When it comes to SSDs most people these days are starting to focus on NVMe drives or at least M.2 drives. There is still interest and need for SATA drives as well though. A lot of the SATA drives have been focused on cheaper TLC based NAND but there is still a need for MLC NAND and that’s where the OCZ VX500 that was introduced last fall has been hanging out. It’s designed as a replacement for the OCZ Vector 180. They have dropped the Barefoot 3 controller and moved to a Toshiba based TC358790. That combined with the MLC NAND has me excited to finally take a look at the VX500 and see how it performs and where it fits in today’s marketplace.

Product Name: Toshiba OCZ VX500

Review Sample Provided by: Toshiba

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

Amazon Link: HERE




128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1024GB


Serial ATA (SATA) 6 Gbit/s

Dimension (L x W x H)

100.00 x 69.85 x 7.00 mm

NAND Flash Memory Type


Form Factor

2.5-inch, 7mm height

Drive Weight

128GB, 256GB: 49 g (typ.)

512GB: 52 g (typ.)

1024GB: 54 g (typ.)

Power Consumption

Up to 3.6 W (typ.)

128GB, 256GB, 512GB: 125 mW (typ.)
1024GB: 260 mW (typ.)

Operating Temperature

0°C to 70°C

Shock Resistance

14.7 km/s2 {1500 G} (0.5 ms)


1.5 Mhours

Product Health Monitoring

Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) Support


5-Year Advanced Warranty Program


SSD management software: SSD Utility and Command Line Online Update Tool (CLOUT)

Cloning software: Acronis® True Image™ 2016 with Windows® 10 support


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