OCZ Vertex 450 Overview
OCZ’s Vertex 450 is your typical 2.5-inch solid state drive. I really like that OCZ has been using full stickers on the top of the drive. This not only looks great, but also makes you want to show off the drive inside of your build. The sticker on this drive lets us know that it is the Vertex 450 drive and that it is Indilinx infused.
On the back of the drive there is another smaller sticker that has the serial number and other information. There are four mounting holes on the bottom of the drive and well as four screws that will allow you to open the drive up. Of course one of them is covered with a sticker so if you intend to open your drive you will be voiding the warranty. Just like any other solid state drive you have SATA power and data connections on one end.
On each side of the drive are two more mounting holes. The drive is only 7mm thick so it will fit easily in small systems and Ultrabooks.
The Vertex 450 makes use of the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller. It has the model number IDX500M10-BC. Around the controller are of course the NAND chips. As we mentioned earlier this drive makes use of IMFT 20nm MLC NAND. There is also a Micron IVM72 D9PFJ 256MB DRAM chip on board for cache.
The Barefoot 3 IDX500M10-BC is pretty much the same controller that was on the Vector drive, but it has a slightly lower clock and supports the newer 20nm MLC NAND.