A year is a long time in the SSD business, and it's hard to believe that the original OCZ Vector SSD launched nearly one year ago. The original Vector was the first SSD to use the Indilinx BareFoot 3 SSD controller. The original Vector also used IMFT 25nm MLC NAND.
It won't have escaped your notice that 25nm NAND has been phased out, and is now very difficult to source in quantity. 25nm NAND has now been replaced by 19nm, and 20nm NAND respectively. Generally, the smaller node NAND doesn't perform as well as the its larger counterpart. Of course, the smaller node NAND is cheaper to produce, and allows for more storage in the same size of package.
It isn't exactly news that OCZ has found it very difficult to source 25nm NAND for the Vector range of SSDs, so much so that the Vector range is quite difficult to get hold of. The Vector is OCZ's enthusiast part, and it's quite clear that they needed a replacement for the Vector, and needed that replacement immediately. Enter the Vector 150 series of SSDs.
The Vector 150 utilises the familiar BareFoot 3 SSD controller, but the NAND has made the transition to the smaller node size. The Vector 150 now uses Toshiba 19nm toggle mode MLC NAND. OCZ was kind enough to send me a Vector 150 review sample, the 240GB version to be exact. The Vector 150 is available in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacity versions.
So let's find out how this new SSD performs in our range of tests.
OCZ Technology company information
OCZ should need no introduction, but those of you who would like to find out more about OCZ, can do so at their website.
The OCZ Vector 150 - 240GB SSD
Now it’s time to take a look at the drive itself and what it came shipped with.
The review sample I received was the full retail kit.
OCZ Vector 150 240GB SSD full retail kit
The full retail kit contained the following items. The Vector 150 240GB SSD itself, 3.5 inch to 2.5 inch drive converter bracket, eight fixing screws, an 'I love my SSD' sticker, instruction booklet, warranty information, and a licence key for Acronis True Image 2013 HD.
The casing on the OCZ Vector 150 is 7mm thick and an all metal affair, with the bottom of the case acting as a heat sink for the BareFoot 3 SSD controller.
The software supplied via download from the OCZ Technology website is as follows.
- OCZ SSD Toolbox
- Acronis True Image HD
OCZ SSD Toolbox
The OCZ SSD toolbox provides a means of updating the SSD's firmware, Secure Erasing the SSD, and also providing useful information about the OCZ Vector hardware via S.M.A.R.T.
Bundled Acronis True Image HD 2013
As I mentioned a little earlier on this page, the OCZ Vector 150 is bundled with a serial key for Acronis True Image HD 2013. Primarily this software is provided to allow the consumer to easily migrate their existing system partition over to their new Vector 150 SSD. But, True Image HD also has a few other very useful features. Let's take a brief look at the True Image HD software.
Note: Not all features are available in the OEM version.
Recover the backup of your system drive to your new Vector 150 SSD
Cloning your system drive to your new Vector 150 only takes a few simple mouse clicks, and enough HDD space for the backup data itself. Recovering the backup to your new Vector 150 SSD is once again a very simple task, only requiring a few simple mouse clicks.
Now let's head to the next page, where we look in more detail at the OCZ Vector 150 SSD.....