Average Bench: 92.8% (179th of 959)

Based on 1,149 user benchmarks.  Models: OCZ-VECTOR, OCZ-VECT OR, OCZ VECT OR, OCZ-VECT OCZ-VECTOR

This is the first solid state drive to feature OCZ's in-house Indilinx Barefoot 3 (IDX500M00-BC) controller and what a debut it proved to be. OCZ still use third party memory (Intel Micron Synchronous 25nm MLC) so unlike the Samsung 840 Pro the Vector is not built 100% in house. There have been several SSDs released recently, each slightly besting the other in some small corner of benchmark space. First the Corsiar Neutron GTX, then the Samsung 840 Pro and now the Vector which currently holds the crown for sequential write and 4K write. In terms of overall performance the Vector achieved a real world speed of 578.8 MB/s and an AS-SSD score of 1243 both are spectacular results that firmly place the vector amongst the top two or three performance SSD's currently available. In terms of raw performance the only alternative is the Samsung 840 Pro[Jun '13 SSDrivePro]


Excellent average bench

The OCZ Vector 256GB averaged just 7.2% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the OCZ Vector 256GB near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 87MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 96.3MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the OCZ Vector 256GB is 50.9%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the OCZ Vector 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 229MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 382MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 1,149 samples)
Min Avg Max
367 Read 485 522
253 Write 451 503
282 Mixed 446 507
185 SusWrite 382 479
99.3% 441 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.9 4K Read 23.1 28.4
40.6 4K Write 87 130
14.3 4K Mixed 28.8 41
118% 46.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.5 DQ Read 229 379
67 DQ Write 238 352
14.2 DQ Mixed 96.3 288
110% 188 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
91GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 462 458 458 485 461 476 MB/s
Read 496
Write 488
Mixed 337
SusWrite 467
101% 447 MB/s
4K Read 28.1
4K Write 127
4K Mixed 41.5
163% 65.4 MB/s
DQ Read 379
DQ Write 348
DQ Mixed 293
239% 340 MB/s
87GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 319 323 311 279 286 258 MB/s
Read 465
Write 391
Mixed 240
SusWrite 296
78% 348 MB/s
4K Read 31
4K Write 125
4K Mixed 38.2
162% 64.8 MB/s
DQ Read 378
DQ Write 310
DQ Mixed 224
200% 304 MB/s
177GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 441 440 447 423 445 435 MB/s
Read 448
Write 416
Mixed 316
SusWrite 439
91% 405 MB/s
4K Read 21.5
4K Write 61.4
4K Mixed 30.6
104% 37.8 MB/s
DQ Read 378
DQ Write 349
DQ Mixed 288
237% 338 MB/s
186GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 446 423 446 424 444 423 MB/s
Read 479
Write 460
Mixed 322
SusWrite 434
95% 424 MB/s
4K Read 17.6
4K Write 65
4K Mixed 27.2
96% 36.6 MB/s
DQ Read 368
DQ Write 354
DQ Mixed 290
237% 337 MB/s
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Typical Vector 256GB Builds (Compare 8,410 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 55%
Desktop 53%
Workstation 43%
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Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 - $190

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $718

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Controller: Indilinx Barefoot 3 IDX500M00-BC. Flash Memory: IMFT Synchronous 25nm MLC


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3 years ago.

It has served me over a month, still superior in performance. I couldn't imagine a better SSD.

Very good

5 years ago.

It's only been eight months since the release of the OCZ Vertex 4 which is indicative of how quickly the SSD market is moving. There is next to nothing separating the top SSD's nowadays, and the most sensible choice for most users is no doubt to stick to one of the older generation drives which are now available at good discounts. For the vast majority of use cases something like the Samsung 830 will perform almost as well as the latest and greatest but if you want the best of the best...

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