OCZ Vertex 450 Solid State Drive Review, and That's a Hat Trick For The Day

In Boston Bruins-like fashion, we have our third, yes third full performance review for the day. And that's what you call a "geek hat trick." 

OCZ already offers a wide array of popular, high performance SSDs, but to the company’s credit, it’s not resting on its laurels. After employing SandForce controllers on some of the earlier Vertex SSDs, OCZ snapped up Indilinx and is using what is now its own proprietary silicon in many of its drives.

Thus, the brand new OCZ Vertex 450 SSD we'll be showing you here today with an Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 series controller inside is very much a “vertical” effort, with the Indilinx and OCZ-owned PLX teams building both the silicon and firmware.

The 256GB version, which is the model we put on the test bench, has sequential read/write speed ratings of 540/525 MBps and 85,000/90,000 4KB random read/write IOPS. In terms of numbers, that puts the Vertex 450 just slightly slower than the Vertex 4 for read speed and slightly faster than its write speed, as the 256GB Vertex 4 (with last fall’s firmware upgrade) is rated for 560/510 MBps read/write.