|Hard Drive||256 GB|
Toshiba OCZ VX500 Series 256GB 2.5" SATA III Solid State Drive with MLC flash (VX500-25SAT3-256G)
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- Uses ubiquitous SATA 6Gbit/s interface, suitable for upgrading mainstream PCs & notebooks
- Delivers SSD performance with speeds up to 550 MB/s and 92,000 IOPS (4KiB)
- Higher endurance MLC NAND Flash- based option for users with write- intensive environments
- Lower power consumption and longer battery life with Built-in power management modes
- Bundled with Acronis true image cloning software to easily transfer current OS and data
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Toshiba OCZ VX500
SATA 6 Gbit/s 2.5-inch SSD
Designed for mainstream desktops and notebooks, the Toshiba OCZ VX500 SATA SSDs provide a faster, more responsive computing, gaming, and application experience compared to traditional hard disk drives (HDDs). Prioritizing storage endurance, the Toshiba MLC NAND flash-based VX500 series is suitable for users with write-intensive PC environments seeking well-balanced speed and features that will take system performance to the next level.
- Sequential Read/Write Speed: Up to 550/515 MB/s
- Random Read/Write Speed (4KiB): Up to 92,000/65,000 IOPS
- Endurance: Up to 592 TB TBW (Total Bytes Written)
- Warranty: 5-Year Advanced Warranty Program
- Included: Acronis True Image cloning software SSD Utility (SSD management software)
Excellent MLC Endurance
Is endurance important to you? We thought so. Equipped with MLC, the VX500 series offers endurance ratings from 74 to 592 terabytes written (TBW).
When it comes to real world applications, your VX500 drive will thrive. Imagine faster boot-ups, file transfers, game level loading, and data access compared to your lag-prone hard disk drive.
Free Data Migration Software
Bundled with Acronis True Image 2016 cloning software key to easily transfer your OS, applications, and data from your old hard disk drive or SSD.
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|Data Transfer Rate||750 MB per second||6||6||750 MB per second||750 MB per second||6 Gb per second|
|Device Type||Internal Solid State Drive||Solid State Drives||Solid State Drives||Solid State Drives||Solid State Drives||Solid State Drives|
|Digital Storage Capacity||256 GB||500 GB||480 GB||960 GB||256 GB||525 GB|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||256||500||480||960||256||525|
|Hard-Drive Size||256 GB||500 GB||480 GB||960 GB||256 GB||525 GB|
|Hard Disk Form Factor||2.5 in||2.5 in||2.5 in||2.5 in||2.5 in||2.5 in|
|Hardware Connectivity||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s|
|Hardware Platform||PC||PC||PC||PC||PC; Linux||PC & Mac|
|Item Dimensions||0.28 x 3.93 x 2.75 in||2.75 x 3.94 x 0.28 in||0.28 x 3.96 x 2.75 in||2.75 x 3.94 x 0.28 in||0.27 x 3.9 x 2.7 in||0.28 x 4.06 x 2.76 in|
|Item Weight||1.76 ounces||1.92 ounces||1.9 ounces||1.76 ounces||2.08 ounces||3.52 ounces|
|Memory Storage Capacity||256 GB||500 GB||480 GB||960 GB||256 GB||525 GB|
|Optical Storage Read Speed||—||540||550||—||—||530 MB/s|
|Writing speed of the optical memory||—||520||515||—||—||510 MB/s|
|Size||256 GB||500 GB||480GB||—||256 GB||525GB|
Designed for mainstream desktops and notebooks, the Toshiba OCZ VX500 SATA SSDs provide a faster, more responsive computing, gaming and application experience compared to traditional hard disc drives (HDDs). prioritizing storage endurance, the Toshiba MLC NAND flash- based VX500 Series is suitable for users with write-intensive PC environments seeking well-balanced speed and features that will take system performance to the next level.
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In short - this is now the second fastest (by a small margin) SSD that I own, but it is the most expensive per GB. Construction quality is at least on par with the others, feeling solidly made all around. It is quite a bit faster than my 850 Evo drives, which are near the bottom of my rankings in terms of speed. I do have a couple of drives from PNY and Aireye that offer more bang for the buck, but if you prefer Toshiba drives, this one is a solid choice.
I've purchased several Samsung Evo drives, including 840 and 850 models (never the Pro models because of the price premium). I also have drives from PNY, Aireye, and ADATA. I tend to buy Samsung drives because of my perception of reliability, but they aren't the fastest out there in my testing and usage. That, and I've never (yet, knock on wood) experienced a failure with any of my SSDs regardless of brand. The PNY model that I have is the fastest that I've used, with this Toshiba coming in second at (currently) - but the Aireye is nipping at this Toshiba's heels and costs a decent amount less.
Regarding speed, let me quantify that for you, and I'm using results from Blackmagic Disk Speed Test because I mostly use Macs at home. All of these tests were run with the drives in external USB 3.0 enclosures to make it a fair comparison, but your actual speeds will vary some in a different set up:
(*) ADATA Premier Pro SP920 256GB: Write = 181 MB/s, Read = 374 MB/s
(*) Samsung 850 EVO 500GB: Write = 240 MB/s, Read = 246 MB/s
(*) Aireye 240GB S1: Write = 320 MB/s, Read = 423 MB/s
(*) This Drive: Write = 351 MB/s, Read = 421 MB/s
(*) PNY CS2211 480GB: Write = 413 MB/s, Read = 431 MB/s
The ADATA and Samsung are 1 and 2, with one better at Write and the other better at Read. The Aireye is consistently better than both of those drives in Write and Read, this Toshiba is faster in Write than the Aireye and essentially the same in Read, and the PNY is the fastest (barely beating this at Read, but being almost 20% faster at Write).
The other side of the story is price. Speed is one thing, but is a drive a good value? Price-wise, as I type this (and SSD prices change pretty often), here's how they stack up for similarly sized drives:
(*) Aireye: $78 for 256GB ($0.30/GB) (this is for the newer S2 version that is being sold now, versus the S1 that I own)
(*) PNY: $85 for 240GB ($0.35/GB)
(*) Samsung: $90 for 250GB ($0.36/GB)
(*) ADATA: $93 for 256GB ($0.36/GB)
(*) This Drive: $104 for 256GB ($0.41/GB)
So, this performs very well compared to the others, but it's also the most expensive. Of course, check prices when you're shopping because prices move around, but the speed comparisons should help you out. After my experiences with Samsung customer service over the past 18 months, I really never want to have to deal with them again. I think that they make good SSDs, but I don't expect them to ever make good on a warranty claim, so I'm starting to move away from them because of their higher cost and slower speeds. Only you can decide how you want to approach reliability and the risk of a drive failure. I just wanted to let you know that this drive is made well and performs extremely well, beating out the 850 Evos but falling short of the PNY Pro Gaming model that I have.
After testing this out, here is what the VX500 gives (which is a little slow within its competition bracket):
Installing Windows 10 from a USB to start screen: 8.5 minutes (fairly quick here).
The below numbers you can see on the screen shots posted however here are what AS SSD gave:
Seq: 499 mbps Read | 432 mbps Write
4k: 15 mbps Read | 72 mbps Write
4k-64Thrd: 318 mbps Read | 196 mbps Write
Acc.Time: .081 ms Read | .040 ms Write
Total Score: 893
Samsung 850 Pro:
Seq: 488 mbps Read | 480 mbps Write
4k: 26 mbps Read | 40 mbps Write
4k-64Thrd: 405 mbps Read | 264 mbps Write
Acc.Time: .092 ms Read | .073 ms Write
Total Score: 1086
Just for Giggles: Samsung NVMe 512gb:
Seq: 1685 mbps Read | 1479 mbps Write
4k: 40 mbps Read | 41 mbps Write
4k-64Thrd: 1506 mbps Read | 354 mbps Write
Acc.Time: .081 ms Read | .063 ms Write
Total Score: 3127
What you can take from this is that it is not quite up to the level of the Pro of the Samsung line, and is a bit slow in that category. I would say it compares more evenly with the EVO line. It does run cool (as almost all SSDs do) and allows your laptop to run completely silently without the worry to dislodge or break your data if anything is dropped or moved (there are no moving parts in SSDs).
The summary here is that this drive is one of the better ones in terms of reliability. I would recommend buying an MLC drive vs the less expensive TLC because the price difference is minimal and it offers better longevity. However, when doing shopping for MLC SSDs, do diligence in your search for the best price/speed ratio because the VX500 is a bit slower than the lead of that 'pack'.
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