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OCZ Vertex 460 240GB Review


OCZ Vertex 460 240GB Conclusion:

Overall, OCZ has put together a drive using its Barefoot 3 M10 controller that performs well across a wide spectrum of tests. The marriage of OCZ and Toshiba is beginning to bear fruit, and with the release of the Vector 460, this marriage continues to improve with OCZ's controller and Toshiba 19nm MLC NAND. In the performance tests, the Vertex 460 delivers best-in-class performance in many of the tests and even outperforms a RAID 0 array of Vertex 450 drives in some tests. Rated to deliver a maximum read speed of 550MB/s and maximum write speed of 525MB/s, the drive met the criteria for delivering the sequential performance targets. When looking at the rated IOPs performance, again we see the Vertex 460 over-delivering on its rating. Throughout the testing, the drive never slowed down thanks to the garbage collection algorithm used by OCZ.

As far as performance is concerned, OCZ delivers. Performance and brand reliability are major defining factors in many hardware related purchases, and performance is covered pretty well with this drive, while reliability is provided with a nice three-year warranty just to be safe. Over those three years, it is rated for 20GB/day reads and writes; a level most of us will not hit. As a 7mm form factor drive, the OCZ Vertex 460 can be used not only in desktop applications, but also in many of the slim form factor ultrabooks or notebooks. The form factor of the drive allows it to easily replace standard hard drives in portables for improved boot and application load times, as well as extending battery usefulness per charge.

Outside those factors, the rest of the package can make or break the deal, but once again OCZ has you covered and delivers some added value components to the equation. A standard for OCZ drive has been the 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch bay adapter, which makes installation in a 3.5-inch drive bay a snap. Many newer chassis are adding 2.5-inch drive compatibility, but not everyone is on board, which is why it is nice you do not need to spend the money on an adapter if you grab this drive. In addition, instead of some off-brand imaging software, OCZ provides a fully licensed version of Acronis True Image 2013 to migrate your data over to the new drive. Lastly, OCZ's Toolbox is available for firmware updates and can be used to "secure erase" the drive if need be. All told, thats an added value of over $50 included with the Vertex 460 drive.

Put together as a cost conscious option to the Vector series, the Vertex 460 comes to the end user at around $0.62 per gigabyte of available space on the drive. At $149 for the 240GB version I have looked at today, this offers a tremendous value for the performance delivered. At that price point, you really cannot go wrong.



  • TRIM support
  • Included 3.5" mounting bracket
  • Value (low price per GB)
  • Imaging software included
  • Three-year warranty
  • 7mm form factor
  • Proprietary controller
  • OCZ Toolbox



  • None


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  1. OCZ Vertex 460 240GB: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. OCZ Vertex 450 240GB: Specifications & Features
  3. OCZ Vertex 460 240GB Testing: Setup
  4. OCZ Vertex 460 240GB Testing: HD Tune, Sisoft Sandra
  5. OCZ Vertex 460 240GB Testing: Anvil Storage Utility, ATTO 2.47
  6. OCZ Vertex 460 240GB Testing: CrystalDiskMark, AS SSD
  7. OCZ Vertex 460 240GB Testing: PCMark 8, IO Meter
  8. OCZ Vertex 460 240GB Conclusion
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