The VX500's excellent performance in real-world testing left us feeling pretty good about its prospects, but it's time to find out exactly where it lands in our rankings. To compare each drive, we then take the geometric mean of a basket of results from our test suite. Only drives which have been through the entire current test suite on our current rig are represented.
Not too shabby. The VX500 512GB is on par with the late Crucial BX100, which lives on in our hearts for redefining what's possible from a budget SSD. The VX500 can't quite reach the heights of the MX200 and MX300, but the MX200 is a little more expensive, while the MX300 has the advantage of 3D NAND. The VX500 comes nowhere close the outgoing Vector 180, but we knew from the start that was likely to be the case. At least going by this performance measure, the VX500 isn't the budget home-run that the Trion 150 was, nor is it the high-speed monster that the RD400 proved to be. Instead, it represents a practical compromise: pretty good performance at a pretty good price.
Let's see how other drives compare price-wise. Since this drive hasn't quite launched yet, we're relying on Toshiba's target price sheet to place the VX500. We're trying something new this time around—use the buttons below to switch between views of all drives, just SATA drives, or just PCIe drives. The most compelling position in these scatter plots is toward the upper left corner, where the price per gigabyte is low and performance is high.
Everything left of the VX500 512GB is a TLC drive, with the lone exception of the Reactor 1TB. But frankly, it's hard to compete on price with what is effectively the unofficial Deals of the Week drive. The Reactor, though, gives you a significantly stronger performance despite that lower price. If we ignore the Reactor for the moment, the VX500 looks to be in a pretty solid place. A little more cash gets you a little more performance in the MX200 500GB, while your best bet for a good deal less money is the somewhat slower Trion 150. If you can, our recommendation would be to scrounge up some more dough for that Reactor 1TB. It truly is a remarkable drive for the price.
If the step up to terabyte-class prices is too much for your wallet to handle, though, there's little fault to be found with the VX500. It did quite well in our RoboBench and boot/load tests, and those tests cover the vast majority of consumer workloads. Unless you've got some rather eclectic I/O needs, the VX500's somewhat lackluster IOMeter results will likely go unnoticed. The OCZ VX500 doesn't offer world-beating performance, but we still think it'll provide welcome competition to the MX200s and 850 EVOs of the world. Looking forward, we're curious to see what Toshiba will do with the now-vacant OCZ VT line. Planar 15-nm MLC is all well and good, but these days, it takes an extra dimension to set our hearts racing.