OCZ Vector 256GB SATA III 2.5'' SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2013-03-01

The Vector is one of the latest products from OCZ, sports an in-house Indilinx Barefoot 3 NAND controller and has succeeded to surpass most of the SSDs we have tested so far. The Vector is available in 128GB, 256 and 512GB capacities and is also bundled with Acronis disk cloning software, which is very useful when transferring data from one drive to another.

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A Closer Look Contd.

Now looking on the bottom of the SSD, we will see the product serial number along with the code name:




The bottom is also kept fixed with 4 small screws:




One of the screws is covered with a sticker for warranty purposes:




After the removal of the top metallic cover, we will see that it also acts as a small heatsink for the Indilinx Barefoot 3 SSD controller. Between the controller and the cover we have a thermal pad:




By also removing the pad, we can uncover the inscriptions on it, which read IDX500M00-BC, the code name of the first in-house built controller, which is clocked at 400MHz and built on 65nm:




On the frontal side we can also spot a 256MB Micron IC DDR3 RAM buffer:




Also here we have 8 M2502128T048SX22 OCZ synchronous NAND chips manufactured at the 25nm process:




In order to see what is on the other side of the PCB, we have to remove 4 extra screws; the bottom side of the SSD comes with 8 extra NAND chips and one 256MB DDR3 for a total of 512MB of buffer:




Between the SSD buffer and one of the NAND flash chips, we will also find a TPS652510 power management IC with three step-down buck converters:




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