Model: OCZ Vector 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 Vector. Available in capacities ranging from 128GB up to 512GB, the ultra-slim Vector is based on OCZ's new Indilinx Barefoot 3 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, efficient garbage collection and adaptive flash management algorithms. The Vector is also equipped with 25nm synchronous MLC NAND and an extra large DRAM cache to deliver up to 550MB/s read and 530MB/s write speeds along with a maximum of 95,000 4KB random write IOPS.

For this review, OCZ sent us the 256GB version of the Vector. 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 100,000 random read and 95,000 random write IOPS.

   OCZ Vector 256GB Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number VTR1-25SAT3-256G
Capacity 256GB
Flash Type 25nm Synchronous Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
Controller Indilinx Barefoot 3
Form Factor 2.5-inch
DRAM Cache 512MB
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s

Sequential Read 550 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 530 MB/s Max
4K Random Read 100,000 IOPS
4K Random Write 95,000 IOPS

MTBF 1.3 million hours

Power Consumption
Active 2.25 Watts
Idle 0.9 Watts

Operating Temperature 0 ºC to 55 ºC
Storage Temperature -45 ºC to 85 ºC
Shock Resistance 1500G/0.5ms
Vibration (Operating) 2.17Grms (7-800Hz)
Vibration (Non-operating) 16.3Grms (20-2000Hz)

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

Other Features
TRIM and idle time garbage collection
Acronis True Image cloning software
Includes 3.5" desktop adapter bracket
Five year warranty

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

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