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OCZ VX500 256GB, 512GB & 1TB SATA III SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 6:29 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: OCZ

OCZ VX500 256GB, 512GB & 1TB SATA III SSDs

 

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The retail packaging features an image of the enclosed SSD on the front of the box. The front of the attractive packaging advertises the enclosed drive's capacity.

 

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The rear of the packaging advertises the drive's five-year warranty, form factor, interface, and included software.

 

 

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Inside the packaging is the drive itself, printed installer guide, and Acronis key.

 

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The top of the drive's natural colored aluminum enclosure features an OCZ factory label. The top half of the enclosure attached to the lower half with four small screws.

 

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The bottom of the enclosure features a manufacturer's label listing the particulars of the drive.

 

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The underside of the top of the enclosure has a Mylar type barrier which keeps the PCB from directly contacting the top of the aluminum enclosure. The PCB attaches to the bottom half of the enclosure with four small screws.

 

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Going left to right, we have the 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB boards. The NAND packages and controller have thermal pads attached to them. The 256GB and 512GB drives are DRAM-less, the 1TB is equipped with a 256MB DDR3 1600MHz Micron DRAM package.

 

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The drive's Toshiba SSD controller is very hard to photograph. This is the best we could do.

 

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One of the 15nm Toshiba flash packages that populate the boards.

 

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A detailed view of the 256MB DRAM cache package on the 1TB model.

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