Friday, January 11th 2013

OCZ Vector PCIe Pictured Up Close, Tested

A PCI-Express variant of OCZ's Vector SSD is exhibited at CES. Pictures reveal it to be a compound SSD, that uses two subunits of the Vector 256 GB, striped into RAID 0, and connected to a SATA 6 Gb/s RAID controller that talks to the rest of the system over PCI-Express 2.0 x4. Each of the two Vector SSD subunits on Vector PCIe features an OCZ-Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller, sixteen 25 nm Intel-made MLC NAND flash chips, and 512 MB of DDR3 DRAM cache.

OCZ ran benchmarks of the drive, which reveal performance upscaling over the 2.5-inch SATA Vector SSD that's expected of a RAID 0 setup. Sequential speeds were as high as 926.2 MB/s reads, with 881 MB/s writes, a respectable 563 MB/s 4K-QD64 reads, with 501 MB/s 4K-QD64 writes. Overall, the Vector PCIe is a suitable successor to the company's 2-subunit RevoDrive, and is aimed more at consumers, but could help businesses just as well, thanks to the good multi-threaded performance of the Barefoot 3 platform.
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12 Comments on OCZ Vector PCIe Pictured Up Close, Tested

#4
TheGuruStud
Yeah.... My two el cheapo kingston 3Ks are better than this.
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#5
LAN_deRf_HA
I'd rather raid some new crucial M500s 960 gbs. More performance, more storage, less money, no wasted pci-e slot. I don't why OCZ keeps wasting their time on these fail products.
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#7
NinkobEi
What we really need is a PCI-E 3.0 x16 Solid state hard drive. Something that can use the full bandwidth of 3.0!
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#8
Jizzler
Nice, and a good size too. Before getting a 128GB M4, I had two 250GB mech drives in RAID-0 for OS/apps (~400GB of 500GB used). Love the M4's speed, but miss having more room.
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#9
Prima.Vera
Same question. Can you boot Windows from it? Also does it have TRIM support?
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#10
boogerlad
It's a raid on a stick card, so it should be bootable like it's predecessors.
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#11
Prima.Vera
by: boogerlad
It's a raid on a stick card, so it should be bootable like it's predecessors.
Yeah, but predecessor have A LOT of problems. They didn't boot on all mobos, or give bsod after installing Windows, and so on...
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#12
AsRock
TPU addict
by: Prima.Vera
Yeah, but predecessor have A LOT of problems. They didn't boot on all mobos, or give bsod after installing Windows, and so on...
well that was on there 2.5 SSD's too lol.
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