OCZ Vector 180 Solid State Drive Overview
OCZ keeps the designs of their solid state drives pretty much the same. So with the Vector 180 you have a silver metal casing with a large sticker that covers the entire top of the drive. The sticker has the same design as the one we saw on the ARC 100, but it is black not blue. I really like the full sticker, it makes me want to display the drive.
One the back of the drive you have all of your part numbers and serial numbers. We have blurred them for obvious reasons. There are also four mounting holes on the bottom of the drive.
On the end of the drive you of course have your SATA power and data connections.
The drive is a 7mm drive so you shouldn’t have an issue getting it installed in smaller laptops and systems. Interesting there was not a 9.5mm to 7mm adapter included. There are two mounting holes on each side of the drive.
Since the top sticker actually covers up the screws to get into the drive we have decided to not open it up. Inside you will find the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller. There are actually two different versions of this controller, this is the M00 version which is faster than the M10 that was used in the ARC 100. It runs at 397 MHz compared to the 352 MHz of the M10. The NAND chips are also Toshiba’s A19nm MLC.
Also inside the drive you will find components that make up the Power Failure Management Plus feature. Remember PFM+ will protect data that is at rest, but data that is still in flight that sits in the DRAM buffer will not be protected.