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May 24, 2013

256 GB OCZ Vertex 450 High-End SSD Debuts

High-performance solid-state drives have been making their appearance a lot lately, as hard disk drives keep losing steam. Items like the Vertex 450 are becoming less and less off-putting.

The Vertex 450 is the latest addition to OCZ's Vertex 4 series, and is made of multi-level cell NAND Flash memory chips (MLC) built on the 20nm manufacturing process technology.

More important, though some may disagree, is the Barefoot 3 M10 Series controller, by Indilinx, which allows the SSD to work at the speeds it does.

Armed with the SATA III 6 Gbps interface, the SSDs use the chip to read data at up to 540 MB/s and write it at 530 MB/s.

The random 4K write performance is good to, of 90,000 IOPS, which is at the same level as true Vertex 4 drives.

Then, there is the AES-256 encryption and the power-optimized clock. These things are assets that the predecessor of the BF3 M10 lacked.

"As one of the industry's most highly awarded SSD Series to date, the Vertex name has become synonymous with the latest and greatest in flash-based storage providing an exceptional balance of performance and cost efficiency," said Daryl Lang, senior vice president of product management for OCZ Technology.

"The Vertex 450 marks the first time this popular OCZ series utilizes in-house ASIC technology delivering an even greater level of speed, reliability and value for our customers."

OCZ's Vertex 450 SSD uses the 2.5-inch form factor, but is only 7 mm thick, not 9 mm as such drives usually are. True, there is an even thinner form, of 5 mm, but that's neither here nor there.

Eventually, OCZ will release a 128 GB and a 512 GB SSD. Like this first one (which has 256 GB for whoever is wondering), it will sell with a 3-year warranty. 3.5-inch adapter brackets are included in the box, plus the Acronis True Image cloning software with Windows 8 support.