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Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB Review

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Rating: 8.0.

Toshiba OCZ already has the RD400 in the high-end/enthusiast SSD market segment and the TR150 at the value end of it. Notably missing was a new up to date drive to compete in the mainstream market. That gap has now been filled with the launch of the VX500 series.  It will take over from the old VT180 (Vector 180) mainstream series as that product line becomes end of life.

 

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The VX500 range is made up of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities. Under the skin, the controller and the 15nm 512Gbit MLC NAND are all Toshiba in-house designs. Incidentally, while the 512GB drive and lower capacities do not have any separate cache memory chip(s), the 1TB drive does make use of a single cache chip.

Toshiba OCZ quotes sequential performance figure for the 512GB drive at up to 550MB/s for reads and up to 515MB/s for writes. Random 4K performance is listed as up to 92,000 IOPS for reads with writes up to 65,000 IOPS.

Endurance for the 512GB drive is quoted at 296TB TBW, which works out to be around 162GB a day as the whole VX500 range is backed by a 5yr warranty.

Physical Specifications:

  • Usable Capacities: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
  • NAND Components: 15nm Toshiba 512Gbit MLC
  • Interface: Serial ATA (SATA) 6Gb/s (SATA III)
  • Form Factor: 2.5in 7mm
  • NAND Controller: Toshiba TC358790XBG
  • Dimensions: 100 x 69.85 x 7 mm
  • Drive Weight: 52g

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