Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: Consumer-class, 2.5" solid state drives have been bumping up against the limits of the SATA interface for a while now. That trend continues with the OCZ Vector 180, though performance does still differ somewhat between the high-end drives we tested here. Overall, the Vector 180 performed very well. Transfer rates were within striking distance of Samsung’s SSD 850 series drives, access times were among the best we’ve seen, and data compressibility has no impact on performance. The Vector 180 also offered some of the better scores in the 4K transfer tests. In the trace-based PCMark benchmarks, the Vector 180 finished about in the middle of the pack, but the deltas separating the drives were relatively small.
OCZ Vector 180 Series Solid State Drives -- Find Them At Amazon
There will be four drives in OCZ’s initial Vector 180 series line-up, ranging in capacity from 120GB on up to 960GB. Pricing for the drives is as follows:
- 120GB - $89.99 ($0.75 / GB)
- 240GB - $149.99 ($0.62 / GB)
- 480GB - $269.99 ($0.56 / GB)
- 960GB - $499.99 ($0.52 / GB)
Factor everything into the mix and OCZ has another compelling SSD in their line-up. The Vector 180 is fast, flexible, competitively priced, and has a great warranty. That’s a nice mix in our book.