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OCZ Vector 256GB SSD Full Review - Indilinx zeroes in on the competition

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: OCZ SSD Product Page
Tagged: vector, ssd, sata, ocz, mlc

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts



  • Excellent sequential performance
  • Outstanding IOPS performance
  • Low cost/GB, especially for 25nm flash
  • 7mm housing enables use in slim notebooks / ultrabooks
  • 5-year warranty (bravo)


  • This is rare for me, but I've got nothin. Seriously. Ok, so it doesn't wash my dishes.

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Pricing and Availability (MSRP):

OCZ Vector:

  • 128G @ $150 ($1.17 / GB)
  • 256G @ $270 ($1.05 / GB)
  • 512B @ $560 ($1.09 / GB)

These are intro MSRP numbers, so allow some possible slack in either direction after launch, depending on demand and OEM discretion. It's not as low as TLC or 20nm pricing, but realize this is tried and true 25nm IMFT SYNC flash. It's been around for a long time, and its longevity is well proven and remains superior to the newer stuff.


The Vector will ship with a 5-Year warranty, making it one of the few 'budget' consumer drives with such a long warranty period.

Final Thoughts:

The OCZ Vector astonished me with its throughput, sheer IOPS performance, and low latency. Tackling the challenges of in-house production has definitely paid off for them. Provided the price remains as low as OCZ promises, I will be recommending the Vector to many a PC builder. OCZ products are not just for the early adopters and power users any more - the Vector appears to be a clear choice for the masses to enjoy.

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Awarding my Editor's Choice for amazing performance at an excellent price point.

November 27, 2012 | 11:24 AM - Posted by Josh Walrath

I want one.  Or two.  Set me up, Allyn.  I promise that I will make it worth your while in Vegas at CES.

November 27, 2012 | 03:38 PM - Posted by razor512

Seems pretty awesome, I wonder how the 128GB version performs compared to the 128GB vertex 4 (was planning on getting vertex 4 before I saw this)

November 27, 2012 | 03:42 PM - Posted by Allyn Malventano

From what I've seen of the specs, they should be pretty close. I've requested the smaller capacity for further evaluation towards this end.

November 27, 2012 | 07:04 PM - Posted by Anon (not verified)

Any idea if the Arm Core is based on the A15?

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