When OCZ acquired Indilinx some time ago, there was some skepticism, as the SandForce-based drives were really starting to come into their own, easily surpassing the 1st-Gen Indilinx Barefoot drives. Head scratching ensued, wondering what OCZ was up to. With the release of the original Everest controller, as we saw in the OCZ Octane, it was a step forward, but nothing terribly earth shattering. As things developed, it appears these were stepping stones, with the Barefoot 3 the result, looking to push things even further.
As we saw during most of the testing, the Barefoot 3 M10 controller isn’t quite as fast as the regular version we saw in the OCZ Vector, though it’s only behind by a very small margin. You wouldn’t notice a difference at all outside of synthetic benchmarks. Sequential speeds are nearly the same, but as we know, sequential speeds tell very little of the story of a drive’s true capabilities. It’s the 4K results (and IOPS, to an extent as well) that often make or break an SSD in terms of suitability as an OS drive, and the Vertex 450 excels there.
But what’s even more impressive is the incompressible data results, which are indicative of an OS drive. We tried several setups with ranging queue depths, and the simple fact is that the Vertex 450 chewed through all of them without missing a beat. That’s something that SandForce SSDs simply cannot do, and it seems things have now come full circle with OCZ’s latest “Indilinx Infused” Vertex 450.
In terms of pricing, the 256GB version of the Vertex 450 retails for about $229 which puts it about $20 more than most SandForce drives, although you only get 240GB of capacity on those drives. When you take the difference into account, they’re about equal in terms of pricing. However, the Barefoot 3 M10 controller is able to chew through incompressible data where the SandForce drives struggle. A disparity of 10MB/s or 5,000 IOPS here isn’t worth mentioning since nobody will notice that difference in real world usage anyways.
This leaves us very impressed by the OCZ Vertex 450. It’s almost as fast as the Vector drive, but a good deal less expensive. Though the raw speed numbers favor the Vector, the Vertex 450 is the better buy; you simply get excellent bang for your buck with this new drive.
The OCZ Vertex 450 is certainly a worthy competitor to the popular SandForce drives, and rather impressive when you look a bit further into its capabilities. More importantly to consumers, it offers a great value-added accessory with the free Acronis cloning software. With a comparable price and better incompressible data performance than the SandForce drives, we give the nod to the OCZ Vertex 450.
OCZ Vertex 450 256GB