Model: Optiarc VP Series 480GB Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: Optiarc
Provided By: Optiarc

Optiarc is no stranger to the data storage industry. Originally established in 2006 as a joint venture between Sony and NEC, Optiarc combined the technologies and expertise of its parent companies to provide some of the best optical drives in the world. Sony soon took over NEC's share of the company, making it a wholly-owned subsidiary. By 2013 though, Sony would be forced to shut Optiarc's doors. Despite having a 15% market share, increased competition from overseas manufacturers had forced the price of optical drives down to unsustainable levels. Thankfully, Optiarc's story does not end there. In 2017, Vinpower Digital acquired rights to the brand and re-launched it with a new series of DVD writers.

Vinpower is also using the Optiarc brand to expand into the flash storage market. This spring, they launched Optiarc's VP series SSDs. Designed with a focus on data integrity, the VP utilizes market leading components like Phison's PS3111-S11 controller as well as Toshiba's 64-layer BiCS3 3D TLC NAND. The drive is also equipped with an enhanced firmware to better control the data flow and prevent errors or overloading at the cellular level. To top it all off, Optiarc has implemented intensive testing procedures that go far beyond the standardized mainstream testing process. The company uses state of the art hardware to test each element of every single VP series SSD to ensure long term reliability and stability.

The VP series is available in 240GB and 480GB capacities. For this review, Optiarc sent us the 480GB version of the drive which is capable of delivering up to 550 MB/s sequential read and 490 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 63,000 random read and 85,000 random write IOPS.

   Optiarc VP Series 480GB Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number OPT480S325-R
Capacity 480GB
NAND Flash 64-layer BiCS3 3D TLC
Controller Phison PS3111-S11
Form Factor 2.5-inch
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s

Sequential Read 550 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 490 MB/s Max
Random Read IOPS 63,000 Max
Random Write IOPS 85,000 Max

Environment and Reliability
Operating Temperature 32ºF to 158ºF (0ºC to 70ºC)
Shock 1500G/0.5ms
MTBF 2 million hours
Endurance (TBW) 425TB

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 0.27 x 2.74 x 3.95 in. (7.00 x 69.85 x 100 mm)
Weight <55g

Other Features
Three year warranty

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

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