Model: OCZ Vector 180 240GB Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: OCZ Storage Solutions
Provided By: OCZ Storage Solutions

OCZ Storage Solutions 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 is fully committed to the solid-state storage market. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba, the company offers a variety 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 Vector 180. Continuing the Vector’s legacy, the Vector 180 is optimized for hardcore gaming and data-intensive applications thanks to its powerful OCZ Barefoot 3 controller. 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 flash management algorithms. The Vector 180 also adds support for OCZ's Power Failure Management Plus (PFM+) technology and is equipped with up to 960GB of Toshiba's latest Advanced 19nm (A19) MLC NAND flash. Along with 50GB of host writes per day, the drive is capable of 550MB/s read and 530MB/s write speeds and a maximum of 95,000 4KB random write IOPS.

For this review, OCZ sent us the 240GB version of the Vector 150. This SSD comes equipped with 512MB of on-board cache and is capable of delivering up to 550MB/s sequential read and 530MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 95,000 random read and 90,000 random write IOPS.

   OCZ Vector 180 240GB Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number VTR180-25SAT3-240G
Capacity 240GB
Flash Type Toshiba A19nm Toggle Mode MLC NAND
Controller Indilinx Barefoot 3 M00
Form Factor 2.5-inch, Ultra-slim 7mm
DRAM Cache 512MB
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s

Sequential Read 550 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 530 MB/s Max
Random Read  (4K, QD32) 95,000 IOPS
Random Write  (4K, QD32) 90,000 IOPS
Steady State Random Write  (4K, QD32) 20,000 IOPS

MTBF 2.3 million hours
Endurance 50GB/day of host writes for 5 years

Power Consumption
Active 3.7 Watts
Idle 0.85 Watts

Operating Temperature 0 ºC to 70 ºC
Storage Temperature -45 ºC to 85 ºC
Shock Resistance 1000G/0.5ms
Vibration (Operating) 2.17Grms (7-800Hz)
Vibration (Non-operating) 3.13 Grms (5-800 Hz)

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
Power Failure Management Plus (PFM+)
Acronis True Image HD cloning software
Includes 3.5" desktop adapter bracket
Five year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the Vector 180 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 Vector 180 have what it takes? Can it deliver the performance we've come to expect from OCZ's Vector series? Keep reading as we find out.

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