It would appear that OCZ has arisen from the crypt (thanks to its new overlords at Toshiba), dusted off its suit, and decided to carry on as normal. They just announced the newest addition to their Vertex line of SSDs.
The Vertex 460 series enters into the mainstream SSD market with a SATA3 connection and capacities of 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB. This is all encased in an alloy shell that is only 7mm high. This means you can stick it into your small form factor laptop or Ultrabook.
On the backend, OCZ has improved on the technology used in the previous Vertex. The 460 series uses 19 nm Toshiba MLC NAND flash memory married to the proprietary Barefoot 3 (BF3) M10 controller. This combo is stated to provide both a fast and reliable SSD, with speeds of up to 545 MB/s sequential read and 525 MB/s sequential write. OCZ is also placing priority on reliability and flash-optimized endurance; Vertex 460 SSDs are rated to deliver 20GB of host writes per day for a 3-year warranty
OCZ Storage Solutions Announces New Vertex 460 SSD Series Delivering Exceptional Sustained Performance for Mainstream Users
Latest SATA III-Based Solid State Drive Series Leverages In-House Barefoot 3 M10 Controller with 19nm Flash for Cost-Conscious Enthusiasts Seeking High-Performance Storage
SAN JOSE, CA – January 22, 2014 - OCZ Storage Solutions - a Toshiba Group Company and leading provider of high-performance solid state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced its new Vertex 460 SATA III SSD Series. As part of the renowned Vertex series, Vertex 460 continues the legacy by delivering an exceptional mainstream solution with advanced storage performance, reliability, and quality that meet the demands of today’s client applications.
Evolving from the 20nm-based Vertex 450, the new Vertex 460 uses the company’s proprietary Barefoot 3 (BF3) M10 controller with state-of-the-art Toshiba 19nm MLC NAND flash memory to deliver a superior, cost-effective solid state storage solution. With an emphasis on real-world performance across all capacities, Vertex 460 SSDs start fast and continue that way over time, excelling in write speeds without the use of synthetic software-based optimization. The new series delivers excellent sustained and mixed-workload performance across the board whether the data is in compressed or uncompressed formats, as well as an accelerated and more responsive computing experience. Vertex 460 offers up to 545 MB/s sequential reads, 525 MB/s sequential writes, 95,000 4K random read IOPS, and up to 90,000 4K random write IOPS, while featuring sustained 4K random write performance up to 23,000 IOPS.
OCZ’s BF3 M10 controller is a derivative of the original that features AES-256 encryption and a power-optimized clock targeted at the mainstream market that does not compromise performance. With a priority on reliability and flash-optimized endurance, Vertex 460 SSDs are rated to deliver 20GB of host writes per day for a 3-year warranty, and feature an advanced suite of flash management tools that analyze and dynamically adapt to increasing NAND vulnerabilities as flash cells wear, heightening data integrity and drive life over the long term.
The Vertex 460 SSD Series is now available in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities with ultra-slim 7mm alloy housing to support today’s thin form-factor notebooks, and is bundled with $55 worth of accessories including a 3.5-inch desktop adapter and Acronis® True Image™ cloning software to enable quick and easy data transfer from legacy hard disk drives to high performance SSD storage.
For more information, please visit ocz.com/consumer
About OCZ Storage Solutions
OCZ Storage Solutions – a Toshiba Group Company is a leading provider of high performance client and enterprise solid-state storage products and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. Offering a complete spectrum of solid-state drives (SSDs), OCZ Storage Solutions leverages proprietary technology to provide SSDs in a variety of form factors and interfaces to address a wide range of applications. Having internally developed firmware and controllers, virtualization, cache and acceleration software, and endurance extending and data reliability technologies, the Company delivers vertically integrated solutions enabling transformational approaches to how digital data is captured, stored, accessed, analyzed and leveraged by customers. More information is available at www.ocz.com.