Model: OCZ Vertex 450 256GB Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: OCZ Technology
Provided By: OCZ Technology

OCZ Technology is no stranger to the computer industry. Founded by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts, the company entered the memory market in 2002. Determined to manufacture the very best memory for overclockers, OCZ quickly established itself as a leader in the industry by breaking speed barriers and maintaining a reputation of quality. Today, OCZ continues to innovate. Along with their line of enthusiast-oriented power supplies, the company offers a wide range of high-performance SSD solutions for the enterprise and consumer markets.

The latest addition to OCZ's line of consumer-oriented solid state drives is the Vertex 450. Bridging the gap between high performance and mainstream solid-state storage, the ultra-slim Vertex 450 is based on OCZ's Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 controller. Developed entirely in-house, this cutting-edge controller is powered by both an ARM Cortex processor and OCZ's own Aragon co-processor and features an advanced, multi-level ECC engine, low write amplification, efficient garbage collection, and adaptive NAND flash management. The M10 derivative of the Barefoot 3 ups the ante even further, adding AES-256 encryption and a power-optimized clock generator. The Vertex 450 is also equipped with 20nm synchronous MLC NAND and an extra large DRAM cache to deliver up to 540MB/s read and 525MB/s write speeds along with a maximum of 90,000 4KB random write IOPS.

For this review, OCZ sent us the 256GB version of the Vertex 450. This SSD comes equipped with 512MB of on-board cache and is capable of delivering up to 540MB/s sequential read and 525MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 85,000 random read and 90,000 random write IOPS.

   OCZ Vertex 450 256GB Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number VTX450-25SAT3-256G
Capacity 256GB
Flash Type 20nm Synchronous Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
Controller Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10
Form Factor 2.5-inch
DRAM Cache 512MB
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s

Sequential Read 540 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 525 MB/s Max
Random Read (4K, QD32) 85,000 IOPS
Random Write (4K, QD32) 90,000 IOPS

MTBF 1.3 million hours

Power Consumption
Active 2.65 Watts
Idle 0.60 Watts

Operating Temperature 0 ºC to 55 ºC
Storage Temperature -45 ºC to 85 ºC
Shock Resistance 1500G/0.5ms

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 99.7 x 69.75 x 7 mm
Weight 115g

Other Features
TRIM and idle time garbage collection
AES-256 encryption
Acronis True Image cloning software
Includes 3.5" desktop adapter bracket
Three year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the Vertex 450 has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at OCZ's new SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the Vertex 450 have what it takes? Can it deliver the performance we've come to expect from OCZ's Vertex series? Keep reading as we find out.

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