OCZ Vector 180 240GB and 480GB tested




The 2.5 “-ssd Vector 180 is the new flagship of OCZ, now owned by Toshiba. OCZ Vector 180 has been a combination of flash memory and the parent company Toshiba proprietary Indilinx Barefoot controller built in. The SSD scored our benchmarks generally average, but put no average price opposite. The Vector 180 is considerably more expensive than other SSDs, but offers data protection during power failures, stable performance and five-year warranty.

PFM + technology for power outages
Five years Shield Plus Warranty
Relatively expensive
Average performance
Tweakers zegt: 6,5
Price for publication: € 270, –
Available from: € 267.95
Tested version: OCZ Vector 180 480GB
The 2.5 “-ssd Vector 180 is the new flagship of OCZ, now owned by Toshiba. OCZ Vector 180 has been a combination of flash memory and the parent company Toshiba built Indilinx Barefoot controller developed in-house. The Toshiba nand is mlc memory that according to the A19nm-process is created, either second-generation 19nm-nand, and the controller is the Barefoot 3 M00. That’s the same faster variant of the controller as in eg the Radeon R7 drives, Vertex 450 and Vector 150 was used The M00 has ARM cores are clocked at 397MHz,. the M10 version is clocked at 352MHz and is used for example in the Arc Vertex 100 and 460.

Vector 180

The Vector 180 follows the Vector 150, but has some innovations. The most notable of these is the maximum capacity. The Vector 150 was 480GB, but the Vector 180 is also available with a 980GB storage capacity. That is due to the use of 128Gbit chips in that version, at 64Gbit chips in the smaller capacities.

Also, it has used nand a newer generation OCZ and the Vector 180 are new Power Failure Management Plus or PFM + introduced. OCZ makes use of small capacitors in order to keep the intact mapping table in case of power failure. In addition, the table is preventive periodically written to the nand. That table tells the controller where data in the nand state and stored in the dram. If the power fails, the capacitors should provide enough power to write the table to the nand. PFM + is not intended to save all data that is in the DRAM cache; before more capacitors would be needed and that is also a feature that is more focused on enterprise SSDs. PFM + technology is designed to prevent bricking of your SSD. If this occurs, the drive is replaced under the five-year-Shield Plus warranty.

We have the Vector 180 tested according to our standard protocol for solid state drives, but let this brief review see a subset of the results. The full test results can be seen in our benchmark database. We compare the Vector 180 with its predecessor, the vector 150, which is provided with the first-generation 19nm NAND of Toshiba. Furthermore, we compare the most popular drives, such as the BX100 and MX100 Crucial, and the 850 Evo Samsung.

Synthetic benchmarks: AS-SSD

The sequential read and write speeds close together generally not much in SSDs and come in daily use already quite common. The Vector 180 drives are in the AS SSD tests, except for the reading speed, average to rap.

Practice Tests: traces

The traces which all reads and writes to a disk system are recorded and played back we see in the boat and gaming benchmarks slightly lower performance than the other disks. In the other traces the score Vector drives just fine, with the larger 480GB version is slightly better than the smaller ones.


As so often, the hard-hitting performance differences between different SATA SSD’s minimal. It is not for nothing that there are now SSDs have been developed to break down the bottleneck of SATA interface, as do PCIe-SSD’s. The main criteria for SATA SSDs should therefore go for the Vector 180 SSDs: price and reliability. The Vector 180 drives are still much more expensive than the competition, but the five-year warranty opposite. Furthermore, OCZ promises with its PFM + technology to keep your data safe in case of power supply interruptions and long term performance. However, it is questionable whether it outweighs the substantially higher price you have to pay.


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