OCZ Vertex 460 240GB Solid State Drive Review

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The new OCZ Vertex 460 series drives look essentially identical to the Vertex 450 drives that came before, save for the small “460” badge to the right of the name and the coloring on the decal.

It Looks Like OCZ Went With HotHardware's Color Scheme On This One...

The 240GB drives shown here conforms to the 2.5” form factor (as do all of the other drivers in the family) and is has a slim 7mm Z-Height. The enclosures used on the drive is all metal and is clearly sturdier and heavier than most other consumer-class SSDs we’ve tested. There are really no external features to speak of, other than a few decals and the standard SATA power and data connectors, but that’s par for the course with most SSDs.

Open up the drive, however, and you’ll see OCZ’s own Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 controller on board—the same controller used in the older Vertex 450 series. That controller is paired to 19nm Toshiba MLC (Multi-Level Cell) NAND flash memory and a DDR3-1333MHz DRAM cache. The 120GB and 240GB drives sport 512MB of cache memory, while the 480GB model will be outfitted with 1GB.

Note that these new Vertex 460 drives have more spare NAND over-provisioned than the original Vertex 450 drives, which were built using 20nm NAND. Whereas the original drives launched in 128, 256, and 512GB capacities, these new drives land at 120, 240, and 480GB. That additional spare area is reserved for wear leveling and other proprietary features and aids the drives in achieving their higher endurance ratings.

OCZ’s Vertex 460 drives are rated for max read speeds of 530MB/s (120GB), 540MB/s (240GB) and 545MB/s (480GB), and write performance varies between models as well. The 120GB drive’s writes peak at 420MB/s; the 240GB and 480GB drives peak at 525MB/s. All of the drives support TRIM, 256-bit AES compliant encryption and they’re rated for 20GB/day host writes for 3 years, under typical client workloads. Idle power is listed at .6w and active power at 2.7W, which is slightly higher than some previous SSD products.

OCZ also offers a 3 year warranty on the drives.

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EzHunt 11 months ago

crazy- I can buy a new ivy cpu and mobo for 359 dollars and do just fine with my spinners

Marco C 11 months ago

Yikes.  Spinners are for bulk storage now IMO.  An enthusiast PC without an SSD is like a Lambo with flat tires.

realneil 10 months ago

Spinners are reliable, but your system crawls along at a snail's pace without a decent SSD inside.

infinityzen1 11 months ago

Have you ever tried a system with an SSD EzHunt? For felt performance (rather than benchmark performance), a decent SSD will make a whole lot more difference than a new CPU/Mobo will.

Considering you can get a Samsung 840 EVO in 250GB for $174 and 500GB for $309 shipped from the Egg right now you could try one out yourself. Plus the spinners are still there for media, mass files, and backups.

Dave_HH 10 months ago


rapid1 10 months ago

Yup my current system uses a 120Gb sata6 sata drive and 2 terabyte spinners one for media and one for programs while both keep a separate copy of an incremental image backup

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