from parent company Toshiba and is the new A19 19nm version.

 

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Two DDR3 packages, one on each side of the controller, cache page table data.

 

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The capacitor is made from tantalum, a substance 15x rarer than gold. Early Vector 180s shown to media at various shows appeared with several smaller tantalum capacitors, but the retail Vector 180 only sports a single capacitor.

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