OCZ Vertex 450 Review

ccokeman - 2013-08-26 15:40:29 in Storage / Hard Drives
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Reviewed by: ccokeman   
Reviewed on: January 6, 2014
Price: $109.00 Each

OCZ Vertex 450 Introduction:

Over the past few years, one company has been at the forefront when it comes to driving up the adoption rate of solid state drives from the budget minded Agility and Octane series to the upper end Vertex, Vector, and Revo Drive series for the consumer. That company, OCZ, has seen its share of the good and bad when it comes to NAND Flash technology over that time frame. With recent successes such as the Vector drives and maturation of the Indilinx Barefoot 3 NAND controller, OCZ is poised to make a comeback with the budget friendly Vertex 450 drive. Equipped with the Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 controller, a lower clocked version of the controller, and lower cost IMFT 20nm NAND, you get controlled costs as low as $109 for a 128GB high performance drive. Available in capacities from 128GB to 512GB, the Vertex 450 from OCZ hits all the standard capacities and price points along with a three-year warranty.

128GB drives traditionally have a lower level of performance and this drive is no exception, with the 128GB version sporting sequential read speeds of up to 540MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 290MB/s. The 256GB version, however, is rated at 540MB/s read and 525MB/s write, giving the drive a significant boost in write performance for more than double the cost. So how do you boost performance while saving some coin? Use two smaller drives in a RAID 0 configuration! After the initial setup, it's all upside and increased performance with the same data volatility as using a single drive.

In this review we will take a look at how the Vertex 450 in 128GB trim compares to competitive 240-256GB drives in single and in a dual drive configuration to give a textbook example of what you can expect. Let's see if we can double the performance of a single drive.

OCZ Vertex 450 Closer Look:

OCZ's packaging has not changed much, if at all, since I last looked at the Vector series of drives with the exception of the naming and color scheme. The front panel shows an image of the Vertex 450 drive, the drive name, how it is Indilinx infused, it comes with Acronis True HD drive cloning software, and shows some basic features along the bottom. The back side talks about the upsides to owning an OCZ solid state drive in various languages. Internally the drive is held in place with a dense foam block that also holds the 3.5-inch drive adapter, mounting screws, manuals, and keycode for the included Acronis software. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out of the box the Vertex 450 looks much like most solid state drives, but features OCZ's unique take on the housing that features rounded corners and the full on graphics treatment. The back side of the drive has a label that includes the drive part number and serial number along the bottom of the label. Overall it's a good looking package. Drive connectivity is standard for a SATA 6Gbps drive using the standard SATA power and data cables to connect to the motherboard and power supply. Mounting the Vertex 450 is the same as any other 2.5-inch form factor drive with mounting holes on the sides and bottom of the drive housing.

 

 

 

The drive housing is held together with four screws, one of them covered with a tamper seal that will void your warranty if damaged. Internally the OCZ-designed PCB is held in place with another quartet of screws. The standoffs are high enough to prevent any contact with the PCB or surface mounted components, even with the slim 7mm form factor of this drive. The cover has a small square of thermal interface material that contacts the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller so that heat from the controller can be passed to the drive housing.

 

 

Packed onto the PCB are sixteen 64Gb IMFT Micron 20nm MLC NAND Flash modules that make up the 128GB capacity on this Vertex 450 drive. A 256MB DDR3-1600 DRAM module is used for data caching for the Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 controller. There is another pad for additional DDR3 memory for use with larger drives.

 

 

Whats the deal with two boxes you ask? It's so we can look at the performance metrics delivered by a pair of these drives from OCZ in a RAID 0 configuration.Ultimately to show the added value and performance you get when compared to a single 240-256GB drive. At $109 these are a steal.

OCZ Vertex 450 Specifications:

PHYSICAL
Usable Capacities (IDEMA)
128GB, 256GB, 512GB
NAND Components
20nm Multi-Level Cell (MLC) Flash
NAND Controller
Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10
Interface
SATA 3 6Gb/s (Backwards compatible with SATA II 3Gb/s)
Form Factor
2.5-inch, ultra-slim 7mm
Dimension (L x W x H)
99.7 x 69.75 x 7mm
Weight
115g
RELIABILITY / PROTECTION
Data Path Protection
BCH ECC corrects up to 44 random bits/1KB
Endurance
Rated for 20GB/day of host writes for 3 years under typical client workloads
Product Health Monitoring
Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) Support
ENVIRONMENTAL
Power Consumption
128GB Idle: 0.55W, Active: 2.15W
256GB-512GB Idle: 0.60W, Active: 2.65W
Operating Temperature
0°C ~ 55°C
Storage Temperature
-45°C ~ 85°C
Shock Resistance
1500G/0.5ms
Certifications
RoHS, CE, FCC, KCC, C-Tick, BSMI, VCCI, UL
COMPATABILITY
Serial ATA (SATA)
Fully compliant with SATA International Organization: Serial ATA Revision 3.0. Fully compliant with ATA/ATAPI-8 Standard Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
Power Requirements
Standard SATA Power Connector
Operating System
Windows / Mac / Linux
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Performance Optimization
TRIM (requires OS support), Idle Time Garbage Collection
Included Accessories
Acronis True Image HD cloning software registration key; 3.5" desktop adapter
Service & Support
3-Year Warranty, Toll-Free Tech Support, 24 Hour Forum Support, Firmware Updates
ORDERING INFORMATION: Part Number/UPS
128G
VTX450-25SAT3-128G/   842024033813
256G
VTX450-25SAT3-256G/   842024033820
512G
VTX450-25SAT3-512G/   842024033837

OCZ Vertex 450 Features:

 

 

All information courtesy of OCZ @ http://ocz.com/consumer/vertex-450-sata-3-ssd">http://ocz.com/consumer/vertex-450-sata-3-ssd

OCZ Vertex 450 Testing:

Testing of hard drives can be done in several different ways. One method involves leaving the drive bare and connecting it as a secondary drive in an existing system. By simultaneously cleaning the drive after each benchmark run-through, this allows you to see its theoretical peaks in performance. However, these results would only represent a best-case scenario – one that you may never see unless operating a bare drive. The second method, which OverclockersClub employs, involves loading the operating system and benchmarking suite onto the test drive itself. This would give performance results that emulate real-world usage more closely. Testing will be completed with the Z87-based system listed below, alongside a fresh install of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit that is updated to SP1 and fully patched as of the date of testing. The latest Intel Rapid Storage technology drivers and software have also been installed. All tests are conducted with the drive connected to a native SATA III 6 Gb/s port on the motherboard, in an effort to eliminate any possible bottlenecks with performance.

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Drives:

 

Benchmarks:

  1. HD Tune 5.0
  2. SiSoft Sandra 2013
  3. Anvil Storage Utility
  4. ATTO Disk Benchmark
  5. Crystal Disk Mark
  6. AS SSD
  7. PCMark 8
  8. IO Meter

OCZ Vertex 450 Testing:

HD Tune 5.0 Pro measures disk performance to make comparisons between drives or disk controllers. In the 4.60 Pro version, the user can measure not only drive performance as a whole, but also run more precise file and random access benchmarks as well.

Benchmark:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

File Benchmark:

 

 

 

 

 

SiSoft Sandra 2013: SiSoft Sandra is a diagnostic utility and synthetic benchmarking program. It allows you to view your hardware at a higher level to be more helpful.

 

 

Drive performance of the OCZ Vertex 450 is comparable in the read tests, yet falls behind a bit in the random access testing. Running a pair of the Vertex 450 drives in RAID 0 improves drive performance in just about every test.

OCZ Vertex 450 Testing:

Anvil Storage Utility: Anvil Storage Utility is a fully configurable tool that allows the user to test and validate the performance of the installed Solid State Drives showing both bandwidth and IOPS results. The tool will output a read score and write score along with an aggregate score much like we see with AS SSD. Not only do you get standard test routines but a myriad of options when you dig into the tools capabilities. FOr our testing we will run the default tests and report the results in chart form below for comparison.

Results:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atto Disk Benchmark v2.47: Atto Disk Benchmark is another aged, but good hard drive benchmark utility designed to test read and write speeds for different file sizes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 128GB, the Vertex 450 in single drive configuration is not as impressive as the Vertex 4 in the Anvil Storage tests. Adding a second drive creates a situation where you have the same capacity and slightly lower costs, but a drive combination that outperforms the field. In the ATTO testing, the Vertex 450 delivers its rated speeds. Again the RAID 0 set delivers a significant performance upside.

OCZ Vertex 450 Testing:

Crystal Disk Mark 3.0: Crystal Disk Mark is a hard drive benchmark designed to measure the read and write speeds of drives by using 4k blocks, 512k blocks, and sequential data. For the test, we chose the 1000MB option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AS SSD v1.1.3466.29641: AS SSD is a benchmark specifically designed to test the speed of solid state drives. However, it also works for traditional hard drives. It is designed to measure the read and write speeds, as well as access times for set block sizes. It also assigns a score to the read, write, and overall performance of the drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again we see that on its own the 128GB Vertex 450 delivers middle of the road performance by comparison. Adding the second drive really delivers an immense boost in performance, keeping costs and capacities static.

OCZ Vertex 450 Testing:

PCMark 8 Storage test. This test is used to measure the performance of SSDs, HDDs, and even Hybrid solutions but running a set of traces through real world applications to determine drive performance. Each of the routines as well as the overall scoring and bandwidth tests are used for a performance comparison with higher results indicating superior peformance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

IOMeter is an I/O subsystem measurement and characterization tool for single and clustered systems. It was originally developed by the Intel Corporation and announced at the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) on February 17, 1998. Since then, it has seen widespread use within the industry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OCZ's Vertex 450 delivers the second highest single drive results in the PCMark 8 storage test as a single drive. In I/O Meter the drive delivers the highest IOPs and throughput in the read tests, yet delivers the lowest result in the write testing, again as a single drive. Adding the second Vertex 450 takes the performance up while keeping the same capacity as the comparison drives.

OCZ Vertex 450 Conclusion:

First and foremost the elephant in the room. Is OCZ as a company still going to be around to take care of the consumers who have purchased OCZ products? The short answer is yes it is after being purchased by market giant Toshiba. How long the brand will remain a viable entity is, however, still up for debate, but all warranties will be honored (we are told).

That aside, we can get to the Vertex 450 128GB drive that we have looked at today. As far as drive performance goes. the Vertex 450 delivers good performance across the spectrum, especially when you look at read performance where as a single drive it easily meets the read/write rating for the drive of up to 525MB/s sequential read and 290MB/s sequential write in my testing. Adding a second drive to the mix in a RAID 0 configuration drives performance up and over the rated speeds of the 256GB and 512GB Vertex 450 drives. Really that is something you can expect, but then you start thinking of the costs of a pair of 128GB solid state drives. As of the date of this article you can pick up a pair of OCZ Vertex 450 128GB drives for less than $220 with free shipping from select e-tailers. At that price it is hard to overlook the performance generated by a pair of the Vertex 450 drives.

Using its own controller, the Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10, coupled with the latest MLC 20nm NAND flash, OCZ has created a series of drives that use proprietary flash management algorithms for long term performance and reliability. The use of these flash management algorithms allow the Vertex 450 drive to have its entire capacity available to the end user without the over-provisioning seen with LSI Sandforce-based drives. TRIM is supported when using an operating system that supports the TRIM command such as Windows 7 and Win 8.

At $109 for a 128GB drive that comes with a 2.5 to 3.5-inch drive adapter and Acronis drive imaging software, the Vertex 450 128GB drive is an outstanding value for the end user. This low price and 7mm form factor allow the Vertex 450 to be used in both desktop and laptop applications to breathe new life into an older computer. The lower power consumption and speed increases are most noticeable when used in a laptop that may have seen its best battery life when new. Any way you look at it you cannot go wrong with one of these drives from OCZ.

 

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