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Review: OCZ Vector 256 Gigabyte

Published by Marc Büchel on 27.11.12 (19226 reads)
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A closer look at the sequential thoughput rates reveals that this drive offers some serious performance. Regarding sequential reads we see a maximum value of 553 Megabytes per second. Concerning sequential writes the drive tops out at 531 Megabytes per seconds. When it comes to random IOPS we measured more then 95'500 IOPS for 4k random reads and about 85'500 IOPS for 4k random writes. According to the specs this drive should be able to deliver 550 Megabytes per second when doing sequential reads and 530 Megabytes per second when it comes to sequential writes. Therefore the OCZ Vector exceeds the performance promised by the manufacturer, which is always a pleasant surprise. Another thing, that is worth mentionin is the fact, that the sequentials are very stable and robust over all the tested block sizes. Sometimes we see performance drops, when testing 32 kilobyte or 64 kilobyte blocksizes. But in here, this isn't the case.

With the Vector OCZ - for the first time - mentions another number related to reliability other than the MTBF. They say that this drive can cope with 20 gigabyte written per day for a period of five years under typical client workloads. As we explained on page 1 of this review, it's difficult to put this into persepective but we think for a consumer grade drive these numbers are definitely good. Furthermore there are the five years warranty you get, buying this drive which means that the manufacturer is convinced, that this drive is highly reliable.


If you're looking for one of the fastest SSDs out there, then you should definitely consider the OCZ Vector. The performance you get from this drive is on a highly competitive level. Furthermore you get this very high performance over all different block sizes and it also doesn't matter if data is compressible or not. But in the end there is more than just performance where an SSD should shine bright, there is also reliability and with the Vector you get five years of warranty, which no other manufacturer is outperforming these days.

Page 1 - Introduction / Specs Page 7 - Random read KByte/s
Page 2 - Impressions Page 8 - Sequential write ops
Page 3 - How do we test? Page 9 - Sequential read ops
Page 4 - Sequential write KByte/s Page 10 - Random write ops
Page 5 - Sequential read KByte/s Page 11 - Random read ops
Page 6 - Random write KByte/s Page 12 - Conclusion

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Published: 2012/12/5 20:27  Updated: 2012/12/5 21:08
 Re: OCZ Vector 256 Gigabyte
Nicht ganz richtig, mit 5 Jahren Garantie als Alleinstellungsmerkmal.

Samsungs SSD 840 Pro hat ebenfalls 5 Jahre Garantie und spielt leistungstechnisch in gleicher Liga.
Published: 2012/12/15 1:28  Updated: 2012/12/16 18:20
 Re: OCZ Vector 256 Gigabyte
Ein Langzeittest wäre bei dem Teil mal wichtig.
Ich bin mir sicher das man nicht erst 5 Jahre warten muss bevor man die Garantie bei OCZ in Anspruch nehmen muss.
Published: 2012/12/17 16:53  Updated: 2012/12/17 16:53
Joined: 07/05/2004
From: Zürich CH
Comments: 3174
 Re: OCZ Vector 256 Gigabyte
Ich werde mal schauen, dass ich mit OCZ was gescheites in dieser Hinsicht anreisen kann. Sprich, dass ich eine Vector im Handel bei irgendeinem online Shop kaufe und das Ding dann so lange teste, bis es stirbt.
Published: 2013/1/17 18:45  Updated: 2013/1/17 18:45
 OCZ und neuer Controller? Die Erfahrung sagt: nix gut...
Ich kann mir ehrlich gesagt nicht vorstellen, dass die Vector eine vernünftige Firmware hat. Meine Firma hat Ende letztes Jahr einige Vertex 4 angeschafft und die Bilanz ist: fast 50% Prozent Ausfall (auch meine war dabei). So schnell gibt es wohl keine OCZ SSD mehr bei uns. Zumal auch keine Datenrettung möglich ist. Wenn sich die SSD tot stellt war es das.

Schnelligkeit und Lebensdauer der Flash-Bausteine sind generell gut bei aktuellen SSDs, das grösste Problem ist die Qualität der Firmware/Controller. Da haben auch andere Hersteller Probleme. Und warum nun ausgerechnet die Vector mit der OCZ Tradition der schlechten Qualität von Firmware/Controller brechen sollte, erschliesst mich trotz des Artikels nicht so ganz.

Von daher ist ein Langzeittest sehr interessant, insbesondere wenn auch mal die Hardware gewechselt wird!
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