OCZ Vector 150 Series Solid State Drives Tested

Introduction and Specifications

OCZ is at the ready with a brand new line of solid state drives in its popular Vector family of products, targeted at performance-conscious PC enthusiasts. The new Vector 150 builds upon the success of the original Vector, which debuted last year at about this time, but offers better sustained performance and longer endurance, despite its use of 19nm NAND flash memory.

We’ve got a couple of Vector 150 drives in-house, in 120GB and 240GB capacities, and have the full scoop laid out for you on the pages ahead. First up, take a look at the specification and projected performance of the new Vector 150 family of products and then we’ll dig in and get to some of the juicier details...

OCZ Vector 150
Specifications & Features
  120GB 240GB 480GB
Max Read 550 MB/s 550 MB/s 550 MB/s
Max Write 450 MB/s 530 MB/s 530 MB/s
Max Random Read IOPS (4K QD32) 80,000 90,000 100,000
Max Random Write IOPS (4K QD32) 95,000 95,000 95,000
Steady-State Random Write IOPS (4K QD32) 12,000 21,000 26,000
Physical Specifications
Controller Indilinx Barefoot 3
NAND Components 19nm Toshiba Multi-Level Cell (MLC) Flash
Interface SATA 3.0 6GB/s
Form Factor 2.5"; Ultra-Slim 7mm
Reliability Specifications
Data Path Protection BCH ECC Corrects up to 44 random bits/1KB
Encryption 256-bit AES-compliant
Product Health Monitoring Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART)
Endurance Rated for 50GB/day host writes for 5 years under typical client workloads
Environmental Specifications
Power Consumption Idle: 0.55W Active: 2.50W
Operating Temperature 0°C ~ 55°C
Shock Resistance 1500G/0.5ms
Vibration (Operational) 2.17Grms (7-800Hz)
Vibration (Non-Operational)
16.3Grms (20-2000Hz)
240GB Currently $262 on Amazon, 120GB @ $146.59

OCZ Vector 150 Retail Bundle

Before we take a look at closer look at the 120GB and 240GB Vector 150 drive, we want to quickly draw some attention to their accessory bundle. OCZ continues to bundle their drives with not only 2.5” to 3.5” adapters, but they include a license for Acronis True Image HD as well. Though the adapters are growing less important as newer cases that include 2.5” mounting locations are released, the inclusion of Acronis is an excellent value add in our opinion.

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