The Vertex 450 comes in a small, black and gray box. Along with a picture of the drive, the front advertises many of its key features including its 256GB capacity, SATA 6Gbps interface, Indilinx controller, MLC flash memory and TRIM support.  The back of the box provides a bit more information regarding the Vertex 450's features and capabilities. Inside, you'll find the SSD, a 3.5" adapter bracket, mounting screws, "I Love My SSD" sticker, installation guide and a small piece of paper with download instructions and serial number for Acronis True Image.

Physical Features:

The construction of the Vertex 450 is very similar to that of the Vector. The outer casing is made entirely out of  aluminum and is covered by a great looking silver finish. The top of the drive also has a large, black and gray sticker showing that it is part of OCZ's Vertex series.

As I mentioned earlier, the Vertex 450 uses the Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 (IDX500M10-BC) controller chip.  Like the original Barefoot 3, this derivative is powered by an ARM Cortex processor as well as OCZ's own Aragon co-processor. The Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 also adds AES-256 encryption and a power-optimized clock generator.

For the 256GB Vertex 450, OCZ opted to use Micron 16GB 20nm 29F128G08CFABB synchronous MLC NAND chips. Looking at the pictures above, you can see that there are eight of these chips on either side of the PCB. The drive also has two 256MB Micron IWM22-D9PFJ DDR3 memory chips that are used for caching and garbage collection.