Having become a Toshiba subsidiary, OCZ is no longer under the threat of bankruptcy and retains its R&D potential. One of the first SSD makers, OCZ has got its own Indilinx Barefoot 3 platform which is still going to be used in consumer-class SSDs, now with Toshiba's flash memory. However, the platform itself isn't cutting-edge anymore, so the two recently released drives, the Vector 150 and Vertex 460, can only compete in the middle price segment. OCZ just can't offer more progressive solutions right now.
The transition of the Vector and Vertex series to Toshiba's 19nm MLC NAND flash has had a different effect on them. The Vector 150 is slower than the original Vector whereas the Vertex 460 is a little faster than the Vertex 450. As a result, the Vector 150 and Vertex 460 deliver very similar performance.
Thus, the Vector 150 and Vertex 460 are similar products that might be considered mainstream but both have certain downsides. The Vector 150 is priced too high as OCZ promotes it as a top-class product. Delivering nearly the same speed, the Vertex 460 seems more attractive for price-conscious users, but comes with a 3-year warranty and a specified endurance of only 21.9 terabytes of written data.
We wouldn’t say that the Vector 150 and the Vertex 460 are bad SSDs, though. They feature a time-tested platform, high performance at writing and mixed loads, good accessories, aggressive garbage collection technology, etc. But OCZ should reconsider their positioning and adjust their prices or warranty conditions to make them truly attractive across all of their parameters. Hopefully, OCZ will be able to do that under Toshiba’s guidance, especially as the free access to Toshiba’s flash memory might help OCZ make truly best-selling mainstream SSDs.
To help you with your choice, we offer the following summary table with test results of various SSDs. It contains basic hardware information about SSDs we’ve tested so far and allows to quickly determine the general position of a particular model among its competitors in terms of relative performance.