We’ve enjoyed OCZ SSDs for more than four years, now, and for good reason – despite occasional setbacks, the company was one of the first to bring solid state drives into the realm of everyday affordability for end users.
Their latest model, the Vertex 450 series, sits comfortably in between their high-end SSDs and more mainstream product offerings. It replaces the outgoing Vertex 4 model with a drive built on a smaller manufacturing process (20nm compared to 25nm) which means that you can expect a little more for a little less – more performance, less power draw, etc.
As the pictures show, inside of the Vertex 450 is an Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 Series controller, as well as some of OCZ’s in-house tech. Paired with high-speed flash storage, you can expect up to 540MBps and 530MBps sequential read and write speeds, respectively, as well as up to 90,000 IOPS in 4k random write tests. In other words, it’s a speedy drive. The M10 version of the controller adds AES-256 encryption capabilities and a power-optimized clock.
Measuring just 7mm high, this 2.5-inch SSD will fit into most mainstream and thin notebooks; it also comes with a 3.5-inch drive bracket for use in just about any desktop you can find (it’s our #1 most recommended upgrade). OCZ also includes a copy of Acronis’ True Image cloning app so that you can hook up this SSD, clone your current drive over, and be up and running without having to reinstall anything.
OCZ plans to ship Vertex 450 in capacities ranging from 128GB to 512GB, though no ship date or pricing has been set (we’ve reached out to OCZ for clarification).