Today, we get to check out the VX500 SSD from Toshiba. I am really excited to get to review a product from Toshiba as they has been one of my favorite manufactures since my first laptop. Toshiba acquired OCZ in early 2014, and they continue to work as an independent subsidiary but have been using Toshiba internal components. But, enough chatter, lets have a look at some data.
In a bit of a change from my last few reviews on motherboards, I will be looking at a new SSD! Today we will be reviewing OCZ’s latest offering, the OCZ Trion 150. If you remember, we reviewed the Trion 100 last year. The drive was budget oriented, focused on reads more so than writes, and performed pretty well around. OCZ has updated the Trion series and while the specifications are remarkably similar, some reworking of the controller and firmware, as well as a switch in NAND, should allow for a bit better performance while still being at a very affordable price point. Have a seat and let’s see how it does!
This is a pretty exciting time in the storage arena with the release of the M.2 form factor and much faster NVMe-based drives. Not only are the physical size of drives going down, but pricing as well, while capacity and performance is going up. To that end, our CES coverage continues with a visit to our friends at OCZ. I was excited to see them with dreams of looking at their latest NVMe-based offerings, and I was not disappointed.
OCZ has put out some great SSD drives over the years. From high-end enthusiast drives in the Vertex and Vector lines to the smoking fast PCIe based Revo drives (and let me tell you, we are looking forward to the PCIe based NVME drives too!). OCZ also has their ‘bang for the buck’ line in the Agility and new Arc series. Now they have an even more price oriented line in the Trion 100 series. The Trion line of drives are a more ‘read performance oriented’ series versus write performance when compared to the Arc and other OCZ high-end enthusiast SSDs. SSD drives like this are good for a slew of things, but storage and gaming come to mind first as that’s a high read environment with minimal writes.
Today we get a chance to review OCZ’s latest enthusiast-level drive in the Vector 180 240GB. OCZ boasts the Vector series of drives is the “be-all and end-all of feature sets for the most demanding of users who won’t settle for anything but the best”. We will take a look at the feature set, check out the drive performance, and see how it stacks up to the competition.
It wasn’t that long ago when the future of OCZ was in doubt, which came as sad news to many in the PC enthusiast community. Luckily, almost immediately after filing bankruptcy, they were promptly swooped up by the Toshiba Group. The acquisition seems like a match made in heaven with Toshiba being a worldwide leader and manufacturer of NAND flash. The marriage definitely affords OCZ the opportunity to be much more competitive in the saturated SSD market.
As the days go by in the SSD world, we have seen a lot of changes in the past couple of years, but one of the biggest changes has been the steady declining price of these drives. OCZ has filled out their SSD line-up to include high-end enthusiast SSDs such as their Vertex 150, workstation level drives, Revodrive 3, and down to the performance level of their new OCZ Vertex 460. This drive is meant to compete with the likes of the more budget oriented performance drives on the market. So we’ll put the OCZ Vertex 460 and its new proprietary in-house Barefoot 3 M10 controller through our test suite, and see how things look on the performance front. Let’s get to it!
As time goes on in the SSD landscape, we have seen quite a transition in just a few years time. Huge performance increases, NAND lifespan increases, and firmware evolution all have eroded away at scene to reveal faster, more stable, and longer life SSDs. In this light, one of the more popular SSD makers, OCZ, has come out with their newest drive, Vector, aimed at the high performance and workstation market.
Today, we have a product from a company typically associated with the server and business market, HighPoint Technologies, Inc. What we’ll be taking a look at in this article is their RocketCache 3240×8; a product for combining multiple SSDs and HDDs into high performance, high capacity storage solutions.