When Vector came to market, we were already talking about $1 per GB and at the time, OCZ had some products priced as low as $.50 per GB. Vector's $139.99 price was higher than many of the other products on the market at the time, but its performance justified the higher price. Vector is still the fastest 128GB SSD on the market, even a year after its release. The new price, $79.99, is really good in context for what the drive is and how it performs.
Regardless of performance though, the 128GB SSD is now out of favor regardless of price. It's not a lot of capacity in an age when a single game can take up 15GB and Windows / Office takes nearly 30% of the capacity, before other applications are stacked on top of that.
OCZ's lower price point and marketing of Vector 128GB as a RAID product was a good move and we hope our article shines some light on the possibilities. RAID doesn't always improve low queue depth performance when setup for general use, but it's possible to accelerate any specific area, as long as you are willing to take a hit at the other end of the scale.
Intel's unique TRIM feature in RAID just received a nice upgrade as well with new Z87 based motherboards. Z87 has six SATA III ports native and the TRIM feature carries over to even larger arrays. Older chipsets only included two native SATA III ports.
We'll have some larger array coverage soon now that we have our Z87 with Windows 8 issues sorted.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Specifications]
- Page 2 [OCZ Technology Vector 128GB]
- Page 3 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline Performance]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - Sequential Performance]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - AIDA64 Random Access Time]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage Hard Disk Tests]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - PCMark 8 Hard Disk Tests]
- Page 10 [Final Thoughts]