OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba-owned maker of solid-state drives, has announced its new Vertex 460 family of SSDs designed for performance-demanding users. The new drives are promise to combine relatively low price with high performance, reliability and amount of storage space.
OCZ Vertex 460 uses the company’s proprietary Barefoot 3 (BF3) M10 controller with Toshiba 19nm MLC NAND flash memory. The SSDs are available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities and feature Serial ATA-6Gb/s interface. Vertex 460 offers up to 545MB/s sequential reads, 525MB/s sequential writes, 95000 4K random read IOPS, and up to 90000 4K random write IOPS, while featuring sustained 4K random write performance up to 23000 IOPS.
OCZ Vertex 460 SSDs are rated to deliver 20GB of host writes per day for a 3-year warranty, and feature an advanced suite of flash management tools that analyze and dynamically adapt to increasing NAND vulnerabilities as flash cells wear, heightening data integrity and drive life over the long term.
The latest performance-mainstream SSDs from OCZ feature special firmware that ensures high performance over long periods of usage as well as guarantee faster mixed read and write operations, which greatly boost performance in case of multitasking. Since the Vertex 460 are not significantly faster than the predecessors, firmware tweaks are important advantages (and selling points).
OCZ’s BF3 M10 controller is a derivative of the original that features AES-256 encryption and a power-optimized clock targeted at the mainstream market that does not compromise performance. The Vertex 460 drives come in 2.5”/7mm form-factor and can be installed into ultra-thin notebooks.
Recommended price for the 120GB version is $99.99, the 240GB model’s MSRP is $189.99 and the 480GB SSD is priced at $359.99.