|Hard Drive||512 GB|
Toshiba OCZ VX500 Series 512GB 2.5" SATA III Solid State Drive with MLC flash (VX500-25SAT3-512G)
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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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|Data Transfer Rate||750 MB per second||6 Gb per second||6||6||750 MB per second||750 MB per second|
|Device Type||Internal Solid State Drive||Solid State Drives||Solid State Drives||Solid State Drives||Solid State Drives||Components Other|
|Digital Storage Capacity||512 GB||525 GB||250 GB||480 GB||512 GB||480 GB|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||512||525||250||480||512||480|
|Hard-Drive Size||512 GB||525 GB||250 GB||480 GB||512 GB||480 GB|
|Hard Disk Form Factor||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 & Mac||PC||PC||PC||PC|
|Item Dimensions||0.28 x 3.93 x 2.75 in||0.79 x 5.39 x 5.39 in||2.75 x 3.94 x 0.27 in||0.28 x 3.96 x 2.75 in||0.27 x 3.9 x 2.7 in||0.25 x 3.9 x 2.7 in|
|Item Weight||1.76 ounces||0.42 ounces||2.33 ounces||1.9 ounces||2.08 ounces||1.12 ounces|
|Memory Storage Capacity||512 GB||525 GB||250 GB||480 GB||512 GB||480 GB|
|Optical Storage Read Speed||—||530 MB/s||540||550||—||535MB/s|
|Writing speed of the optical memory||—||510 MB/s||520||515||—||450MB/s|
|Size||512 GB||525GB||250 GB||480GB||512 GB||480 GB|
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.
In the past I've used, mostly the Samsung EVO SSDs, I favor a 512GB size or bigger for laptops (as most now only offer one drive slot) and desktops, though I can get by with 256GB on netbooks or a desktop boot disk. I bought the StarTech USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable w/ UASP - SATA to USB 3.0 Converter for SSD/HDD with the first SSD and have not regretted the purchase, as it simplifies the cloning process a good deal.
Overall, the Toshiba drive compares well with any of the Samsung EVOs I've used in the past as far as installation and boot times. Disk speed tests may show it to be faster, but to my subjective, uncalibrated senses I don't notice any difference. Ultimately, for the experience, the Toshiba drive is a solid performer and a little higher on the price scale than other SSDs of comparable sizes.
This is not as fast as other pro lines but it is good quality as it uses MLC vs TLC
I have done a qualitative test and fell in real world (just dropped in a laptop and put ubuntu on it and used it normally).
It is noticeably faster than bottom of the line PNY and SanDisk (I'm talking their cheapest offering, not their higher end products).
It's only a little bit more expensive so I would pick this one.
If you are a crazy pro person who needs ultimate speed then spend more and get something faster.
I ended up putting this in a desktop computer for games and it is perfect.
This 2.5in form factor 6Gbit/s model is only 7mm high and will fit in most ultralight laptops.
Speeds are quite respectable. On DiskMark v5.2.0, this turned in Read and Write results of 72.66 and 73.70 MB/s respectively.
The drive is uninitialized out of the box. There are printed instructions for initializing it under Windows, but not for Mac, though it is compatible with Apple MacOS.
There are also instructions for downloading Acronis True Image HD software, which is an excellent aid to migrating data.
The drive is covered by a 5-year limited warranty.
Overall, a good value, though priced a tad higher than competitive brands.
I love SSD drives....I do a lot of grahics and video... whenever I do, I load those files onto the SSD and the scratch disks assigned to the SSD, and it makes a very noticeable difference. This is my second Toshiba SSD... had good luck with the first one, so I am sticking with the brand in the future. I like the concept of another reviewer did... using a cable as an external drive... not sure how if USB3.0 could ever offer the speed of the internal bus installation, but for some tasks, it might make sense... it makes the SSD portable as well...
cant find any reasons to not give this product 5 stars... hopefully durability will be typical Toshiba....