OCZ Vertex 460 240GB Solid State Drive Review - HotHardware

OCZ Vertex 460 240GB Solid State Drive Review

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Our Test Methodologies: Under each test condition, the Solid State Drives tested here were installed as secondary volumes in our testbed, with a separate drive used for the OS and benchmark installations. Out testbed's motherboard was updated with the latest BIOS available as of press time and AHCI (or RAID) mode was enabled. The SSDs were secure erased prior to testing, and left blank without partitions for some tests, while others required them to be partitioned and formatted, as is the case with our ATTO, PCMark 7, and CrystalDiskMark benchmark tests. Windows firewall, automatic updates and screen savers were all disabled before testing. In all test runs, we rebooted the system, ensured all temp and prefetch data was purged, and waited several minutes for drive activity to settle and for the system to reach an idle state before invoking a test.

HotHardware Test System
Intel Core i7 and SSD Powered

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Video Card -

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Audio -

Storage -

 

Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7-4770K

Gigabyte Z87X-UD7 TH
(Z87 Chipset, AHCI Enabled)

Intel HD 4600

8GB G.SKILL DDR3-1600

Integrated on board

Corsair Force GT (OS Drive)
AData XPG SX900 (256GB)
SanDisk Extreme II (480GB)
Samsung SSD 840 EVO (250GB)
OCZ Vector 150 (240GB)
OCZ Vertex 460 (240GB)
OCZ Vertex 450 (256GB)

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Relevant Software:
Windows 8.1 Pro x64
Intel 9.4.0.1027, iRST 12.8.0.1016
DirectX 11

Intel HD 10.18.10.33

Benchmarks Used:
IOMeter 1.1.0 RC
HD Tune v5.50
ATTO v2.47
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark v3.0.3 x64
PCMark 7
SiSoftware Sandra 2014

IOMeter
I/O Subsystem Measurement Tool

As we've noted in previous SSD articles, though IOMeter is clearly a well-respected industry standard drive benchmark, we're not completely comfortable with it for testing SSDs. The fact of the matter is, though our actual results with IOMeter appear to scale properly, it is debatable whether or not certain access patterns, as they are presented to and measured on an SSD, actually provide a valid example of real-world performance for the average end user. That said, we do think IOMeter is a reliable gauge for relative available throughput within a given storage solution. In addition there are certain higher-end workloads you can place on a drive with IOMeter, that you can't with most other storage benchmark tools available currently.

In the following tables, we're showing two sets of access patterns; our custom Workstation pattern, with an 8K transfer size, 80% reads (20% writes) and 80% random (20% sequential) access and a 4K access pattern with a 4K transfer size, comprised of 67% reads (34% writes) and 100% random access.

The OCZ and Samsung drives are tightly grouped in the 4K transfer test, with the new Vertex 460 falling somewhere in the middle of the pack. The same is mostly true in our custom workstation test, though the Samsung drive's performance tapered off somewhat. The Sandforce-based AData drive and SanDisk Extreme II trailed the rest of the pack here.

In terms of actual transfer rates, the results mirror what we saw above. The new OCZ Vertex 460 outpaced the competitors' drives and trailed only the Vertex 450 and recently released Vector 150.
 

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

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

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

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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.

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Exactly...

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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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