OCZ Vertex 450 SSD (256GB) Launch Review
OCZ were one of the early SSD Pioneers, bringing devices to consumers which helped drive the solid state storage market forward in the early days. Since then they have created a number of drives which have been class leading at launch with the Vector series being their most recent high end device.
Before Vector was OCZ’s high end model it was Vertex that led the way, starting in 2009 with the original model and most recently we saw the release of Vertex 4 (although it was followed by a Vertex 3 refresh too). Throughout the Vertex evolution OCZ used controllers which were best suited for their target markets and this saw the use of Marvel, Sandforce and Indilinx parts (before Indilinx became part of OCZ).
Now OCZ are bringing to market a new Vertex drive using more than a little tech from their Vector series of enthusiast SSDs. Today the Vertex 450 launches and we have the 256GB model in our test system to see where it fits into the current market.
Packaging and Bundle
There are no surprised when first unboxing the Vertex 450, the box design here is a variation on a theme we have seen from OCZ for a while. A nice big image of the drive is shown along with key specifications and inside the drive is suspended in foam and wrapped in an antistatic bag. Bundled with the SSD we get a case sticker, screws, bracket to convert the drive for use in a 3.5" bay and a short installation manual. Consumers will also get a copy of Acronis Trueimage to assist them in moving an existing operating system from their current drive to the Vertex 450.
OCZ also make their Toolbox software available for free and it allows us to monitor and maintain the SSD. We can for example completely erase the drive or update the firmware in this tool.