OCZ Vector 150 SSD Review – Rattling The 120GB Competition


The system configuration for testing the OCZ Vector 150 SSD  will be Intel-based:

120GB OCZ Vector 150

The benchmark suites used for testing will most likely already be on your system, as essentially all of this software is available online. As such, it allows direct correlation between reader and reviewer due to the ease of accessibility, and hence results can simply be compared between different test systems and configurations.

120GB OCZ Vector 150

Real-world benchmarks included a batch of files and folders, with capacities of 250MB, 500MB, and 1000MB,  to test file transfer performance. Windows 8.1 boot times were also monitored and timed starting from the OS load screen to Steam’s login window (the last program to load).

120GB OCZ Vector 150

For consistency, each test was run three times for the DRAM cache to kick in, utilizing AHCI as the storage mode. The average of all three was taken as the final result. Note that once installed, the total size shows up as roughly 112GB.


CrystalDiskInfo allows monitoring the health of all the physical hard disks, may they be internal, or external. Using their own built-in SMART tools plus any temperature-monitoring tools that may be present in the computer or hard drive, CDI gives accurate health readings of your drives and gives warnings in case of imminent drive malfunction.

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The ATTO Disk Benchmark measures storage performance with various transfer sizes and test lengths for reads and writes. Several options are available to customize performance measurement including queue depth, overlapped I/O and even a comparison mode with the option to run continuously. ATTO is rated to test RAID controllers, storage controllers, host adapters, hard drives and SSD drives.

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CrystalDiskMark is a disk benchmark utility that measures performance for sequential and random reads/writes of various sizes for any storage device. It is useful for comparing the speed of both portable and local storage devices.

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When it comes to solid-state drives, OCZ needs no introduction. The manufacturer has been around long before SSDs first entered the consumer market, and helped push them towards the performance and affordability standards of today. Out of the original bunch of companies, OCZ is one of the very few remaining that still holds a sizeable share in the SSD market. One of the main reasons for that is affordability. As a person who has owned every single Vertex series SSD, not one has failed yet. From the original Vertex to the Vertex 4, all of them are still running in…

Review Overview

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As expected with the Barefoot 3 controller, the OCZ Vector 150 has great performance, however, we found power consumption ratings a bit under the weather.

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