With the Vector 180 OCZ brings with Toshiba’s new and cost effective A19nm NAND and the new Power Failure Management Plus feature. It is about time that we see some sort of power failure protection on a client solid state drive. While it is not 100% power failure protection as it only protects data-at-rest not data that sits in the DRAM buffer, it still gives you that extra layer of protection if there is power loss, and ease of mind.
Talking about ease of mind this drive also comes with OCZ’s ShieldPlus 5-year warranty. This means with no proof of purchase OCZ will ship you a new drive up front and cover the shipping on it as well. Of course this is only available to US and EU customers currently. But it is one of the best warranty programs out there when it comes to solid state drives.
When it comes to performance the Barefoot 3 controller really has not changed that much. Comparing this drive to some of the newer drives we have tested lately it sits right in the middle of the pack, which is nothing to complain about.
I guess if I were to nitpick anything about this drive is that it does not support DevSleep or lower power states like newer drives do. This means the power consumption of the drive is quite high. Not something we can recommend if you were going to use this drive in a laptop.
Right now the 480GB version of the drive is selling at my favorite online retailer for $259.99, which puts it at $0.54 per GB. OCZ offers it in capacities ranging from 120GB all the way up to 960GB. Overall ThinkComputers gives the OCZ Vector 180 480GB Solid State Drive a 9 out of 10 score.
– Good performance
– Power Failure Management Plus feature
– ShieldPlus 5-year warranty
– Looks great
– Does not support DevSleep or low power states, so higher power consumption