Review: OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD Reviewed by: Wendy Robertson Provided by: OCZ Storage Solutions Model: VTX460-25SAT3-240G Firmware version: 1.0
The last few months have been a little difficult for OCZ, with the manufacturer not being able to secure adequate supplies of NAND, and running into serious financial difficulties. But as I write this article, OCZ’s fortunes have changed substantially with Toshiba buying out OCZ’s product line and intellectual property, keeping hold of the OCZ brand name, but also renaming it to OCZ Storage Solutions.
With the backing of Toshiba, and their considerable resources, OCZ is in a very strong position in the SSD market. With OCZ’s considerable SSD knowledge, and Toshiba’s NAND fabrication at their disposal, OCZ stands an excellent chance of becoming a really big player in the SSD market.
Today I’m taking a look at OCZ’s latest consumer grade SSD, the OCZ Vertex 460. The Vertex 460 utilises their own Indilinx BareFoot 3 M10 SSD controller, coupled with Toshiba Toggle 2 MLC NAND. The Vertex 460 is available in three different capacities. 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB. The SSD I’m looking at today is the 240GB version, which OCZ kindly sent me for review.
So let’s find out how this new SSD performs in our range of tests.
OCZ Storage Solutions company information
OCZ should need no introduction, but those of you who would like to find out more about OCZ Storage Solutions, can do so at their website.
The OCZ Vertex 460 – 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 Vertex 460 SSD full retail kit
The full retail kit contained the following items. The OCZ Vertex 460 SSD itself, eight fixing screws, a 3.5 inch to 2.5 inch converter bracket, an ‘I love my OCZ SSD’ sticker, and an instruction and warranty information booklet.
The software supplied via download from the OCZ 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, TRIM the free space on the SSD, and also providing useful information about the OCZ Vertex 460 hardware via S.M.A.R.T.
Bundled Acronis True Image HD 2013
As I mentioned a little earlier on this page, the OCZ Vertex 460 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 Vertex 460 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 Vertex 460 SSD
Cloning your system drive to your new Vertex 460 only takes a few simple mouse clicks, and enough HDD space for the backup data itself. Recovering the backup to your new Vertex 460 SSD is once again a very simple task, requiring only a few simple mouse clicks.
Now let’s head to the next page, where we look in more detail at the OCZ Vertex 460 SSD…..