The company OCZ recently filed for bankruptcy and while most of people expected the worst, the optimists certainly knew that this won’t be the end of this excellent manufacturer. They had exquisite products in their portfolio. OCZ not only developed their own SSDs, power supplies and many more, but also developed their own controllers for SSD devices. It was only a matter of time when someone would seize this opportunity, and many could have guessed who that would be. This is a manufacturer who started more and more to be involved with SSDs and while they do have their own memory, they’ve always had trouble with controllers. You guessed it, we’re talking about Toshiba, which recently developed the fantastic 19-nm NAND and the only thing they were lacking was Indilinx or Barefoot controller in order to finalize an excellent product. Now we’ll talk for a bit about the most interesting model, because it’s aimed at budget-oriented users. That’s OCZ Vertex 460, SSD with an affordable price, which will pose a serious threat to every competitor.
OCZ Vertex 460
The new SSD comes in a typical OCZ packaging. Nothing too fancy, just a small box that contains the SSD itself, 3.5” mounting equipment, user manual and activation code for Acronis True Image HD. The latter will be extremely useful for many users, especially those who plan to transfer their previous system to the new SSD. Also, there’s the traditional “I Love My OCZ SSD” sticker if you really want to profess your love towards SSD. All in all, a moderate package which contains every necessary piece of equipment, without giving too much. The SSD itself is brilliantly made, because it’s completely made out of chassis materials. Additionally, a new detail that draws attention is that the corners are extremely rounded, so the design of this SSD represents a breath of fresh air. Vertex 460 is only 7 millimeters thick and the only thing that we believe this package is lacking is a 9.5 mm adapter.
The most important thing is what’s located inside, and in that area, Vertex 460 has a lot to offer, even though it’s a budget-oriented. The basis is Barefoot 3 M10 controller, developed by OCZ which has a range of optimization options in order to enhance performance during long periods of use. Concretely, while most of SSD’s performances drastically drop when they’re under heavy load for a prolonged period of time, this effect is much less pronounced in Vertex 460 due to above-mentioned optimizations. The controller has AES 256-bit encryption implemented, so you can count on your data stored in it to be completely secure. Also, the NAND consumption management has been improved, which effectively prolongs the lifetime of this SSD even with the use of the standard 3K MLC NAND. While we’re talking about the chips, considering that Toshiba took over the company, it’s no wonder we’ve encountered their 19 nm Toggle-mode MLC NAND.
These chips have proved themselves to be excellent ever since we saw them for the first time in Kingston’s SSD NOW V300, which blew us away with its performances and price. Lastly, SATA 6 Gbps was used as the interface for connection to the motherboard which, according to the listed specifications (530 MB/s Read, i.e. 420 MB/s Write), was necessary in order for Vertex 460 to reach its full potential. And to top it all off, its price is around 80 or 90 euros, meaning this is a truly stunning device. The manufacturer states that Vertex 460 will especially prove capable during mixed type of tasks, as well as during the measuring IOPS where even in theory stands above the rest a lot.
|Controller||Barefoot 3 M10|
|Interface||SATA 6 Gbps|
|Additional||3.5" adapter, Acronis True Image HD|
OCZ Vertex 460 proved to be a quite capable SSD and not only that; it seemed that it would be a lot more expensive if you tried appraising it solely by its results. Sequential speeds are phenomenal regardless of the type of data. Unlike SandForce, Barefoot 3 controller doesn’t distinguish between the compressed and uncompressed data, so it provides great results in both cases. This goes especially for AS SSD compression test, where graph clearly shows maximum performances right at the start and the curve doesn’t increase compared to the degree of data compression. As for the “mixed workload” scenario, IOMeter clearly explains why OCZ insisted on this type of performance measuring. During mixed workload data usage, Vertex 460 shines and that’s an excellent example of how it runs in practice.
|ATTO Bench 2.41|
|Read QD4 0.5 / 4 / 8 / 256 / 8192 KB [KB/s]||9481 / 228403 / 299704 / 532634 / 534495|
|Read QD10 0.5 / 4 / 8 / 256 / 8192 KB [KB/s]||24576 / 284819 / 383736 / 529998 / 533315|
|Write QD4 0.5 / 4 / 8 / 256 / 8192 KB [KB/s]||44049 / 248430 / 417992 / 427570 / 427056|
|Write QD10 0.5 / 4 / 8 / 256 / 8192 KB [KB/s]||46720 / 360120 / 432292 / 426596 / 426088|
|AS SSD Benchmark 1.6|
|Read Seq / 4K / 4K-64 Thrd [MB/s]||496.5 / 26.2 / 301.2|
|Write Seq / 4K / 4K-64 Thrd [MB/s]||388.3 / 136.9 / 324.1|
|Copy Benchmark ISO / Program / Game [MB/s]||419.4 / 111.4 / 306.4|
|CrystalDiskMark 3.01 x64|
|Read Seq / 512K / 4K / 4K QD 32 [MB/s]||487.7 / 424.7 / 28.33 / 318.4|
|Write Seq / 512K / 4K / 4K QD 32 [MB/s]||425.8 / 426.4 / 160.7 / 368.4|
|Read Seq / 512K / 4K / 4K QD 32 [MB/s]||514.1 / 433.1 / 28.34 / 319.2|
|Write Seq / 512K / 4K / 4K QD 32 [MB/s]||426.3 / 425.9 / 160.8 / 368.5|
|IOMeter 1.1.0 Mixed Workload Performance|
|100% Read [IOPS]||25427|
|80% Read / 20% Write [IOPS]||19857|
|67% Read / 33% Write [IOPS]||15808|
|PCMark 7 Storage Test||5382|
|PCMark 8 Storage Test||4964|
|Test configuration: Intel Core i5 2500K, ASUS P8Z77-V, 2x4GB AMD DDR3 1600MHz, Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti, Windows 7 64bit|
New OCZ, better OCZ
With this new Vertex generation, we have an excellent contender on the market and we believe this model will be a roaring success. Simply put, we weren’t able to locate a single weak point of this SSD, starting with the performances itself in various scenarios, over the accompanying equipment, and ending with the price that’s between models such as V300 and HyperX 3K that Kingston offers. It shouldn’t be especially stated that Vertex 460 is better positioned and that we believe that it will force the competition to refresh their portfolio. Until then, Vertex 460 with 120 GB of space should definitely be the top choice of every buyer that’s looking for an SSD within 70 to 100 euros price range.