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Pros: Linux Support
Solid Good Looking 7mm SSD
Fast Speeds As Advertised
Rebate Received Quickly
Cons: It didn't come from the future when we will look back on these products as slow junk!
Other Thoughts: I wrote another review before I received my drive with information about the NAND and controller speed and other technical info.
Now that I have the SSD installed it's great with speeds just like Bruce C reports which is between 500 and 550 MBs read and write depending which benchmark you use.
And like Eric O reports the speed doesn't drop to 100 MBs like an EVO with large files. The OCZ remains above 400 MBs even if the file is 10+ TB's in size!
See both of those reviews, they're not lengthy and give you solid numbers and information.
My boot time is 12 seconds flat in Mageia Linux 4. Do this in a terminal:
>systemd-analyze plot > boot.svg
It analyzes your boot time for each process and gives you a graph allowing you to see which ones take the longest so that you may improve them or remove them totally if it is something you don't use.
Mine was taking 27 seconds to try and connect to wifi. Since I'm wired I disabled connect wifi at boot cutting my boot time considerably! Had I been using wifi it would've been able to connect and I'd have about an 18-20 second boot time. You can click icons etc in less than 15 seconds but just don't have internet until it connects when using wifi.
ArchWiki has very good information on benchmarking and testing SSD's.
This drive is everything OCZ says it is and the Vector 150 is a few percent faster with a 5 year warranty but cost more. You'll never notice the difference without benchmarking it, you're paying for the extra warranty with a little speed increase for incentive and bragging rights.
Where the Vertex 460 shines is moving large files. I know the EVO is all the rage but it uses trickery, a little magic to reach the speeds it does and most reviews don't show you the numbers when moving a TB or two of data.
I'm not trying to knock the EVO but I never did like that about it or the TLC flash it uses. The Toshiba MLC NAND in the 460 is much better hands down, it's just a fact.
You will get your rebate! I received my rebate faster than they say but that don't mean you will. They say 8 weeks or whatever to give them plenty of time and during a heavy work load it may not be as fast as mine, but you'll get it if you follow the instructions.
Be aware that when it says 3 rebates per household to mail them in separate envelopes! Read the terms and conditions carefully!
I took the rebate card, popped it in a gas pump, done!
The OCZ Vertex 460 represents a great value in terms of quality, performance and price. Throw in Linux support and you have a clear cutting edge leader!
When word gets around the OCZ line will be what Linux users buy!
I did not install Windows on it but plenty of others have without problems.
This review is from: PNY XLR8 PRO SSD9SC240GCDA-RB 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: The PNY XLR8 Pro 240GB has turned out to be much better than my 120GB HyperX 3k's but we all know the smaller drives just don't perform as well. It is in my SATA II laptop but I did benckmark it in my desktop.
Seq: 505.3 514.7
512k: 464.1 503.2
4k : 31.16 72.11
QD32: 205.8 362.0
This was on an I5-3570K AT 4.3 GHz
It's a pretty good Sandforce based SSD.
Be sure to register at PNY for 2 additional years warranty!!!!!
TOTAL 5 YEAR WARRANTY!!!!
I also bought an OCZ Vertex 460 240GB that has not arrived yet. Look for a short report on it. I didn't do a lot of tests beyond basic performance to make sure it was not defective.
Cons: None yet.
Other Thoughts: Only time will tell about durability but it is well built and feels solid.
Not as flashy as some others but still looks very nice.
Go to the PNY EU site to get FW 5.04, 5.05 and 5.07.
Mine had 5.42 I think and I updated it to FW 5.60 from the US site which did improve it.
You can't down grade it but you never know what might come about in the future so I downloaded the other FW just to have.
Pros: Before making this purchase I read every review I could find. The Linux support is fantastic, I didn't see anyone mention that. I see a couple of people ran over here to bash OCZ so I thought someone should post some facts.
True, OCZ had many problems in the past but from what I read they done a very good job trying to cover all of the RMA's to the point of bankruptcy, how can you knock that? Recently, Toshiba, who are old pros, bought OCZ so now OCZ SSD's contain Toshiba NAND.
Keep in mind over 50% of people know little about a real computer and buy based on hype rather than research and facts. Also only unsatisfied people complain so those who bought a 460 who are happy are enjoying their drive and not being counted here.
The fact is this SSD beats any Sandforce based SSD in Sequential Write Speed, Sequential Mixed I/O and 4K Random Mixed I/O by as much as 60% and only gets beat in "some tests" by top end SSD's costing much more. The 460 has the same NAND and controller as the Vector 150 but the controller is clocked at 352MHz and in the Vector 150 it runs at 397MHz.
Now consider an SSD writing 500MB/s would write 1GB per 2 seconds, or take 2000 seconds (33.3 minutes) to write 1TB. If the 460 gets beat by 100MB/s it would only take 1.65 additional minutes to write the same 1TB of data.
The Vector 460 is very fast at mixed I/O & writes compressible data and incompressible data at about 500MB/s. Sandforce SSD's fall flat when they encounter incompressible data and don't do so well with mixed I/O either.
Any SSD above 400MB/s is going to be good enough. Any SSD that can sustain that write speed with different types of data is going to be very good. Most system files required to boot and run the OS are not going to be extremely large.
SSD benchmarks are done when a drive is new and over time they will not produce the same speeds. For the most part getting all twisted up in the numbers just wastes a lot of your time.
Considering Toshiba is now backing OCZ I believe they now have a winning team. Just look what OCZ done on their own as far as high performance SSD's.
I'm guessing since the 460 uses the same NAND as the Vector 150 you're going to see some very good SSD life, though I'm sure the 150's NAND is hand picked top tier stuff. No manufacturer wants to chance a product dying in 2.9 years and having to deal with it.
Most products fail in a short time if they're going to and you'd have to be in that 50% group I talked about to dump important data on a new SSD without having a back up.
Your first backup should be some other media and your warranty is your second backup plan. External drives are cheap, get one. Copy your files to it and shut it off. If your data is so important then move on to higher priced SSD's and get some backup data protection going on.
If you're looking for a really fast SSD at a good price and will buy a 1TB when they become affordable then buy this, backup your data and register your warr
Cons: I don't call a 3 year warranty a con but some do as some other SSD's have a 5 year warranty and a higher price. I call a 3 year warranty a pro because no manufacturer want to deal with a dead product after 2.9 years so they must believe they're safe and I'll take their word for it.
Most products die quickly if they're going to so 3 years is plenty!
Other Thoughts: I built my computer which is an i5-3570K running 4.3 GHz in 2012. I bought two Hyperx 3k 120GB SSD's for the OS's which are Win7 and Mageia 4 Linux.
I paid $60 each for those SSD's so I've gotten my monies worth already and they're still going strong. The Win7 one must still be new because I've only booted it about 20-30 times.
If you're looking for the fastest drive out there this isn't it but it is pretty close. Toshiba sells a Q Series Pro SSD that is very good also, better than this from what I can tell by reading.
This is a relativity new SSD so I expect firmware updates to improve it some, maybe not. I had a hard time justifying buying it because the HyperX's are doing so good and not full. Linux doesn't hog up drive space like Windows so I have plenty left with all the software I need installed, lots of it.
Anyway, this drive is considerably faster and will get me by until prices drop enough to get a fairly large one. I also bought a PNY XLR8 Pro 240GB for my laptop that hasn't arrived yet because it was at this price or I would've bought two of these.
The laptop is SATA II so the PNY will be fine for it. My best suggestion is do like I did, study and make a decision. I think OCZ is on a new path and everything will be fine. I didn't buy an OCZ in 2012 because of the problems so this is a leap of faith for me too.
The market needs competition and the Barefoot 3 M10 controller is doing a fine job providing it. You'll notice I listed Linux support as the first pro and I commend OCZ for providing that.
AMD hasn't provided good competition in the CPU market for quite some time which is why my i5 still costs what I paid for it is 2012 but the SSD's are half of what they were then.
I sold my Phenom II 965 after running AMD for 20 years because there was no where to go. Without OCZ and some of the others you'd be paying $300 for a 240GB SSD to the big boys.
I also bought a Brother Laser Printer instead of a Canon even though it cost a bit more because of the Linux support. I hope people like me post more and let the manufactures know.
Kingston provides a Linux flash utility too for the HyperX SSD and there you go! I didn't know about OCZ's Linux support or I wouldn't have bought the PNY, but it'll be ok because OCZ is going to be around for awhile so I'll be a repeat customer.
I'm brand loyal. I used Seagate HDD's until my third one died and I was tired of getting refurbished ones when I bought a new one in the first place.
My wife and I both have Toshiba laptops and I'm running Toshiba 2TB HDD's in my desktop. I'm very happy with my Toshiba products and I think I'll be happy with my OCZ/Toshiba SSD.
I have a Seagate HDD still running but I don't trust data to it and when it dies that's it. I'm moving it to my DVR as anything lost there doesn't matter.
The 5 star rating is based on reviews. If you read them you'll see why. I'll update after I receive it. I'm also a loyal Newegg customer and I think I boug