Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD Review

Posted 13 September 2016 15:00 CET by Wendy Robertson

Final thoughts and the conclusion


User experience

A modern operating system such as Windows 10 rarely does one thing at time; it processes hundreds of threads at once. Just take a look at the processes and services that are running in task manager for an idea of how much is going on, even with the PC idling at the desktop. When you start running applications on top of this, the workload increases in line with the number and type of applications you are running. It’s also fair to say that many of these processes are already loaded into system RAM, but many are also loaded into and unloaded from RAM to the system drive as and when they are required.

If we look at the 4 basic requirements for a really fast SSD, they are as follows.

  • Small file threaded performance needs to be high.
  • Small random file performance needs to be high.
  • Sequential read and write speeds need to be high.
  • Fast access times. 

The Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD series SSD has all of these attributes, and feels very snappy in use as a system drive.

Stability

I have only had the Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD for a few weeks, so it’s not possible to comment on the drive's long term reliability. What I can say though is that the Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD hasn't caused any stability problems during the test period.

The Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD is as “plug n play” as it gets. There are no special tweaks needed other than simply making sure that AHCI SATA mode is enabled in the system UEFI (BIOS), and installing the latest Intel RST SATA drivers, if you want to get the best performance and compatibility out of this SSD.

Conclusion:


Let us summarise the most important positive and negative points below:

Positive:

  • Silky smooth operation as a system drive.
  • Excellent sequential reading and writing performance, even at very low queue depths.
  • Outstanding 4k random reading performance at high queue depths.
  • Outstanding mixed read/write performance.
  • TRIM support under Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
  • Completely silent operation.
  • Fast operating system start-up and shutdown times.
  • Very good power efficiency.
  • Excellent price.
  • 5 years ‘Advanced Warranty Program’.
  • Free Acronis True Image HD for backing up and restoring the VX500.

Negative:

  • Nothing to mention.


To sum up, this is what I would say:

As an operating system drive, the Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD is pretty hard to fault. Performance is outstanding as a system drive, and as fast as any of the other high performance SATA SSDs I have tested. The Toshiba OCZ VX500 SSD also proved to be very stable during the testing period.

If one was to base their opinion on the Toshiba OCZ VX500 solely on the performance indicated by synthetic benchmarks, then one could possibly be underwhelmed with the VX500. We at Myce learned a long time ago, that basing our opinion on a SSDs performance solely on the results obtained with synthetic benchmarks could be misleading.

Whilst one should not ignore synthetic benchmarks, over the years we have learnt that ‘real world’ tests prove to give a far more accurate picture of how an SSD really performs. In the real world, the Toshiba OCZ VX500 proved to be an outstanding performer. Finishing at the top, or nearly at the top of every real world test I ran.

The Toshiba OCZ VX500 also proved to be energy efficient, especially when reading or writing sequential data. It also proved to be very energy efficient when idling and doing no work at all; this is important, because consumer PC’s tend to spend quite a lot of time doing no work at all.

The Toshiba OCZ warranty is one of the best, if not the best warranty around. If the SSD should develop a fault within the five year warranty period, simply contact Toshiba OCZ, and they will ship you out a brand new SSD as an advanced replacement, and include pre-paid return packaging to return the faulty SSD.    

Price and availability

The Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD should be available soon, with suggested pricing as follows. VX500 128GB $63.99, VX500 256GB $92.79, VX500 512GB $152.52, VX500 1TB $337.06.

The parting sentence is:

“The Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD’s performance in the ‘real world’ is outstanding".

Rating system

The editor rating is based on the following key factors.

  • Performance
  • Stability (is the device stable?)
  • Price
  • Warranty
  • Supplied accessories (what is included in the package)

 

 

Thanks to:


EFD Software for providing the fully licensed versions of HD Tune Pro

Alex Schepeljanski for AS SSD Benchmark

Anvil’s Storage Utilities

FutureMark for providing a professional license for PC Mark 8

Quarch Technology for providing the XLC PPM test equipment used for our power consumption tests.

You may comment on this review below.

bean55
Moderator
Posted on: 13 Sep 16 14:31
Great review Dee as always

Looks like a pretty good drive at a decent price.
0 Agree

Dee
Senior Administrator and Reviewer
Posted on: 13 Sep 16 16:17
Quote:
Originally Posted by bean55
Great review Dee as always

Looks like a pretty good drive at a decent price.
Thanks

Yes it's a really nice SSD, and performs extremely well considering that the lower capacity models, including the 512GB version have no external DRAM to speed things along.

The good thing about having no cache is, you don't have to worry about losing data left in the cache should you suffer a system crash. And having no DRAM also helps with power consumption.
0 Agree

alan1476
Administrator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
Posted on: 13 Sep 16 23:31
Looks like a nice SSD Dee. Great review, but the 1TB flavor is too expensive. Its in the range of the MLC 1TB SSDs, Samsung 850 Pro, Sandisk Extreme Pro 960gb, the prices will most probably come down soon enough. The review shows this SSD is very capable.
0 Agree

Dee
Senior Administrator and Reviewer
Posted on: 14 Sep 16 15:34
Quote:
Originally Posted by alan1476
Looks like a nice SSD Dee. Great review, but the 1TB flavor is too expensive. Its in the range of the MLC 1TB SSDs, Samsung 850 Pro, Sandisk Extreme Pro 960gb, the prices will most probably come down soon enough. The review shows this SSD is very capable.
Just to note. The Toshiba OCZ VX500 also uses MLC NAND.
0 Agree

alan1476
Administrator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
Posted on: 14 Sep 16 15:36
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dee
Just to note. The Toshiba OCZ VX500 also uses MLC NAND.
I dont know why I thought it was TLC, maybe because most of the new drives use TLC
0 Agree

biggles77
MyCE Junior Member
Posted on: 16 Sep 16 12:15
Sweet. Another SSD to add to the list of ones to use especially with the 5 year warranty.

Thanks for the info.
0 Agree

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