OCZ Vector 180 480GB SSD Review


Test System & Comparison Drives

This is our new Z97 test bench and we thank ASUS again for their generosity in providing the Z97-A motherboard for us to use for our testing. All tests were performed on a fresh and up-to-date install of Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with no other applications running while using AHCI mode set through the BIOS. Synthetic Benchmarks were run with the OS loaded on a Seagate 600 240GB SSD. In between every test, the test drive was secure erased using an instance of Parted Magic. As such, all results should be indicative of optimal performance with the exception being the PCMark 8 consistency test. Power saving modes, sleep and hibernation are all disabled and all components were set to their default/optimized speeds in the BIOS (1304) and are listed below.

Z97 Test Bench

Legit Reviews Z97 Bench

Intel LGA 1150 Test Platform
Component Brand/Model Live Pricing


Intel Pentium G3258


ASUS Z97-A (BIOS v.1204)


Kingston HyperX KHX16C9B1RK28 8GB

OS Drive

Seagate 600 240GB SSD

Power Supply

Antec Basiq BP550W Plus-EC

Operating System

Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit

Comparison Drives And Other Models We Have Tested Since there are so many SSDs out there now with different controllers, we started a reference table of which controllers are used by each drive to help you compare results. Different controllers definitely perform differently and each has various strengths and weaknesses. Like CPU’s, even identical drives will have variations in performance and part of that variance may be attributable to the NAND flash used. Since the tests of the drives listed have spanned different test benches and represent different interfaces, we have listed the most recent ones for easy reference.

Crucial MX200 1TB Marvell 88SS9189 SATA III
Crucial BX100 1TB Silicon Motion SM2246EN SATA III
Samsung 850 Evo 500GB MGX S4LN062X01 SATA III
G.SKILL Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe SandForce SF-2281 (x4) PCIe
AMD Radeon R7 240GB Indilinx Barefoot 3 M00 SATA III
SanDisk Ultra II 240GB Marvell 88SS9190 SATA III
OCZ ARC 100 240GB Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 SATA III
SanDisk Extreme PRO Marvell 88SS9187 SATA III
Samsung 850 PRO 1TB MEX S4LN045X01 SATA III
Crucial MX100 256GB & 512GB Marvell 88SS9189 SATA III
ADATA Premier Pro SP920 512GB Marvell 88SS9189 SATA III
Intel 730 Series 480GB PC29AS21CA0 SATA III
Crucial M550 512GB Marvell 88SS9189 SATA III
OCZ Vertex 460 240GB Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 SATA III
VisionTek PCIe 240GB SSD SandForce SF-2281 (x2) PCIe
WD Black Dual-Drive 120GB SSD + 1TB HDD JMicron JMF667H SATA III
OCZ Vector 150 240GB Indilinx Barefoot 3 M00 SATA III
Corsair Force LS 240GB Phison PS3108 SATA III
Samsung Evo 500GB MEX S4LN045X01 SATA III
Seagate 600 240GB LAMD LM87800 SATA III
OCZ Vertex 450 256GB Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 SATA III
Crucial M500 480GB Marvell 88SS9187 SATA III
OCZ Vertex 3.20 240GB SandForce SF-2281 SATA III
Samsung 840 Pro 240GB Samsung MDX SATA III
Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB Marvell 88SS9175 SATA III
Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB LAMD LM87800 SATA III
Intel 520 Series 240GB SandForce SF-2281 SATA III
OCZ Vector 256GB Indilinx Barefoot 3 M00 SATA III
Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SandForce SF-2281 SATA III
Samsung 830 Series 256GB Samsung S4LJ204X01-Y040 SATA III

CrystalDiskInfo 6.2.1 Readout:

For the OCZ Vector 180 drive, the readout on CrystalDiskInfo shows that both NCQ and S.M.A.R.T. are enabled, as well as TRIM. This is a great free tool to see lots of detailed information about the drive such as the firmware version for the drives is 1.00. This is the latest available version for our sample drives but updates be available after this is published.

OCZ Vector 180 480GB CrystalDiskInfo

OCZ also has brand new toolbox utility software called SSD Guru which does many of the same things as their old toolbox utility along with new features and a brand new look. It takes on the latest branding to match the latest drives and even features an image of the OCZ drive connected. As far as new functionality, it adds a health check, interface check, email updates, SSD tuner, OS tuner, and quick links to support.


This makes it a much more robust tool and better positioned to compete with the toolbox applications we see from SanDisk, Samsung, and others. It’s available for use on the following drive families:

  • RevoDrive 3 and 350
  • Vector
  • Vertex 4n0
  • Arc
  • Radeon

Let’s have a look at the performance with some synthetic benchmarks followed up by some real world tests.