OCZ Vector 180 480GB SSD Review


CrystalDiskMark & Anvil IOPS

CrystalDiskMark is a small benchmark utility for drives and enables rapid measurement of sequential and random read/write speeds. Note that CDM only supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ) with a queue depth of 32 (as noted) for the last listed benchmark score. This can skew some results in favor of controllers that also do not support NCQ.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 x64 – Intel Z97 Platform

OCZ Vector 180 480GB CrystalDiskMark

Benchmark Results: The results here are interesting as the Vector 180 puts up some pretty nice numbers but a fair bit off of where the Vector 150 was when we tested it.

CystalDiskMark Grid

There’s a relatively new benchmark called Anvil Storage Utilities that is in beta but close to production. It’s a very powerful tool that measures performance through a variety of tests which can be customized. Since some of the tests more or less duplicate what we get from other benchmarks we use already, we decided to use the IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) testing on 4kb file sizes at a queue depth of 32. IOPS performance is something SSD makers tout quite a bit but we generally don’t do a lot of IOPS testing because frankly a lot of users can’t relate to IOPS metrics as well and it tends to be more meaningful to the enterprise/server crowd. Still, it is another performance indicator with relevance and while some drives post good MB/s numbers, their IOPS scores aren’t always commensurate which this test will prove out.

OCZ Vector 180 480GB IOPS Reads OCZ Vector 180 480GB IOPS Writes

Benchmark Results: The IOPS performance that we see is a little lower than the rated specs but pretty close to what we saw with the Vector 150. Overall, it’s hanging right in there with all of the other drives.

Anvil IOPS Chart
Anvil IOPS Chart