OCZ Vector 

Released November, 2012
  • 512 GB
  • 2.5" SATA III
  • 1,024 MB
7.1 Out of 10

Thankfully for consumers, it has made an appearance and really gives the existing controllers some fierce competition with amazing performance.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2012)
This 100% OCZ designed controller is capable of some impressive performance as we'll see in the benchmarks.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2012)

SSDBoss Review Our evaluation of the OCZ Vector

read performance

How quickly data is read from the drive

Vector
6.9
840 Pro
6.6
Vertex 4
6.3
4K Random Read, 4K Random Read Access Time and 512K Sequential Read

write performance

How quickly data is written to the drive

Vector
6.5
840 Pro
7.0
Vertex 4
6.9
4K Random Write, 4K Random Write Access Time and 512K Sequential Write

real world benchmarks

How well the drive performs common tasks

Vector
7.8
840 Pro
8.1
Vertex 4
7.7
Windows 7 Boot-up Time, Photoshop Lens Filter and AS SSD ISO Copy

Benchmarks

How well the drive performs on common benchmarks

Vector
7.7
840 Pro
7.6
Vertex 4
7.4
Passmark Disk Rating, PCMark Vantage, AS SSD Score and 1 more

7.1

SSDBoss Score

read performance, write performance, real world benchmarks and Benchmarks

Vector
7.1
840 Pro
7.1
Vertex 4
6.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the OCZ Vector

4K Random Read

Vector
380.71 MB/s
SSDNow V300
38.7 MB/s
Vertex 3
111.44 MB/s

4K Random Write

Vector
100.6 MB/s
SSDNow V300
33.3 MB/s
Samsung 830
44.96 MB/s

Windows 7 Boot-up Time

Vector
10 s
840 Pro
7.8 s
SSDNow V300
8.3 s

Avg. Power Consumption

Vector
2.4 Watts
HyperX 3K
2.99 Watts
SSDNow V300
1.81 Watts

4K Random Read Access Time

Vector
2.48 ms
SSDNow V300
7.51 ms
Samsung 830
5.56 ms

4K Random Write Access Time

Vector
0.66 ms
SSDNow V300
6.46 ms
Vertex 3
2.24 ms

Reviews Word on the street for the OCZ Vector


9.3
While single-thread random performance is only in the middle of our test group, we see very nice performance at multi-threaded reads.

8.5
If that seem incremental, going on insignificant, bear in mind that numbers above 500MB/s for peak throughput are hammering up against the maximum capabilities of the SATA6Gbps interface.

Overall

8.5 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Performance

With it, we saw very consistent performance across various benchmarks across all file sizes.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2012)
After all, Samsung's drive has a great reputation for both performance and reliability.
by Tech Radar (Feb, 2013)
Install Results: Corsair and OCZ already have a rivalry and now they're both putting out some impressive drives that are very close in performance as you see here in this real world test.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2012)

Power

While power consumption is decent on the Vector Series - an improvement from the Vertex 4, it would be one area where we would expect to see improvements going forward.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2012)
OCZ products are not just for the early adopters and power users any more - the Vector appears to be a clear choice for the masses to enjoy.
by Allyn-Malventano (Nov, 2012)
With the SATA III interface effectively being maxed out, the focus is going to start widening from the best performance to also encompass power consumption as a major factor in drive ratings.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2012)

Speed

OCZ quotes a sequential read speed of 550MB/s (the same as its 256GB and 512GB siblings) but a sequential write speed of 300MB/s, which is 130MB/s slower than its two bigger brothers.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2013)
ZIP file decompression performanceZIP: Seconds: Quicker is better.
by Tech Radar (Feb, 2013)
Using the AS SSD benchmark, we found that the 128GB drive is a wee bit slower than its bigger brother when it comes to sequential read performance, but amazingly it knocks the 256GB version of the Vertex4 completely out of the picture.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2013)

Capacity

The answer is not much - this is a drive that really punches above its weight with its performance putting many a larger capacity drive in its place.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2013)
The tables are turned when it comes to sequential writes, but it still manages to wipe the floor with higher capacity SandForce drives, such as the 240GB Intel 520.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2013)
You could fill up more space if you need all the space you can get, but didn't you buy an SSD to have a fast drive?
by techPowerUp!

Reliability

Our endurance testing reveals that the Vector deals with block use and fragmentation better than other drives - something that OCZ says to have been working on actively.
by techPowerUp!
Whether it will prove as reliable is another matter.
by Tech Radar (Feb, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

storage

Capacity 512 GB
Cache 1,024 MB
Interface SATA III
Interface speed 6 Gbit/s
Controller Indilinx Barefoot 3
Memory type MLC
NAND process size 25 nm
Error correction 28 bits/KB
Maximum shock force 1,500G

form factor

Form factor 2.5"
Mfg warranty 5 years
Thickness 7 mm
Weight 115 g

manufacturer performance

Sequential read 550 MB/s
Sequential write 530 MB/s
Random read 100,000 IOPS
Random write 95,000 IOPS
Power consumption (Idle) 0.9 Watts
Power consumption (Active) 2.25 Watts
MTBF 1,300,000 hours
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