OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SATA 3 2.5-inch SSD

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Product: OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SATA 3 2.5-inch SSD
Provided By: OCZ Storage Solutions
Price: $159.99 Online at time of publication

 

Introduction:

In late January of 2014, Toshiba announced the purchase of OCZ thus allowing OCZ to house Toshiba's NAND flash memory and in return Toshiba gained the OCZ brand and their IP – namely Indilinx. They now can combine their priority controllers, firmware and software all to make better solid state drives.

OCZ Vertex 460

Today we have on our review bench, the Vertex 460 240GB solid state drive by OCZ Storage Solutions. The Vertex 460 also comes in the smaller 120GB format, or the larger 480GB version. The price on the drive that we have here today is very competitive, and with what OCZ is saying about the drives performance, I expect great things for ~$159.99.

 

First Look:

These drives don't really come with a lot other than the drive itself, but OCZ did throw in a 3.5" bay bracket so it will fit into the standard 3.5" HDD bay in most computer cases. Since the Vertex is 7mm thin it will fit in most laptops and ultrabooks that still use 2.5" drives.

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OCZ did sweeten the deal a bit though, they have added a CD key for Acronis True Image HD Software! So if you have to clone a drive to migrate your system onto your sleek new SSD, you can! This is a full version of the software that also manages backups, partition management and more. It’s a nice bonus for sure.

 

I think that as far as looks, OCZ has hit the thumb with a hammer, er, nail on the head with this one. It looks great with the different shades of black and then the silver writing with some blue touches on the ends, combined with the grey body all add up to make a nice looking drive. The top is built of some sort of aluminum alloy and with a steel plate on the bottom, the drive should remain rigid.

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It looks good and fits into most any system and is the standard size of most SSDs these days. So far I would say that the Vertex 460 fits the bill for looks and build quality, but the true test is still to come.

Before getting too gung-ho about diving into benchmarks, we shall endeavor to peek into the inner workings of this drive a little further.


 

Drive Information:

The information disclosed below was pulled off OCZ's website for your convenience. If you are in need of the latest information on the chipset, the Vertex 460 itself or features, please be sure to find the appropriate locations.

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It's storage for your multimedia, multitasking world
The OCZ Vertex 460 Series delivers the performance, productivity, and energy efficiency your system is craving. Say goodbye to lag and get a computing experience worthy of your time.
 
Performance that matters
Do you write a lot of data? Vertex 460 delivers leading write speeds that you won’t get with any other solution. No fancy behind-the-scenes tricks, just pure storage performance.
 
Reliability and durability from the inside out
With quality SSD technology built into every drive, the Vertex 460 Series is built to provide years of hard drive-humiliating performance. Ditch that spinning HDD for some storage peace of mind.

Features

 

Specifications:

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Specs 2

 

On the next page, we'll take a brief look at what makes this drive tick and then jump into testing.


The Nitty Gritty:

We shall try to break this drive as far down as we can for you. The storage on the Vertex is made up of the TH58TEG7DDJBA4C chips (ABL Toggle mode 19nm MLC NAND) by Toshiba. 16 of these chips are contained in this drive and the chips consist of 16GB NAND. Also, the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller features an 8-channel array and can use 4-way interleaving on each memory channel, which is optimal in terms of performance. 

Inside

 

 

The SSD Testing Disclaimer:

Because of the wear-leveling algorithms used in SSDs, performance is actually pretty hard to nail down. It is for this reason also that drive performance can vary so much from one review to the next. Some sites go to extreme measures to show the maximum performance possible after they use utilities to restore the drive to pristine performance levels, but that isn't accurate in the real world. We've tried to get a balance of the pristine and the dirty drive here at BCCHardware and have used this drive extensively in our test systems both running Windows 8 x64. We feel that our results are as reproducible as possible, and while no software can accurately measure SSD performance in a perfectly fair fashion, we've done our best to keep the results accurate as possible. We've used synthetic benchmark tools such as AIDA64, Crystal DiskMark and others that are indicators of real-world performance.

 

Test Setup:

Test System

 

On the next page, we'll jump right into testing.


 

Performance - AS SSD:

To set off on this benchmarking adventure, first we shall use AS SSD. This is one of our newer suites and we will be using it to test the raw input/output operations per second (IOPS). This is to see if the claim of 85000 is attainable. We will also see how this drive stacks up against recent drives we have tested.

AS SSD IOPS - Read

 

AS SSD IOPS - Write

When it comes to the 64-queue depth test, this drive does not perform as good as is advertised but it still is not too far under the bar. Below is a comparison of the read and write speeds of the OCZ Vector, the Vector 150 and the Crucial M500 960GB that we are going to be continuing to compare through the performance tests.

I would say that the reading and writing performance from this test show the drive to be decent and puts it in relatively good standing among the other drives. The Vertex 460 seems to balance out when it is fast at writing and when at reading. In the rankings this drive stays in the second position and third places mostly, plummeting to fourth only once and never to last and making the climb to first twice.

 

Performance - ATTO:

Keep in mind that ATTO is not a good real-world indicator of performance, although it does show the speed at which the drive can read and write data using different sized files. We have also taken the results from the Crucial M500 and the two OCZ Vector and Vector 150 drives for some comparison.

ATTO - Read

 

ATTO - Write

In the read test the 460 is lower until the 4K mark and then seems to stay close to the top till 32K where it drops to the bottom then goes back up to the top three again and stays there. On the writing speed it moves into 3rd place on 1MB and then stays a steady 2nd at 32K and then stays only second to the Vector 256 GB!

On the next page we will show some more benchmarks on our list.


 

Performance - AIDA64:

The next benchmarks we are looking at today is some from AIDA64. We will have a quick jog through the basic read suite and again compare the results of the drives chosen. Do please keep in mind that this is merely for reference, since these drives have different controllers, NAND, capacities and more. 

AIDA64 - Read

At the start of the linear read benchmark, the Vertex places 3rd but moves up to 2nd at the end of the drive. In the random test we come in at last with 363.5 MB/s. As for the buffered we come in at second with 508.9MB/s!

 

Performance - Crystal DiskMark 3.0:

For the last of our benchmarks today we will be using Crystal DiskMark 3.0. This test will be used to see if the manufacturers rated speeds are true or false. Sequential tests are used in CDM as well as 4KB and 512KB random tests to see how the drive will do when reading and writing the various sizes. This test will follow the same protocol as the others with the same drives. 

Crystal DiskMark - Read

 

Crystal DiskMark - Write

 

Unfortunately this drive falls short on both the read test and the write test in our test system. On the bright side it never goes lower than third place behind only the Crucial M500 and OCZ Vector 256GB. For all of the writing tests except the 4K QD32 the 460 is higher than all of the other drives except for the OCZ Vector!

On the last page we will wrap up the review and give some final thoughts.


Final Thoughts:

While testing this SSD drive I have come to conclusion that it is an all-around good drive. It performed well on most of the tests. I am not disappointed with the fact that some of OCZ’s claims weren’t reached in this test system, but they aren’t that far off either. I would most likely add one of OCZ’s drives to my machine in the future. I personally like the 240GB size as it allows for a little bit extra room after the operating system is installed. It is also worth mentioning that the drive supports Windows, Mac and Linux.

This drive is also fast for daily computing. I installed my main OS (Windows 7) on it and it loads very quickly. It may not be the fastest when it comes to benchmarks, but it is a good SSD for most users.

 

I will also note that the Acronis software bundled with this drive is a nice touch, especially for those of us who want to clone drives. It saves you from searching high and low for software to make the proper migration.

With a sticker price (currently) of ~$160, and with some rebates available, you can install this drive in your system for as little as $140 at this moment, and for this price, it's a great buy. In the end you get good performance at very good price point.

Pros:
  • 7mm low profile fits most laptops
  • Highly compatible
  • 3 year warranty
  • Bundled migration software
  • Desktop drive bracket

 

Cons:
  • Performed slightly less than the manufacturer claims
  • Price point is a little high

 

At the end of the day, this drive is pretty solid and at the price it is online at the moment, it's a great deal. Go get one - or two. We give this a solid 9/10 and it sneaks in to win our "Gold Wrench" award.

I'd like to thanks OCZ for sending this drive out for us to review. If you have any questions or comments about this review, please feel free to post them in the forum at the link below.