CNET First Look
The OCZ Vector 180 is a good SSD for desktopsBeen wondering why the SSD you have at home doesn't look as good as it does on TV? CNET editor Dong Ngo has the answer with the help of the OCZ Vector 180.
Hi guys. **** Ngo here and this is OCZ's Vector 180 solid state drive. This one is the latest high end drive on the market. Trying to compete to this one from Samsung. But first this one is a standard internal drive to replace. These regular hard drives like this one right here for a laptop and this one right here for a desktop computer. It supports SATA3 6Gbps and will work in any place where a regular drive is being used. Now, one of the benefits of SSD is that they have no moving parts. And they are very fast, and generally better for better. In return though, you can only write so much data to them before they become unreliable. It's a thing called endurance rating. With this Vector 180, for example, you can write up to 60 gigabytes of data to it per day. Every day, for five years, for the total of 91 terabyte. That's a lot of data because most of us do not write more than 5 gig per day, and sure not every day. But other SSC can have a high endurance. The Samsung, for example, it has. Up to 150 terabyte. The Vector also have shorter warranty of five years, the Samsung has ten years. But it warranty, it come with Chill Plus feature, meaning that you need to show the serial number of the drive before you can have support, and also have it replace in case of defect. OCZ will also pay for you to ship the defective unit back. Another good thing is that the Vector 180 come with a very cool feature called power failure management. Basically, it has power supply on itself so that you can take the time and finish all the writing and shut down properly. In case of sudden power loss. That was the fact that it come with this desktop adopter right here meaning the drive works really well in desktop, where instead of power loss happen a lot more often than in a laptop. But in testing the new drive it performed quite well but not as well as some other high end drive. Basically [UNKNOWN] that sustain real low copy speed ups, some 350 megabyte per second for both reading and writing. But still, if you replace your hard drive in a computer with this one the computer performance will improve a huge. Deal. Now the best thing about the drive here is the price. It's available in four capacities from 120 gigs to a 960 gig and costs between $90 and $500. Now those are the suggested retail prices. And that means the street version is gonna be quite a bit lower. For more on this here, check out my full preview at cnet.com. Basically, if you don't expect top-mark, benchmark number, well, you'll be happy with this one. Very important, though, do not expect it to look this cool at home. After all, these are my hands. And that's because [UNKNOWN] has given me the first look at the OCZ Vector 180 solid state drive.