We believe that OCZ made a good choice by going with a refresh of the Toshiba Q300 Pro morphed into the VX500. The VX500 as we have seen is a moderate workload powerhouse. The 1TB model is also a heavy workload juggernaut as shown by our PCMark 8 Extended testing. The 1TB model crushed the competing SSDs in our test pool with this most demanding test. This is despite being handicapped by a DRAM cache that is only 25% that of the competing drives in our test pool. Even the DRAM-less 256GB model outperformed Samsung's 850 Pro 512GB in our PCMark 8 extended test; a test that we place great importance upon.
As we touched on briefly back in our intro, the VX500 is a beastly performer. In terms of overall performance, we feel the VX500 is second best performing line of SATA SSDs currently on the market. We believe that great moderate workload performance is a hallmark of top performing SSDs. Except for Samsung's TLC VNAND powered 850 EVO, there are currently no TLC solutions than can compete with MLC-powered SSDs. This is because while TLC SSDs may have great burst performance, they crumble when it comes to everyday consumer workloads. Having an MLC flash array on board gives the VX500 a big advantage over the plethora of current TLC SSDs on the market today. The OCZ VX500 does MLC right with a low price point to go along with killer performance.
We are pleased with the performance we got from the VX500's while running them as our OS Disk. Fast boots, remarkable snappiness, and workload performance that is right up there with the Samsung 850 series SSDs.
OCZ's VX500 series SSD's are TweakTown recommended.
- Low Cost
- MLC Flash
- Moderate Workloads
- Heavy Workloads
- Five-Year Warranty
- Synthetic Performance
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||90%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||93%|
The Bottom Line: The VX500 is a workload powerhouse, and it is priced to our liking. If you are in the market for a new SATA SSD, OCZ's VX500 should be on your short list.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, Pricing & Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Properties]
- Page 4 [Synthetic Benchmarks – ATTO & Anvil's]
- Page 5 [Synthetic Benchmarks – CDM & AS SSD]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (Trace, OS Volume) - Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks (Secondary) – IOPS, Response & Transfers]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks (Secondary) – PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks (Secondary) – 70/30 Mixed Workload]
- Page 10 [Maxed-Out Performance (MOP)]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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