OCZ can be really proud of the Vector. It is a real success, at least from what we had a chance to see in our tests. OCZ certainly had a lot on its hands as Vertex 4 was a good SSD to start with and trying to top that while making promises of high reliability, high endurance, high performance and sustainable performance certainly were not easy.
OCZ needed a good competitor to go against Samsung 840 Pro as you can see from various testing around the net and what we are quite sure that we will see that once we make our big SSD roundup review, it certainly did a good job.
With its first in-house Barefoot 3 controller it can only get better and we surely can’t wait to see what the future will bring. All those acquisitions certainly paid off and there has been a lot of talk regarding the upcoming Barefoot 3 pairing with 20nm MLC which can only bring more competitive and most importantly, more wallet friendly solid-state drives.
Price-wise the Vector gained some value momentum as OCZ now offers Far Cry 3 with every Vector SSD model. In the States, the Vector currently sells for US $149.99, $269.99 and $549.99 for the 128, 256 and 512GB versions. Its direct competitor, the Samsung 840 Pro, sells for around US $149.99, US $239.99 and US $519.99 for the 128, 256 and 512GB models, depending on the retailer/e-tailer and discounts. The Corsair Neutron GTX on the other hand is a bit cheaper and still offers impressive value at US $129.99, $199.99 and US $409.99 for 120, 240 and 480GB models.
In Europe the situation is pretty much similar, as an OCZ Vector can be found with an average lowest price set at €120, €210 and €445 for the 128, 256 and 512GB models, while Samsung 840 Pro breaths down its neck with pretty similar prices depending on the region or the retailer/e-tailer. The Corsair Neutron GTX also offers some impressive value in Europe as well priced at around €110, €190 and €420 for 120, 240 and 480GB models.
As many before us pointed out, OCZ’s main problem is the price and although fixed a bit with Far Cry 3 bundle it is still a bit on the high side. The high-end solid-state drives are still too expensive for an average consumer but the prices are getting more and more reasonable.
We are certainly looking forward to what OCZ has in store with the future of its Barefoot 3 controller and 20nm MLC NAND chips will certainly bring an interesting twist to the market.