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Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB Solid State Drive Review

Toshiba VX500 Solid State Drive Overview
The OCZ VX500 is your typical 2.5-inch solid state drive. It lacks the aggressive looks of many enthusiast solid state drives, especially since the screws are on the top of the drive. But it has a silver metal casing with a sticker in the center that lets us know it is in fact the OCZ VX500.

Toshiba OCZ VX500

Flipping over to the back there is another sticker that gives us the serial number and other important information. As we noted earlier we received the 512GB version of the drive, but it also comes in 128GB, 256GB, and 1 TB versions. There are also 4 screw holes on the bottom of the drive for mounting.

Toshiba OCZ VX500

This is a 7mm drive, as most new 2.5-inch solid state drives are. On each side of the drive you will find mounting holes. The chassis design has somewhat of a curve to it.

Toshiba OCZ VX500

At the end of the drive you have your typical SATA data and power connections.

Toshiba OCZ VX500

Under the hood you have Toshiba’s own TC358790 controller as well as 15nm Toshiba MLC NAND. For the 512GB version you have 8 NAND packages. Interestingly enough there is a spot for a cache chip, but it will only appear on the 1TB version of the drive. The three lower capacities of the drive do not feature a cache chip and rely on the controllers on-die SRAM for caching.

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