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OCZ Vector 256GB SSD Review


Today we are having a look at the Vector, an SSD powered by the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller, the first controller fully developed in-house after OCZ acquired Indilinx in 2011. Can OCZ regain some of their lost ground with their latest SSD? We will find out in this review.

OCZ is one of the biggest players in the SSD market. Having acquired a whole company which specialized on the research and development of SSD-specific controllers, Indilinx, OCZ declared just how serious they are about grabbing a very large piece of the SSD market pie. However, even though OCZ acquired Indilinx back in 2011, it definitely took them quite a long time to fully develop their own controller from scratch. Today we are going to review a product powered by the Barefoot 3, the very first controller fully developed by Indilinx after it became part of OCZ. OCZ claims that the Vector is more than just about speed; it supposedly also is a very reliable product as well, free of the reliability issues of some of their previous models. Ladies and gentlemen, the Vector 256GB SSD.

Manufacturer features and specifications

  • Up to 550MB/s Sequential Read
  • Up to 530MB/s Sequential Write
  • Up to 95,000 IOPS 4k Random Read
  • Up to 100,000 IOPS 4k Random Write
  • Available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB
  • 5-Year Warranty

Usable Capacities (IDEMA)

128GB, 256GB, 512GB

NAND Components

25nm Multi-Level Cell (MLC)

NAND Controller

Indilinx Barefoot 3


SATA 3 6Gb/s

Form Factor

2.5 Inch, Ultra-slim 7mm

Dimension (L x W x H)

99.7 x 69.75 x 7mm




1.3 million hours

Data Path Protection

BCH ECC corrects up to 28 random bits/1KB

Data Encryption

256-bit AES-compliant, ATA Security Mode Features

Product Health Monitoring

Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) support



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