It was only last month that I reviewed the OCZ Vertex 3.20. The Vertex 3.20 was a refresh of the original Vertex 3, basically using the same SSD controller, but this time using 20nm IMFT NAND.
This month I'm taking a look at OCZ's new Vertex 4 refresh, the Vertex 450 series. For the Vertex 450 series, the transition to 20nm NAND has been made. But it's not only the NAND that has been updated from the original Vertex 4, the controller has also been updated. The original Vertex 4 used Marvell silicon, and in house Indilinx infused firmware. For the Vertex 450 series, OCZ has gone all in house, and used a new variant of the Indilinx BareFoot 3 SSD controller, the BareFoot 3 M10, and their own Indilinx infused firmware.
OCZ were kind enough to send me a review sample of their new Vertex 450 SSD. The review sample they sent was the 256GB version, but OCZ also offer a 128GB and 512GB versions of the Vertex 450. So let's find out how the Vertex 450 performs in this review.
OCZ Technology company information
OCZ should need no introduction, but those of you who would like to find out more about OCZ Technology, can do so at their website.
The OCZ Vertex 450 - 256GB SSD
Now it’s time to take a look at the drive itself and what it came shipped with.
The SSD I received was a retail unit, so let's start first with the packaging.
Inside the box
The complete package
The OCZ Vertex 450 package contained the OCZ Vertex 450 256GB SSD itself, quick installation booklet, warranty information, and an 'I love my SSD' sticker, 2.5 inch to 3.5 inch drive converter bracket, and eight fixing screws.
On the underside of the SSD, I found a label which displays the SSD model number, storage capacity, and indicates that the SSD was manufactured in Taiwan.
The case itself is 7mm thick and designed to be housed in a standard 2.5 inch drive bay, or a 3.5 inch drive bay using the supplied 2.5 inch to 3.5 inch converter bracket. The case is an all metal affair, and is very nicely styled. The SSD itself is quite heavy, and feels very solidly built.
Now let's head to the next page, where we look in more detail at the OCZ Vertex 450 SSD.....