I wanted to share some interesting SSD reading I just did.
Just read a pretty good write up about the new Vector SSD at Anandtech. The benchmarks appear very impressive. It's just killing many of the SSD's people used to think are good. I guess it shows how fast PC hardware changes. I wonder if this is a taste of things to come with other brands?
It's interesting to read the best two performing SSD's use a proprietary controller that appears superior to most SSD's using Marvel or Sandforce. Samsung 840PRO and the new Vector. This appears to set them apart and ahead of the pack in performance.
The article also makes mention of a longer validation process for the VECTOR; that's certainly been an Achilles heal for OCZ in the past having rushed previous models to market.
Originally Posted by AnandtechArticle
The design cycle for Vector is the longest OCZ has ever endured. It took OCZ 18 months to bring the Vector SSD to market, compared to less than 12 months for previous designs. The additional time was used not only to coordinate teams across the globe, but also to put Vector through more testing and validation than any previous OCZ SSD. It's impossible to guarantee a flawless drive, but doing considerably more testing can't hurt.
Here is a link to the article:
There is a bunch more really good reviews popping up which certainly reinforces some of the Anandtech article. Here is a few:
Originally Posted by MaximumPC
OCZ is claiming this drive is all-around fast, and can not only read and write like the dickens but also boasts extremely high IOPS performance and longevity, as it is backing the drive with an impressive five-year warranty.
In testing the Vector’s performance was extremely impressive, making it one of the fastest SSDs we have ever tested. In our sequential read and write tests using CrystalDiskMark, the Vector sat right around 500MB/s for both read and write speeds, which is top-of-the-charts. In our ATTO 64k compressible data test the Vector basically saturated the SATA interface completely, burying the needle at 522MB/s write speed and 514MB/s read speeds.
In our real word PCMark Vantage test the Vector took top marks with its score of 74k, with the Neutron trailing by a smidgen at 73K and the Samsung 840 Pro back at 56k. All three drives are smokin’ fast, but the OCZ is the fastest we’ve seen yet. Although let’s make it clear: The SATA interface is clearly the impediment at this point to increased performance of SSD performance not plugged directly into a PCIe slot.
There is another great review here: StorageReview.
Originally Posted by StorageReview
This is OCZ though, and if we know anything about the company it's that they like to ensure their high-end SSDs have top-tier performance. The case is no different with the Vector, which brings burst sequential reads and writes of 550MB/s and 530MB/s to the table, along with random read and write IOPS of 100,000 and 95,000 respectively. OCZ calls this scale of performance the "fastest sustained computing experience there is;" a point that may be hard to argue in many cases as we dive into this review
I am pleased to see the amount of attention given to the reliability concerns, it looks like a solid effort on OCZ part to clean up a mostly deserved bad reputation for reliability
Originally Posted by StorageReview
The reliability message is one that OCZ hammers home with the Vector. In fact they're quick to point out that the Vector is the most extensively tested consumer SSD they've ever released and the Barefoot 3 controller has been through a very long validation cycle. Early versions of Vector were also distributed to beta users, of which StorageReview was a member. Before each Vector ships, it undergoes a burn-in procedure to flush any issues prior to shipment, leading to fewer returns and DOA issues. OCZ is also making a change to their firmware protocol, which they can now that they aren't beholden to an external controller company. Firmware updates will undergo a longer validation cycle and will likely be much less frequent than what has been the case historically with SandForce-based SSDs.
Here is a couple more reviews:
The OCZ Vector was a beast in the 4K-64 thread test with a throughput of 368.2MB/s, making it 35% faster than the Samsung SSD 840 Pro and 51% faster than the Vertex 4.
The benchmarks appear quite impressive on this little beast. The advantage over older controllers and SSD's appears pretty obvious in some benchmarks from Anandtech:
I've had my eye on the Samsung 840Pro and I have been looking for an upgrade to a 256GB SSD. To say I am not interested in this new SSD would be a lie. I think it's going to come down to this new VECTOR and the Samsung840 are the new Kings of the SSDs. It's amazing to me how much products can change and improve so quickly. It seemed like SSD was here to stay for a while this time last year, and that performance would remain unchanged for a significant period. Those best selling SSD's from 12 months ago based on Sandforce and Marvel controllers like the Vertex3 and the CrucialM4 just seem old and slow already. And, it's interesting to see how both Samsung and OCZ have differentiated themselves from the other SSD's with proprietary SSD controllers that set them apart in relative performance from the majority of other SSD's based on Marvel/Sandforce. I guess it pays to own your own controller company, and make your own controllers as both Samsung and OCZ are demonstrating.
<---- in before someone bashes OCZ