OCZ Vertex 460 240GB Solid State Drive Review

Introduction and Specifications

We had originally planned to start this review and evaluation off with a brief discussion of OCZ’s potential fate and what the company’s recent bankruptcy and looming acquisition by Toshiba could mean for its future. But in the 11th hour yesterday, news came through that the acquisition was complete and OCZ would go on producing solid state storage products but now as a “wholly owned subsidiary and Toshiba Group Company”. We've even got a fresh new logo to show you in the table below.

Fittingly, the first product released after the announcement, and the drive we’ll be showing you here, features all home-grown OCZ controller technology and bleeding edge 19nm Toshiba-built MLC NAND flash memory. These just-announced OCZ Vertex 460 series drives will be available soon in 120GB – 480GB flavors and we’ve got the full scoop for you all on the pages ahead. First up though, let’s take a look at some specifications...

OCZ Vertex 460
Specifications & Features

  120GB 240GB 480GB
Max Read 530 MB/s 540 MB/s 545 MB/s
Max Write 420 MB/s 525 MB/s 525 MB/s
Max Random Read IOPS (4K QD32) 80,000 85,000 95,000
Max Random Write IOPS (4K QD32) 90,000 90,000 90,000
Steady-State Random Write IOPS (4K QD32) 12,000 21,000 23,000
Physical Specifications
Controller Barefoot 3 M10
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 20GB/day host writes for 3 years under typical client workloads
Environmental Specifications
Power Consumption Idle: 0.6W Active: 2.70W
Operating Temperature 0°C ~ 55°C
Shock Resistance 1500G/0.5ms
Vibration (Operational) 2.17Grms (7-800Hz)
Vibration (Non-Operational)
16.3Grms (20-2000Hz)
$99 (120GB), $189 (240GB), $359 (480GB) MSRP 

OCZ Vertex 460 Retail Package

Before we take a look at closer look at the new 240GB OCZ Vertex 460 we received for testing, we want to quickly draw some attention to its accessory bundle. OCZ continues to be one of the few companies that bundle its drives with not only a 2.5” to 3.5” mounting adapter, but with a license for Acronis True Image HD (Windows 8 compatible) as well. Heck, OCZ even thrown is multi-language installation manual and an “I Love My SSD” decal. Though the mounting 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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