OCZ Vector 150 SSD Review

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The Vector 150 is an evolutionary step forward for OCZ's enthusiast series, improving the original Vector's endurance and security by supposedly being able to withstand 150% more writes along with providing AES-256 encryption. By focusing on those features, OCZ left us with the impression that speed wasn't a priority, but that hasn't prevented the company from boasting about breaking performance barriers.

OCZ says its Vector 150 series offers better sustained and mixed workload results than its first Vector and while we'll test those claims shortly, for now it's worth noting that the company's pricing certainly seems to reflect a speed boost at no less than $1.00 per gigabyte. The 120GB model is set at $130 ($1.08/GB), the 240GB version is fetching $240 ($1.00/GB) and the 480GB Vector 150 is going for $500 ($1.04/GB).

By comparison, OCZ's performance series Vertex 450 is priced at $230 for 256GB ($0.89/GB), while Samsung's 256GB SSD 840 Pro is only $0.83/GB and a TLC-equipped 840 Evo of the same size costs a mere $0.66/GB. We're skeptical about OCZ being able to justify the Vector 150's price, but the company has surprised us with knockout performance in the past so it only seems fair to expect big things from their latest drive.

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Never going to touch anything they make. Way too high of a failure rate on some of the previous stuff. I would rather pay slightly more for another brand so I have peace of mind that I know its not going to die on me in 2 month. Everyone I know who has bought a drive from them had to replace it within 2 months.

"Once formatted in Windows, the original 256GB is converted to 239GiB, though Windows shows this as 239GB, so it seems like 7% of the original capacity is lost."

I really hate when people say crap like this. Nothing is "lost"... Learn what Base 2 is....

What are you talking about? Did you even read what I said?...
"Seems like" has nothing to do with the context... Try reading it a little slower next time...

Ugh I can't stand when people think they "lose" capacity or something. I can understand regular consumers not understanding, but tech savvy users should know that there's a discrepancy on what manufacturers and Windows considers as 1GB.

I had two OCZ drives that were bricked because the computer went into sleep mode while the controller was doing a maintenance routine on the drive. Sure there were fixes later in the firmware, but it sucks going through the 'experimental' stages on a drive.

Breach said,
My personal Sandforce experiences with OCZ SSDs haven't been exactly pleasant...

Neither has anybody that used a Sandforce based drive. But those have been obsoleted for years now...

I've owned 2 OCZ drives. I brought an Agility 3 about 2 years ago which is now in my spare PC and it's still working perfectly, and I brought a vector a few months back, also fine. OCZ drives are just as reliable as the rest now the kinks have been worked out, and since they stopped using SF controllers. The Indilinx Barefoot controllers they now use are very good.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Neither has anybody that used a Sandforce based drive. But those have been obsoleted for years now...

I've been out of the SSD loop for a while but I thought Sandforce controllers were the go-to controller? My SanDisk Extreme has a sandforce controller and it absolutely rocks. No problems and I've had it for about a year and a half now to two years.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Neither has anybody that used a Sandforce based drive. But those have been obsoleted for years now...

I've been out of the SSD loop for a while but I thought Sandforce controllers were the go-to controller? My SanDisk Extreme has a sandforce controller and it absolutely rocks. No problems and I've had it for about a year and a half now to two years.