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OCZ Vertex 460A VTX460A-25SAT3-240G 2.5
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Warranty program
Performance
Price

I have never written a review for a product I do not (yet) own, but I do own the OCZ 240 GB Vertex 460 (this review is for the newer version, the 460-A). And the "A" version makes some additions worth noting.

The reason for the "A" suffix is that the newer version incorporates Toshiba's latest generation A-19mm MLC flash. The performance specs are the same as the earlier 460 version (so I would expect the benchmarks to be the same) but the manufacturing process has been made more efficient.

The 460-A also includes OCZ's famous Barefoot 3 M10 controller that, when the flash is in a dirty/used state, sustains higher Write speeds for a longer period of time than much of their more expensive competition.

A new and great addition is the 460-A's new ShieldPlus Warranty.

The warranty on the Vertex series is three years and during that time, should you experience an issue that cannot be resolved by OCZ via phone/email, OCZ will replace the drive with a BRAND NEW one -- for the entire length of the warranty period. That's right, if your SSD happens to fail (say) two years and eleven months after purchase, OCZ will exchange it for a brand new one (NOT a refurbished one).

In addition to that, they will send you an advance replacement (instead of waiting until they receive the defective drive back) and will also include a a prepaid return label so you can return the problem drive at no cost to you.

If you have misplaced your receipt, no problem. OCZ will check the serial number to determine if the drive is within the warranty period.

I just thought I would pass this along for those who may not have noticed the new "A" designation.


For earlier products/versions, like the Vertex 460 (non "A") that do not carry the ShieldPlus Warranty, OCZ will replace any defective drive with a new one for the first six months. However, even after that they will not send you replacement/recertified drive that has more Writes on it that the one you sent in for exchange. And any SSD that has more than 20% of its NAND P/E cycles used up, is NOT recertified for use as a replacement.


As far as I can tell, this is the most comprehensive warranty in the industry.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Recently Newegg ran this drive on sale for $109.99 and at that price it is a spectacular bargain. Currently, the Vertex 240 GB 460-A is priced at $130.99, or about $51.00 lower than top-tier SSDs by other manufacturers. Some have longer warranties. But if you are on a budget, you can get top-tier performance in some areas (sustained Write speeds), and very near top-tier performance in other areas, for significantly less money. In real-world use, I couldn't observe any difference in performance between the (earlier) 240 GB Vertex 460 and the Samsung 256 GB 840 Pro (even with RAPID enabled).

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OCZ Vector 150 Series VTR150-25SAT3-120G 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent performance for a 120 GB drive
Exceptionally well constructed enclosure
Five year warranty
Endurance rated for daily Writes of 50 GBs for five years
Got it on Black Friday sale for $54.99

I have purchased several OCZ SSDs (both Vertex 460 and Vector 150 series) since Toshiba purchased the company and have found them to be reliable and excellent performers; and the 120 GB Vector 150 drive is no exception.

All Solid State drives in this capacity (120-128 GB) suffer to some degree from Write latency (slower Write speeds) when compared to the 240-256 GB and up capacities. But some perform better than others.

Using ATTO benchmarking software, I compared the OCZ 120 GB Vector 150 with a Samsung 840 Pro 128 GB drive in the area of Sequential Read and Write speeds.

The Samsung measured a Sequential Write speed of 391.953, and a Sequential Read speed of 546.845.

Using the same test, the OCZ 120 GB Vector 150 measured a Sequential Write speed of 446.227 and a Sequential Read speed of 556.663. Both drives were empty.

So at least in this test, the OCZ out performed the Samsung by a significant margin on Sequential Write, and by a small margin on Sequential Read. Is the difference noticeable? -- probably not. Nevertheless, the OCZ Vector 150 did outperform the Samsung 840 Pro in the Sequential Read/Write area.

Additionally, for laptop users, the OCZ features slightly less power consumption. In the 120-128 GB capacity, were they about the same price, I would prefer the OCZ Vector 150 to the Samsung 840 Pro (and I own several Samsung 840 Pros in various capacities).

But now that Samsung is delivering their new 850 Pro series, it is only fair to point out that their 128 GB model has considerably improved Sequential Read and Write performance -- 472.038 Write and 561.841 read (again using ATTO).

So while the OCZ 120 GB Vector 150 somewhat out performs the older Samsung 840 Pro series in this capacity, the newer Samsung 850 Pro series slightly outperforms the OCZ. Is the performance difference between these two discernible, again, probably not.

At the moment, in the 120-128 GB capacity range, the Samsung 850 Pro is the fastest consumer SSD on the market. Add to that a 10 year warranty and one of the highest Write endurance ratings in the industry (if not THE highest @ 150 TBs), nearly all other SSDs have to be purchased at a substantially lower price to make them preferable.

(Based on the five year warranty at advertised Writes of 50 GB/day, the Write endurance of the OCZ Vector 150 would figure to be somewhere in the range of 89-91 TBs -- depending on whether you figure 1 TB at 1024 GBs, or at 1000 GBs).

Cons: Lower Write endurance than the Samsung 850 Pro, and a 5 year warranty vs. 10 years for the 850 Pro.

Other Thoughts: At the time of this review, Newegg is advertising the 120 GB OCZ Vector 150 at $96.99 and the Samsung 128 GB 850 Pro at $104.99. For only $8.00 difference I would buy the Samsung. But, as previously stated, I bought the OCZ during Newegg's Black Friday sale for only $54.99 and that made it a considerably better overall value (especially since I personally will never Write 150 TBs to any SSD nor keep a particular/individual SSD -- or computer, for that matter -- for anywhere near ten years.)

Included is a 2.5" to 3.5" desktop adapter, mounting screws, and a Key number for downloading Acronis cloning software. A SATA to USB 3.0 transfer cable is not included. Packaging is attractive.

Highly recommend when on sale.

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Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I would just like to give a positive shout-out to Seagate.

After benchmarking their Barracuda 1 TB drive, I found it significantly faster (in some cases ~ 40%) than many other 3.5" drives. So I began using them for storage drives (with SSDs for OS drives) and have perhaps eight of them in various computers. This particular drive also gets very good reviews from Newegg customers.

Recently, CrystalDiscInfo reported a "Caution" on one of the drives: "Uncorrectable Sector Count 8." So I ran (Seagate's) Sea Tools and it failed to repair the problem (I WAS able to copy all of my files to another drive). I then went to Seagate's Website and began the MRA procedure; it was fairly easy. They even have a little app. that can be downloaded to get the exact model and serial number of the drive. It also tells you if the drive is within the warranty period, or not (mine was).

One of the options was to simply return the defective drive along with the MRA number and Seagate would send a replacement (I would be responsible for the freight). I estimated that would take perhaps two weeks. Another alternative, however, was to pay $9.95 and Seagate would immediately send me a replacement via 2nd. day air and would also include a prepaid freight label to return the defective drive. That option automatically supplied me with the correct box and packing in which to return the defective drive. The $9.95 deal was a no-brainer.

The very next day I received an email from Seagate telling me that the replacement drive had been shipped. Two days later the replacement was delivered by UPS.

A high-five to Seagate for great customer service. This is the first of their drives with which I have experienced a problem and the whole MRA/exchange process was completely painless and could not have been easier.

I will definitely continue to use Seagate drives and recommend them to friends.

(PS. Seagate also replaced my defective drive with a newer version/revision of the same model number.)

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: See Pros

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Date Joined: 11/26/12

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