OCZ Vertex 450 SSD review -
The following images were taken at high-resolution and then cropped and scaled down. The camera used was a Canon DSLR shooting 12 MegaPixel photos.
Right then as always we start with the really simple stuff, packaging. The sample OCZ submitted comes as a 256 GB package. Performance is listed at 540MB/s read and 525MB/s writes with 60K IOPS at 4k random write aligned disk access with our tested 256 GB model.
And there it is, this is the7mm slim 2.5" SATA III 256 GB version all packaged up in the bundle. You should easily be able to place it somewhere in your chassis or laptop. Small and light-weight. The SSD supports TRIM making sure your SSD will regain its speed once in idle. Obviously you do need to connect it to a proper SATA 3 (6G) controller though, the best ones can be found on the Intel series 6, 7 and soon 8 chipset based products. We also find the new AMD FM2 based chipsets like the 85X to perform well.
When we look at the connectors, we spot the standard power and Serial ATA connectors. This drive is SATA3 (6G). Obviously your system is backwards compatible for SATA2 as well, but the bandwidth limitation there would be capped to roughly 270 MB/sec (which still is silly fast compared to HDDs). A proper SATA 6G cable is recommended and should be delivered with your motherboard. We however never ever had issues with a standard SATA2 cable either. It seems that SATA3 cables are a little thicker, that's all.
In this article we test, benchmark and review the all new OCZ Vertex 450 SSD. Armed with the new Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller this is the fifth incarnation of the popular OCZ Vertex series. Will it be as fast and competitive as it's predecessors ? Well let's see and find out shall we ?
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