OCZ Vector 180 480GB Solid State Drive Review

OCZ has sent us their latest 2.5-inch solid state drive, the Vector 180. This new drive still uses the aging Barefoot 3 controller, but OCZ has teamed it with the latest Toshiba A19nm MLC NAND. This drive is all about reliability and features OCZ’s implementation of power loss protection, which they are calling Power Failure Management Plus (PFM+). PFM+ is not full power loss protection, but will protect data-at-rest. So PFM+ will protect data that has been already been written to the NAND. This helps protect the mapping table and reduces the risk of ‘bricking’ the drive. The 480GB version of the drive that we are reviewing today has sequential read and write speeds of 550 MB/s and 530 MB/s respectively. OCZ also backs this drive with their new ShieldPlus 5-year warranty. Let’s take a look!

Special thanks to OCZ for providing us with the Vector 180 480GB solid state drive to review.


The Vector 180 comes in OCZ’s typical solid state drive packaging, which is not much larger than the drive itself. On the front there is a photo of the unit and it lets us know the capacity, which is 480GB.

OCZ Vector 180 480GB Solid State Drive

On the back it list the features and specifications of the drive.

OCZ Vector 180 480GB Solid State Drive

Getting everything out we have the Vector 180 solid state drive, 3.5-inch drive adapter, Acronis True Image HD activation key, and an installation guide.

OCZ Vector 180 480GB Solid State Drive

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