Introduction, Specifications and Packaging

The new OCZ Vertex 450 carries the performance of their Vector to 20nm flash!


Last month OCZ introduced the Vertex 3.20, which took their popular Vertex line to 20nm flash territory. The Vertex 3.20 used the same tride and true SandForce controller used in previous iterations of that line. The older Vertex line was starting to show its age, and the move to 20nm didn't really help the issue. We knew it was just a matter of time before they brought 20nm to their Indilinx Barefoot line, and that time is now. The new model suggests OCZ may abandon the Vector name, and resurrect the performance of their flagship product line by shifting their Indilinx Barefoot 3 (BF3-M10) over to a newly dubbed Vertex 450:

Lets jump right into the specs:


  • Capacity: 128, 256GB, 512GB
  • Sequential read:  540 MB/sec
  • Sequential write: 525 MB/sec
  • Random read IOPS (up to):  85 k-IOPS
  • Random write IOPS (up to):  90 k-IOPS

Continue reading our review of the OCZ Vertex 450 256GB SSD!!


The new controller is simply a revised version of the Barefoot 3 used in the OCZ Vector:

OCZ claims the new BF3-M10 runs at a lower clock. This move was done to increase yield. The reduced clock speed should (hopefully) not significantly reduce performance. The new design also incorporates support for 20nm flash and hardware AES-256 encryption.


The 3.5" bracket – removed from the packaging of the Vertex 3.20, returns with the new Vertex 450. Aside from that, it's the standard compact packaging we're used to seeing from OCZ.

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