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VisionTek Racer 480GB SSD

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Posted August 2, 2012 by Norman in Storage, HDs & SSDs

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WHAT WE LIKED:

Fast transfers; Large storage capacity; Great incompressible data results; Toggle NAND
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Price is very steep; Performance not fastest we've seen, but it is a larger size, so that is expected; Styling a bit bland
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Great all-around high capacity and high speed SSD for those who have the budget to spend.
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Closer Look

Below are the key features and specifications of the VisionTek Racer 480GB:

  • SandForce SF-2281series SSD processor paired with qualified Toshiba Toggle Model MLC NAND Flash for best performance, value and reliability.
  • SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s.
  • Sequential Read & Write Transfer: 555MB/s read 520MB/s Write
  • Max Random Write IOPS: Up to 85,000 (4K aligned)
  • TRIM support (O/S dependent)
  • Best-in-class ECC protection for longest data retention and drive life.
  • RAISE (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements)
  • DuraWrite extends the endurance of SSDs
  • Intelligent Block Management and Wear Leveling
  • Intelligent Read Disturb Management
  • Intelligent “Recycling” for advance free space management (Garbage Collection)
  • O/S Support: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / Mac OS / Linux
  • 3-Year limited warranty: This SSD kit is built to last under the most demanding, processor intensive environments, and is backed by a limited 3-year warranty.

The Racer Series comes in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities, all of which come with a 3 year warranty. The drive is packaged in a blue and black box, and the styling is reminiscent of an auto racing stripe. The box is emblazoned with the number 480GB on the top as well, and is not unlike an old-school stock car ready to race. Inside the box is a drive conversion bracket and the necessary screws, and really nothing else. The bracket is a nice addition though.

Aesthetically speaking, the VisionTek Racer 480GB is a good looking drive with its black and blue accents on a deep charcoal-colored aluminum case. A manufacturer sticker is on the front of the drive, though it doesn’t follow VisionTek’s typical red colour scheme we generally see in their graphics cards. In any event, SSDs are about speed and capacity, and aesthetics are simply a bonus if possible. The VisionTek Racer 480GB is cased in an aluminum housing, and despite its light weight, it has a tremendous shock tolerance, so no worries about dropping it.

At the rear of the drive is a sticker showing the drive model number and warranty code.

This VisionTek drive follows the SATA compatibility connection, although a native 6Gbps motherboard (such as Intel P67, Z68, X79, or Z77) is required for maximum performance on a SATA 6G port.

Under the hood, we know the Racer carries the latest SandForce SF-2281 controller and Toshiba Toggle MLC NAND, so it’s possible we will see big things here with this drive.

Let’s get this SSD on the bench and see what it can do.

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2 Comments


  1.  
    realneil

    Good review Norman. This is a nice drive even if it does cost a bit much. I found it online for $689.00 with free shipping. Here: http://www.hookbag.com/product/H3C06QTRJ/

    Maybe the price will continue to fall.




  2.  
    Gono

    Now, at http://www.hookbag.com/product/H3C06QTRJ/ , the price is 670$!
    Luckily for the end of the year it could go under 600…





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