OCZ Reveals Vertex 450 Solid-State Drives: High-End Performance at Mainstream Prices

OCZ Introduces New SSDs Based on Indilinx Barefoot 3 Controller

by Anton Shilov
05/23/2013 | 06:51 PM



OCZ Technology Groupa leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs), on Thursday unveiled its new Vertex 450-series SSDs that are based on the company's proprietary Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 Series controller. The new storage devices will deliver performance, reliability and quality on par with Vector-series drives, but will be more affordable for the end-user.

OCZ Vertex 4 SSDs are based on multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory produced using 20nm process technology, OCZ Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 controller as well as new firmware. The Vertex 450 provides bandwidth of up to 540MB/s read, 530MB/s write, and 4K random write performance of up to 90 000 IOPS, which is on-par with Vertex 4, but is slightly lower compared to performance specifications of high-end Vector SSDs.

With its powerful and feature-rich Barefoot 3 M10 Series controller, the Vertex 450 is fine-tuned to deliver high speed sequential transfers and consistent sustained performance over time, regardless if the data file formats are compressed or uncompressed for faster file transfers, boot-ups, and a more responsive storage experience. The BF3 M10 controller is a derivative of the original product which adds AES-256 encryption and a power-optimized clock. This gives OCZ the ability to offer a power/cost optimized solution targeted for the mainstream market. With a priority on reliability and flash-optimized endurance, the Vertex 450 also features an advanced suite of flash management tools that analyze and dynamically adapt to increasing NAND vulnerabilities as flash cells wear, heightening data integrity over the long term.

Thanks to 20nm MLC NAND flash memory, the Vector 450 SSDs will be less expensive to produce compared to Vertex 4-series and Vector-series, therefore it is logical to expect pricing of the new solid-state drives to be very competitive against the rivals.

"As one of the industry's most highly awarded SSD Series to date, the Vertex name has become synonymous with the latest and greatest in flash-based storage providing an exceptional balance of performance and cost efficiency. The Vertex 450 marks the first time this popular OCZ series utilizes in-house ASIC technology delivering an even greater level of speed, reliability and value for our customers," said Daryl Lang, senior vice president of product management for OCZ Technology.

Vertex 450 SSDs feature an ultra-slim 2.5”/7mm alloy housing for compatibility with the latest thin form-factor notebooks, and come bundled with a 3.5” adapter bracket as well as Acronis True Image cloning software with Windows 8 support to easily transfer data from previous-gen storage. The Vertex 450 will be available in 128GB to 512GB capacities and is backed by a 3-year warranty.