OCZ was in deep trouble for quite some time before going bankrupt. Toshiba took the opportunity and bought the company’s SSD division which is now being operated under the brand name, OCZ Storage Solutions. The company has introduced a new SSD, Vertex 460 based on the same Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller and 19 nm Toshiba NAND memory.
OCZ Vertex 460 SSD
OCZ Storage Solutions’ new Vertex 460 SSD resembles the flagship Vector 150 a lot in terms of hardware. Both SSDs feature the in-house Barefoot 3 controller and exactly the same 19 nm Toshiba NAND. The only difference is the clock speed of the controller on the new Vertex 460 which is 45 MHz slower than Vector 150. The speed of the controller will not affect the overall sequential read and write speeds but will limit the performance under heavy loads.
In terms of specifications, the Vertex 460 comes in three storage capacities – 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB. It comes with a maximum sequential read speed of 545 MB/s along with 525 MB/s sequential write speeds respectively (480 GB model). The 4 KB Random Read is 95K IOPS where as steady-state 4 KB write is 23K IOPS. Another difference between the flagship and the new SSD is the endurance testing and life. The Vertex 460 has an endurance of writing 20 GB data per day for 3 years while the Vector 150 is capable of writing 50 GB data per day for 5 years. These are the minimum specs so SSDs tend to last much longer.
The Vertex 460 also has AES-256 bit encryption on-board for data protection and comes with 3 years warranty. Contents in the box also include a 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch adapter and a copy of Acronis True Image software. Price are not yet revealed. For more information, please visit the product page.
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